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PLoS One. 2013 Jun 20;8(6):e66456. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0066456. Print 2013.

Identification of the tyrosine-protein phosphatase non-receptor type 2 as a rheumatoid arthritis susceptibility locus in europeans.

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Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit, Central Manchester Foundation Trust, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom. joanna.cobb@manchester.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Genome-wide association studies have facilitated the identification of over 30 susceptibility loci for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, evidence for a number of potential susceptibility genes have not so far reached genome-wide significance in studies of Caucasian RA.

METHODS:

A cohort of 4286 RA patients from across Europe and 5642 population matched controls were genotyped for 25 SNPs, then combined in a meta-analysis with previously published data.

RESULTS:

Significant evidence of association was detected for nine SNPs within the European samples. When meta-analysed with previously published data, 21 SNPs were associated with RA susceptibility. Although SNPs in the PTPN2 gene were previously reported to be associated with RA in both Japanese and European populations, we show genome-wide evidence for a different SNP within this gene associated with RA susceptibility in an independent European population (rs7234029, P = 4.4×10(-9)).

CONCLUSIONS:

This study provides further genome-wide evidence for the association of the PTPN2 locus (encoding the T cell protein tyrosine phosphastase) with Caucasian RA susceptibility. This finding adds to the growing evidence for PTPN2 being a pan-autoimmune susceptibility gene.

PMID:
23840476
PMCID:
PMC3688762
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0066456
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