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Exp Clin Immunogenet. 1986;3(4):195-200.

HLA in Buerger's disease.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan.


Recent studies have focused on the possible genetic factor(s) in the pathogenesis of Buerger's disease as well as in Takayasu's disease. We investigated HLA-A, B, C, DR, and DQ antigens in 59 patients with Buerger's disease to confirm statistically significant high frequencies of Aw24, Bw40, Bw54, Cw1, and DR2 antigens and a low frequency of DR9 and DRw52 as compared with those in 152 normal Japanese individuals. As the haplotpye Aw24-Bw54-Cw1-DR4 is known to be common among Japanese, a significantly high frequency of haplotype Bw54-DR2 found in cases of Buerger's disease, instead of that of Bw54-DR4, may suggest a possible cross-linkage occurrence in chromosome 6, which could prove to be an important causative phenomenon in the pathophysiology of Buerger's disease.

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