Promoter Polymorphism of Interleukin18 in Angiographically Proven Coronary Artery Disease

Department of Cardiology, Xiangfan Central Hospital, Xiangfan, Hubei, China.
Angiology (Impact Factor: 2.37). 04/2009; 60(2):180-185. DOI: 10.1177/0003319708319939

ABSTRACT Interleukin 18 (IL-18) is a pro-atherogenic cytokine associated with the occurrence of various cardiac complications. The IL-18 gene has a functional -137 G/C polymorphism (rs187238) in the promoter region. Using the ligase detection reaction-polymerase chain reaction, we genotyped a cohort of patients in Chinese Han population in Xiangfan region. Case patients of coronary artery disease and control patients were identified by coronary angiography. The plasma IL-18 concentrations were measured by ELISA. A significant increase of G allele or GG-genotype was observed in 241 case patients compared to 145 control individuals (frequency of G allele = 0.90 vs 0.83, p=0.004; frequency of GG-genotype = 0.81 vs 0.68, p = 0.005). In case patients, G allele carriers in multi-vessel disease patients had a higher occurrence rate when compared to single-vessel disease patients, but no significant difference was detected (frequency of G allele = 0.92 vs 0.88, p=0.107; frequency of GG-genotype = 0.84 vs 0.75, p = 0.089). IL-18 protein concentration of the -137GG genotype was much higher than concentration of the CG and CC genotype (case patients: 229.1±131.5 vs 122.7±73.6 pg/ml, P < 0.001; control patients: 65.9±31.6 vs 42.4±19.5 pg/ml, P < 0.001). To conclude, IL-18 promoter -137G/C polymorphism influences IL-18 levels and the occurrence of coronary artery disease, suggesting that IL-18 is causally involved in the development of atherosclerosis.

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