No Association of IFNG+874T/A SNP and NOS2A-954G/C SNP Variants with Nitric Oxide Radical Serum Levels or Susceptibility to Tuberculosis in a Brazilian Population Subset.

Department of Genetics and Southwest National Primate Research Center, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, 7620 NW Loop 410, 78227-5301 San Antonio, TX, USA.
BioMed research international 01/2013; 2013:901740. DOI: 10.1155/2013/901740
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most common infectious diseases in the world. Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection leads to pulmonary active disease in approximately 5-10% of exposed individuals. Both bacteria- and host-related characteristics influence latent infection and disease. Host genetic predisposition to develop TB may involve multiple genes and their polymorphisms. It was reported previously that interferon gamma (IFN- γ ) and nitric oxide synthase 2 (NOS2) are expressed on alveolar macrophages from TB patients and are responsible for bacilli control; thus, we aimed this study at genotyping single nucleotide polymorphisms IFNG+874T/A SNP and NOS2A-954G/C SNP to estimate their role on TB susceptibility and determine whether these polymorphisms influence serum nitrite and NO x (-) production. This case-control study enrolled 172 TB patients and 179 healthy controls. Neither polymorphism was associated with susceptibility to TB. NOS2A-954G/C SNP was not associated with serum levels of nitrite and NO x (-). These results indicate that variants of IFNG+874T/A SNP and NOS2A-954G/C SNP do not influence TB susceptibility or the secretion of nitric oxide radicals in the study population.