Polymorphisms in the FOXP3 gene in Han Chinese psoriasis patients.
ABSTRACT Psoriasis is a common dermatological disorder, in which autoimmunity plays an important role. CD4(+)CD25(+) regulatory T cells (T-regs) have been suggested to be involved in the pathogenesis of some autoimmune diseases. T-regs express the fork head/winged helix transcription factor, FOXP3, which appears to be of key importance in the development and function of T-regs. Studies have found that single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the FOXP3 gene contribute to susceptibility to some autoimmune disorders. However, information about FOXP3 gene in psoriasis is limited.
This study evaluated the association between FOXP3 gene SNPs and susceptibility to psoriasis in a Han Chinese population.
In a hospital-based case-control study, 524 patients with psoriasis and 549 psoriasis-free controls were recruited according to age and gender. We investigated four SNPs in the FOXP3 gene (-6054, deletion/ATT; -3279, A/C; -924, A/G; IVS9+459, A/G) in psoriatic patients, and assessed allele and genotype frequencies in psoriatic patients (237 females, 287 males) and normal controls (272 females, 277 males). The polymorphisms were genotyped using the PCR sequence-specific primer (PCR-SSP) technique and PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis.
We found that increased risk of psoriasis was associated with the FOXP3 -3279 AC genotype (adjusted OR, 1.32; 95% CI, 1.01-1.74) and the combined AC+AA genotype (adjusted OR, 1.38; 95% CI, 1.07-1.78), compared with the -3279 CC genotype. We also found that an increased risk of psoriasis was associated with the FOXP3 IVS9+459 GG genotype (adjusted OR, 2.24; 95% CI, 1.41-3.58). However, the combined GA+GG genotype showed no such tendency (adjusted OR=1.28; 95% CI, 1.00-1.64), compared with the IVS9+459 AA genotype. There was no evidence of an increased risk associated with the FOXP3-6054 deletion/ATT or FOXP3-924 A/G genotype. In combined genotype analyses, the FOXP3-3279 AC+AA genotype was more obviously associated in males (adjusted OR=1.60, 95% CI=1.11-2.31) and severe psoriasis patients (PASI score >20; adjusted OR=1.97, 95% CI=1.41-2.75). Meanwhile, the FOXP3 IVS9+459 GA+GG genotype was also associated with severe psoriasis patients (adjusted OR=1.69, 95% CI=1.21-2.36).
FOXP3 polymorphisms appear to contribute to the risk of psoriasis in a Han Chinese population. Larger studies are needed to confirm these findings.
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ABSTRACT: Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disorder in which CD4(+)CD25(+) FOXP3(+)regulatory T cells (Tregs) are thought to play important roles in driving the ongoing autoimmune response. Although it is known that single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the fork head/winged-helix transcription factor 3 (FOXP3) gene contribute to some autoimmune diseases, information about the role of this gene in MG is limited. We therefore evaluated the association between FOXP3 gene SNPs and susceptibility to MG in a Han Chinese population. In a hospital-based, case-control study, two SNPs in the FOXP3 gene (-3279 and IVS9+459) were investigated in 118 MG and 124 healthy controls, and their relationship with the four parameters of gender, onset age, thymus pathology, and clinical classification of MG were performed with a stratified analysis. We found that the frequency of the FOXP3 IVS9+459 G allele was significantly lower in MG patients than in healthy controls (P=0.041), while the frequency of the FOXP3 -3279 polymorphisms was not significantly different between the two groups. Our results suggest that FOXP3 IVS9+459 polymorphisms appear to have an effect on the risk of MG in a Han Chinese population, and the G allele may be a genetic protective factor to MG.Neuroscience Letters 12/2012; · 2.03 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Parasites exert a selection pressure on their hosts and are accountable for driving diversity within gene families and immune gene polymorphisms in a host population. The overwhelming response of regulatory T cells during infectious challenges directs the host immune system to lose the ability to mount parasite specific T cell responses. The underlying idea of this study is that regulatory single nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs) can cause significant changes in gene expression in functional immune genes. We identified and investigated regulatory SNPs in the promoter region of the FOXP3 gene in a group of Gabonese individuals exposed to a variety of parasitic infections. We identified two novel and one promoter variants in 40 individual subjects. We further validated these promoter variants for their allelic gene expression using transient transfection assays. Two promoter variants, -794 (C/G) and the other variant -734/-540 (C/T) revealed a significant higher expression of the reporter gene at basal level in comparison to the major allele. The identification of SNPs that modify function in the promoter regions could provide a basis for studying parasite susceptibility in association studies.Immunogenetics 04/2011; 63(7):409-15. · 2.89 Impact Factor