Celiac Disease Genetics: Current Concepts and Practical Applications

Institute of Immunology, University of Oslo, Rikshospitalet University Hospital, N-0027 Oslo, Norway.
Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Impact Factor: 7.9). 10/2005; 3(9):843-51. DOI: 10.1016/S1542-3565(05)00532-X
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Celiac disease is a multifactorial disease with complex genetics. Both HLA and non-HLA genes contribute to the genetic component, but recent findings suggest that the importance of non-HLA genes might have been overestimated. No susceptibility genes other than HLA-DQ have yet been identified in celiac disease. In contrast to the meager knowledge regarding non-HLA genes, we have acquired a detailed understanding about which HLA genes are predisposing for disease, and how they are involved in the pathogenesis. This knowledge might pave the road for novel treatments for the disease. The role of HLA as a necessary, but not sufficient, genetic factor can moreover be used for diagnostic purposes to exclude a celiac disease diagnosis. The applicability of HLA genotyping is particularly useful for excluding celiac disease in family members or risk groups with fairly unbiased distribution of HLA alleles (ie, patients with Turner syndrome and patients with Down syndrome) and in patients with a clinical suspicion of celiac disease.

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    • "The signature of HLA class ii genes in 2003) The true prevalence of CD is difficult to estimate because of the variable presentation of the disease, particularly since many patients can have little or no symptoms. A significant proportion of the genetic predisposition comes from MHC-linked genes, estimated to account for about 50% of the genetic load (Sollid and Lie, 2005). CD appears to represent a spectrum of clinical features and presentations classified as follows:. "
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    • "Upon initial interpretation of biopsy results, celiac disease was felt to be a possibility, but since total IgA and IgG were low, negative celiac serologic testing proved difficult to interpret. Genetic testing revealed that he was negative for HLA DQ2 and DQ8 markers, so celiac disease was felt to be unlikely since these haplotypes are typically present in individuals with celiac disease [6]. With no evidence for infection, the possibility of MMF-related enterocolitis was felt to be the most likely explanation for his symptoms. "
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    • "CD is a multifactorial disorder including both genetic and environmental factors whose relative weight is not yet fully understood. Differences in concordance rates in monozygotic (86%) and dizygotic (20%) twins strongly suggest a relevant influence of genetic factors, of which HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigen) is estimated to contribute for 40–50% to disease development [3, 4]. In particular, while roughly 95% of CD patients carries HLA-DQ2 (DQA1*0501/DQB1*0201), most individuals that are not HLA-DQ2 positive express HLA-DQ8 (DQA1*0301/DQB1*0302). "
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