R Hal Scofield

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

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    ABSTRACT: Genetic variants at chromosomal region 11q23.3, near the gene ETS1, have been associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), or lupus, in independent cohorts of Asian ancestry. Several recent studies have implicated ETS1 as a critical driver of immune cell function and differentiation, and mice deficient in ETS1 develop an SLE-like autoimmunity. We performed a fine-mapping study of 14,551 subjects from multi-ancestral cohorts by starting with genotyped variants and imputing to all common variants spanning ETS1. By constructing genetic models via frequentist and Bayesian association methods, we identified 16 variants that are statistically likely to be causal. We functionally assessed each of these variants on the basis of their likelihood of affecting transcription factor binding, miRNA binding, or chromatin state. Of the four variants that we experimentally examined, only rs6590330 differentially binds lysate from B cells. Using mass spectrometry, we found more binding of the transcription factor signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (STAT1) to DNA near the risk allele of rs6590330 than near the non-risk allele. Immunoblot analysis and chromatin immunoprecipitation of pSTAT1 in B cells heterozygous for rs6590330 confirmed that the risk allele increased binding to the active form of STAT1. Analysis with expression quantitative trait loci indicated that the risk allele of rs6590330 is associated with decreased ETS1 expression in Han Chinese, but not other ancestral cohorts. We propose a model in which the risk allele of rs6590330 is associated with decreased ETS1 expression and increases SLE risk by enhancing the binding of pSTAT1. Copyright © 2015 The American Society of Human Genetics. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    The American Journal of Human Genetics 04/2015; 96(5). DOI:10.1016/j.ajhg.2015.03.002 · 10.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Autoantibodies reactive with Ro52 are often found in sera of patients with Sjögren's syndrome (SS). This study was undertaken to investigate the role of Ro52-induced immune responses in pathogenesis of SS. New Zealand Mixed (NZM) 2758 mice were immunised with Ro52 in alum adjuvant. Control mice were immunised either with maltose-binding protein or injected with alum alone. Mice were monitored for anti-Ro52 antibody, sialoadenitis and pilocarpine-induced salivation. Antibody binding to salivary gland (SG) cells was analysed in vivo and in vitro by immunofluorescence. Sera from immunised mice were passively transferred into untreated or alum injected NZM2758 mice. By day 30 post-immunisation, Ro52 immunised mice generated immunoprecipitating anti-Ro52 antibodies and they had the maximum drop in saliva production. Both Ro52 immunised and control mice showed evidence of mild sialoadenitis. However, only Ro52 immunised mice had antibody deposition in their SG. Passive transfer of Ro52-immune sera induced SG dysfunction in recipient mice, only if the recipients were primed with alum. In vitro, antibodies from Ro52-immune sera were internalised by a SG cell line and this uptake was inhibited by cytochalasin D treatment. Our data show for the first time that antibodies induced by Ro52 are capable of inducing SG dysfunction, and that this phenomenon is dependent on the activation of innate immunity. The mouse model described in this study implies that autoantibody deposition in the SG might be an important step in the induction of xerostomia and pathogenesis of SS. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://group.bmj.com/group/rights-licensing/permissions.
    Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 02/2015; DOI:10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-206297 · 9.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background Sjögren’s Syndrome (SS) is characterized by dry eyes and dry mouth, mediated by inflammatory and lymphoproliferative components primarily affecting the exocrine glands. Serum antibodies to Ro and La as well as glandular infiltrates composed of antigen-experienced CD4+ T cells, CD27+ B cells and plasma cells (ASCs) are hallmarks of SS. In addition to anti-Ro and anti-La, antibodies to Sm and rheumatoid factor have also been found in the serum and saliva of SS patients. The purpose of our study was to interrogate the glandular ASC humoral immune response of SS patients and controls by producing fully human, monoclonal antibodies (hmAbs) from single cell-sorted minor salivary gland (SG) ASC infiltrates by determining and comparing their specificities. Methods Studies were approved by the OMRF and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Institutional Review Boards. Samples and data were obtained from 9 subjects following written, informed consent and evaluated in the OMRF Sjögren’s Research Clinic. Four subjects met American/European combined and American College of Rheumatology criteria for SS. One of these also met the American College of Rheumatology criteria for SLE. Five subjects that did not meet disease criteria served as sicca controls. ASCs were isolated from labial SGs by single-cell-sorting for hmAb production. hmAbs were produced by the OMRF Human Monoclonal Antibody Core. Serum Ab and hmAb profiles of patients and controls were evaluated by various assays to determine specificities including ELISA, immunofluorescence ANA and Crithidia luciliae testing, INNO-LIA™ and BioPlex2200™, and double immunodiffusion (sera only) assays. Results From the 72 hmAbs analyzed to date (52/patient; 20/control), we found diverse antigen specificities, with hmAbs from SS patients more often binding self-antigens. While 56% of the hmAbs from SS patients bound Ro and/or La, only 19% from sicca controls did (p =0.001). We found hmAbs from SS patients to be more often polyreactive (binding more than one antigen) than the controls (29% vs. 12%, respectively). In addition, 3 hmAbs were reactive to the bacterial antigen, peptidoglycan (PGN) (patient = 2, control = 1). The anti-PGN hmAbs also bound common self-antigens. We found correlation between patient serum and SG hmAbs specificities. Conclusion In this ongoing study, we show correlations between glandular and serum antibody specificities, demonstrate that ASCs other than anti-Ro or anti-La are present in SS salivary glands and produce Ab in situ. Furthermore, we observed that the SGs are representative of the systemic immune response and that glandular ASC specificities were consistent with co-morbid disease presentation. We have also identified SG derived hmAbs that have cross-reactivity to bacterial- and self-antigens, supporting the theory of an infection-triggering event that leads to development of disease. Finally, these are the first fully human, antigen-specific monoclonal antibodies produced from SS salivary gland ASCs and therefore, may have clinical or diagnostic importance.
    ACR 2014, Boston, MA, USA; 11/2014
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    ABSTRACT: Sjögren's syndrome (SS) is an autoimmune inflammatory disease that primarily affects the lacrimal and salivary glands causing dry eyes and mouth. Antibodies to Ro60 are frequently observed in patients with SS; however, the role of these antibodies in SS initiation and progression remains unclear. The sequence Ro60 273-289 (Ro274) is a known B cell epitope of Ro60and antibodies to this epitope have been observed in a subset of SS patients and in animals immunized with Ro60 protein. Animals immunized with Ro274 linear peptide develop a Sjögren's-like illness. We hypothesized that passive transfer of anti-Ro274-specific IgG would induce a Sjögren's-like phenotype. To evaluate this hypothesis, we adoptively transferred affinity-purified Ro274 antibodies into naïve BALB/c animals then evaluated salivary gland histology, function and IgG localization four days post-transfer. At this timepoint, there was no demonstrable mononuclear cell infiltration and salivary glands were histologically normal, but we observed a functional deficit in stimulated salivary flow of animals receiving Ro274 antibodies compared to animals receiving control IgG. Cellular fractionation and ELISA revealed Ro274-specific antibodies in the nucleus and cytoplasmic fractions of isolated parotid salivary gland cells that was confirmed by immunohistochemistry. These data support the hypothesis that antibodies to Ro274 deposit in salivary glands, can enter intact salivary gland cells and are involved in the dysregulation of salivary flow in SS.
    Clinical & Experimental Immunology 11/2014; 180(1). DOI:10.1111/cei.12480 · 3.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Exploiting genotyping, DNA sequencing, imputation, and trans-ancestral mapping, we used Bayesian and frequentist approaches to model the IRF5-TNPO3 locus association, now implicated in two immunotherapies and seven autoimmune diseases. Specifically, in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) we resolved separate associations in the IRF5 promoter (all ancestries) and with an extended European haplotype. We captured 3,230 IRF5-TNPO3 high quality, common variants across five ethnicities in 8,395 SLE cases and 7,367 controls. The genetic effect from the IRF5 promoter can be explained by any one of four variants in 5.7 kb (p-valuemeta=6x10(-49); OR=1.38-1.97). The second genetic effect spanned an 85.5 kb, 24 variant haplotype that included the genes IRF5 and TNPO3 (p-valuesEU=10(-27)-10(-32), OR=1.7-1.81). Many variants at the IRF5 locus with previously assigned biological function are not members of either final credible set of potential causal variants identified herein. In addition to the known biologically functional variants, we demonstrated that the risk allele of rs4728142, a variant in the promoter among the lowest frequentist probability and highest Bayesian posterior probability, was correlated with IRF5 expression and differentially binds the transcription factor ZBTB3. Our analytical strategy provides a novel framework for future studies aimed at dissecting etiological genetic effects. Finally, both SLE elements of the statistical model appear to operate in Sjögren's syndrome and systemic sclerosis while only the IRF5-TNPO3 gene-spanning haplotype is associated in primary biliary cirrhosis, demonstrating the nuance of similarity and difference in autoimmune disease risk mechanisms at IRF5-TNPO3.
    Human Molecular Genetics 09/2014; DOI:10.1093/hmg/ddu455 · 6.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives The serologic hallmark of primary Sjögren’s syndrome (pSS) is IgG antibodies specific for Ro (SSA) and La (SSB). Molecular characteristics of glandular-derived B cells at the site of pSS inflammation have been described; however, parallels between glandular antibody-secreting cells (ASC) and serologic antibody specificities have not been evaluated. We utilized recombinant monoclonal antibody (hmAb) technology to study salivary gland-(SG) derived ASC specificities, evaluating their molecular characteristics and identified IgG antibody specificity.MethodshmAbs were generated from glandular IgG ASC. Heavy and light chain usage and immunoglobulin subclass were analyzed by sequencing. ELISA, indirect immunofluorescence, enzyme immunoassay and 35S immunoprecipitation analysis were used to determine antibody specificity.ResultsEvaluation of single ASCs from SG biopsies of patients with primary SS or with SS and overlapping SLE revealed significant concordance between serum autoantibody and glandular ASC specificities. Glandular-derived ASC heavy and light chains were extensively somatically hypermutated, indicative of antigen-driven responses. Specifically, we produced the first fully human monoclonal autoantibodies derived from salivary glands in this study.Conclusions Salivary glands in SS patients are a site for antibody production, which extend beyond the canonical Ro and/or La SS specificities. Furthermore, we demonstrate that glandular antibody production strongly reflects the serological humoral response in the two patients studied herein. © 2014 American College of Rheumatology.
    09/2014; DOI:10.1002/art.38872
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    ABSTRACT: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE; OMIM 152700) is characterised by the production of antibodies to nuclear antigens. We previously identified variants in complement receptor 2 (CR2/CD21) that were associated with decreased risk of SLE. This study aimed to identify the causal variant for this association.
    Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 09/2014; DOI:10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-205584 · 9.27 Impact Factor
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    International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases 06/2014; 17(5). DOI:10.1111/1756-185X.12428 · 1.77 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In recent years, vitamin D has been shown to possess a wide range of immunomodulatory effects. Although there is extensive amount of research on vitamin D, we lack a comprehensive understanding of the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency or the mechanism by which vitamin D regulates the human immune system. This study examined the prevalence and correlates of vitamin D deficiency and the relationship between vitamin D and the immune system in healthy individuals. Healthy individuals (n = 774) comprised of European-Americans (EA, n = 470), African-Americans (AA, n = 125), and Native Americans (NA, n = 179) were screened for 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] levels by ELISA. To identify the most noticeable effects of vitamin D on the immune system, 20 EA individuals with severely deficient (<11.3 ng/mL) and sufficient (>24.8 ng/mL) vitamin D levels were matched and selected for further analysis. Serum cytokine level measurement, immune cell phenotyping, and phosphoflow cytometry were performed. Vitamin D sufficiency was observed in 37.5% of the study cohort. By multivariate analysis, AA, NA, and females with a high body mass index (BMI, >30) demonstrate higher rates of vitamin D deficiency (p<0.05). Individuals with vitamin D deficiency had significantly higher levels of serum GM-CSF (p = 0.04), decreased circulating activated CD4+ (p = 0.04) and CD8+ T (p = 0.04) cell frequencies than individuals with sufficient vitamin D levels. A large portion of healthy individuals have vitamin D deficiency. These individuals have altered T and B cell responses, indicating that the absence of sufficient vitamin D levels could result in undesirable cellular and molecular alterations ultimately contributing to immune dysregulation.
    PLoS ONE 04/2014; 9(4):e94500. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0094500 · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Efforts to identify lupus-associated causal variants in the FAM167A/BLK locus on 8p21 are hampered by highly associated noncausal variants. In this report, we used a trans-population mapping and sequencing strategy to identify a common variant (rs922483) in the proximal BLK promoter and a tri-allelic variant (rs1382568) in the upstream alternative BLK promoter as putative causal variants for association with systemic lupus erythematosus. The risk allele (T) at rs922483 reduced proximal promoter activity and modulated alternative promoter usage. Allelic differences at rs1382568 resulted in altered promoter activity in B progenitor cell lines. Thus, our results demonstrated that both lupus-associated functional variants contribute to the autoimmune disease association by modulating transcription of BLK in B cells and thus potentially altering immune responses.
    The American Journal of Human Genetics 04/2014; 94(4):586-98. DOI:10.1016/j.ajhg.2014.03.008 · 10.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) is a systemic autoimmune disease with incompletely understood etiology. Very little is known about the role of epigenetic dysregulation in the pathogenesis of pSS. Methods: We performed a genome-wide DNA methylation study in naïve CD4(+) T cells in eleven pSS patients compared to age-, sex-, and ethnicity-matched healthy controls. Cytosine methylation was quantified using the Illumina Infinium HumanMethylation450 BeadChip array and validated using bisulfite sequencing. Results: We identified 553 hypomethylated and 200 hypermethylated CpG sites in naïve CD4(+) T cells from pSS patients compared to healthy matched controls, representing 311 hypomethylated and 115 hypermethylated gene regions. Hypomethylated genes in pSS include LTA, coding for Lymphotoxin α. Other relevant genes such as CD247, TNFRSF25, PTPRC, GSTM1 and PDCD1 were also hypomethylated. The interferon signature pathway was represented by hypomethylation of STAT1, IFI44L, USP18 and IFITM1. A group of genes encoding for members of the solute carrier proteins were differentially methylated. In addition, the transcription factor RUNX1 was hypermethylated in patients, suggesting a possible connection to lymphoma predisposition. Gene ontology (GO) analysis of hypomethylated genes demonstrated enrichment of genes involved in lymphocyte activation and immune response. GO terms for hypermethylated genes included antigen processing and presentation. Conclusion: This is the first epigenome-wide DNA methylation study in pSS. Our data highlight a role for DNA methylation in pSS and identify disease-associated DNA methylation changes in several genes and pathways in naïve CD4(+) T cells in pSS that may be involved in the pathogenesis of this disease. © 2013 American College of Rheumatology.
    Arthritis & Rheumatology 03/2014; 66(3). DOI:10.1002/art.38264 · 7.87 Impact Factor
  • Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 01/2014; 72(Suppl 3):A264-A265. DOI:10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-eular.820 · 9.27 Impact Factor
  • Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 01/2014; 72(Suppl 3):A54-A55. DOI:10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-eular.225 · 9.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Genome wide association studies have identified variants in PXK that confer risk for humoral autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus), rheumatoid arthritis and more recently systemic sclerosis. While PXK is involved in trafficking of epidermal growth factor Receptor (EGFR) in COS-7 cells, mechanisms linking PXK to lupus pathophysiology have remained undefined. In an effort to uncover the mechanism at this locus that increases lupus-risk, we undertook a fine-mapping analysis in a large multi-ancestral study of lupus patients and controls. We define a large (257kb) common haplotype marking a single causal variant that confers lupus risk detected only in European ancestral populations and spans the promoter through the 3' UTR of PXK. The strongest association was found at rs6445972 with P < 4.62 × 10(-10), OR 0.81 (0.75-0.86). Using stepwise logistic regression analysis, we demonstrate that one signal drives the genetic association in the region. Bayesian analysis confirms our results, identifying a 95% credible set consisting of 172 variants spanning 202 kb. Functionally, we found that PXK operates on the B-cell antigen receptor (BCR); we confirmed that PXK influenced the rate of BCR internalization. Furthermore, we demonstrate that individuals carrying the risk haplotype exhibited a decreased rate of BCR internalization, a process known to impact B cell survival and cell fate. Taken together, these data define a new candidate mechanism for the genetic association of variants around PXK with lupus risk and highlight the regulation of intracellular trafficking as a genetically regulated pathway mediating human autoimmunity.
    Frontiers in Genetics 01/2014; 5:450. DOI:10.3389/fgene.2014.00450
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    ABSTRACT: Prolidase deficiency is a rare autosomal recessive disease in which one of the last steps of collagen metabolism, cleavage of proline-containing dipeptides, is impaired. Only about 93 patients have been reported with about 10% also having systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We studied a large extended Amish pedigree with four prolidase deficiency patients and three heterozygous individuals for lupus-associated autoimmunity. Eight unaffected Amish children served as normal controls. Prolidase genetics and enzyme activity were confirmed. Antinuclear antibodies (ANA) were determined using indirect immunofluorescence and antibodies against extractable nuclear antigens were determined by various methods, including double immunodiffusion, immunoprecipitation and multiplex bead assay. Serum C1q levels were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Two of the four homozygous prolidase deficiency subjects had a positive ANA. One had anti-double-stranded DNA, while another had precipitating anti-Ro. By the simultaneous microbead assay, three of the four had anti-Sm and anti-chromatin. One of the three heterozygous subjects had a positive ANA and immunoprecipitation of a 75 000 molecular weight protein. The unaffected controls had normal prolidase activity and were negative for autoantibodies. Prolidase deficiency may be associated with the loss of immune tolerance to lupus-associated autoantigens even without clinical SLE.
    International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases 12/2013; 16(6). DOI:10.1111/1756-185X.12254 · 1.77 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Sjögren's syndrome is a common autoimmune disease (affecting ∼0.7% of European Americans) that typically presents as keratoconjunctivitis sicca and xerostomia. Here we report results of a large-scale association study of Sjögren's syndrome. In addition to strong association within the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) region at 6p21 (Pmeta = 7.65 × 10(-114)), we establish associations with IRF5-TNPO3 (Pmeta = 2.73 × 10(-19)), STAT4 (Pmeta = 6.80 × 10(-15)), IL12A (Pmeta = 1.17 × 10(-10)), FAM167A-BLK (Pmeta = 4.97 × 10(-10)), DDX6-CXCR5 (Pmeta = 1.10 × 10(-8)) and TNIP1 (Pmeta = 3.30 × 10(-8)). We also observed suggestive associations (Pmeta < 5 × 10(-5)) with variants in 29 other regions, including TNFAIP3, PTTG1, PRDM1, DGKQ, FCGR2A, IRAK1BP1, ITSN2 and PHIP, among others. These results highlight the importance of genes that are involved in both innate and adaptive immunity in Sjögren's syndrome.
    Nature Genetics 10/2013; DOI:10.1038/ng.2792 · 29.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Immunoregulatory cytokine interleukin-10 (IL-10) is elevated in sera from patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) correlating with disease activity. The established association of IL10 with SLE and other autoimmune diseases led us to fine map causal variant(s) and to explore underlying mechanisms. We assessed 19 tag SNPs, covering the IL10 gene cluster including IL19, IL20 and IL24, for association with SLE in 15,533 case and control subjects from four ancestries. The previously reported IL10 variant, rs3024505 located at 1 kb downstream of IL10, exhibited the strongest association signal and was confirmed for association with SLE in European American (EA) (P = 2.7×10(-8), OR = 1.30), but not in non-EA ancestries. SNP imputation conducted in EA dataset identified three additional SLE-associated SNPs tagged by rs3024505 (rs3122605, rs3024493 and rs3024495 located at 9.2 kb upstream, intron 3 and 4 of IL10, respectively), and SLE-risk alleles of these SNPs were dose-dependently associated with elevated levels of IL10 mRNA in PBMCs and circulating IL-10 protein in SLE patients and controls. Using nuclear extracts of peripheral blood cells from SLE patients for electrophoretic mobility shift assays, we identified specific binding of transcription factor Elk-1 to oligodeoxynucleotides containing the risk (G) allele of rs3122605, suggesting rs3122605 as the most likely causal variant regulating IL10 expression. Elk-1 is known to be activated by phosphorylation and nuclear localization to induce transcription. Of interest, phosphorylated Elk-1 (p-Elk-1) detected only in nuclear extracts of SLE PBMCs appeared to increase with disease activity. Co-expression levels of p-Elk-1 and IL-10 were elevated in SLE T, B cells and monocytes, associated with increased disease activity in SLE B cells, and were best downregulated by ERK inhibitor. Taken together, our data suggest that preferential binding of activated Elk-1 to the IL10 rs3122605-G allele upregulates IL10 expression and confers increased risk for SLE in European Americans.
    PLoS Genetics 10/2013; 9(10):e1003870. DOI:10.1371/journal.pgen.1003870 · 8.17 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To compare the performance of the American-European Consensus Group (AECG) and the newly proposed American College of Rheumatology (ACR) classification criteria for Sjögren's Syndrome (SS) in a well-characterised sicca cohort, given ongoing efforts to resolve discrepancies and weaknesses in the systems. In a multidisciplinary clinic for the evaluation of sicca, we assessed features of salivary and lacrimal gland dysfunction and autoimmunity as defined by tests of both AECG and ACR criteria in 646 participants. Global gene expression profiles were compared in a subset of 180 participants. Application of the AECG and ACR criteria resulted in classification of 279 and 268 participants with SS, respectively. Both criteria were met by 244 participants (81%). In 26 of the 35 AECG+/ACR participants, the minor salivary gland biopsy focal score was ≥1 (74%), while nine had positive anti-Ro/La (26%). There were 24 AECG-/ACR+ who met ACR criteria mainly due to differences in the scoring of corneal staining. All patients with SS, regardless of classification, had similar gene expression profiles, which were distinct from the healthy controls. The two sets of classification criteria yield concordant results in the majority of cases and gene expression profiling suggests that patients meeting either set of criteria are more similar to other SS participants than to healthy controls. Thus, there is no clear evidence for increased value of the new ACR criteria over the old AECG criteria from the clinical or biological perspective. It is our contention, supported by this report, that improvements in diagnostic acumen will require a more fundamental understanding of the pathogenic mechanisms than is at present available.
    Annals of the rheumatic diseases 08/2013; 73(1). DOI:10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-203845 · 9.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The genetic factors underlying the pathogenesis of lupus nephritis associated with systemic lupus erythematosus are largely unknown, although animal studies indicate that nuclear factor (NF)-κB is involved. We reported previously that a knockin mouse expressing an inactive form of ABIN1 (ABIN1[D485N]) develops lupus-like autoimmune disease and demonstrates enhanced activation of NF-κB and mitogen-activated protein kinases in immune cells after toll-like receptor stimulation. In the current study, we show that ABIN1[D485N] mice develop progressive GN similar to class III and IV lupus nephritis in humans. To investigate the clinical relevance of ABIN1 dysfunction, we genotyped five single-nucleotide polymorphisms in the gene encoding ABIN1, TNIP1, in samples from European-American, African American, Asian, Gullah, and Hispanic participants in the Large Lupus Association Study 2. Comparing cases of systemic lupus erythematosus with nephritis and cases of systemic lupus erythematosus without nephritis revealed strong associations with lupus nephritis at rs7708392 in European Americans and rs4958881 in African Americans. Comparing cases of systemic lupus erythematosus with nephritis and healthy controls revealed a stronger association at rs7708392 in European Americans but not at rs4958881 in African Americans. Our data suggest that variants in the TNIP1 gene are associated with the risk for lupus nephritis and could be mechanistically involved in disease development via aberrant regulation of NF-κB and mitogen-activated protein kinase activity.
    Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 08/2013; DOI:10.1681/ASN.2013020148 · 9.47 Impact Factor

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  • 1991–2015
    • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
      • • College of Medicine
      • • Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
      • • Section on Diabetes/Endocrinology
      Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
  • 1999–2014
    • Oklahoma City University
      Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
  • 1991–2014
    • Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
      • Arthritis and Clinical Immunology Program
      Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
  • 2013
    • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
      • Division of Rheumatology
      Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
    • Medical University of South Carolina
      • Division of Rheumatology and Immunology
      Charleston, South Carolina, United States
  • 2012
    • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
      • Center for Cancer Immunobiology
      Dallas, Texas, United States
  • 2011
    • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
      Washington, Washington, D.C., United States
  • 2009
    • Carl Gustav Carus-Institut
      Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • 1994–2001
    • University of Oklahoma
      Norman, Oklahoma, United States