[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Several genes have been implicated in the etiology of ankylosing spondylitis (AS); however, the significance of these genes except HLA-B27 remains to be elucidated. In this study, we examined the association of AS with novel candidate genes and previously reported genes other than HLA-B27. We examined a total of 45 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 15 genes by a sequential screening. We first genotyped 170 Japanese AS patients and 896 controls for the SNPs (first screen). Then, we genotyped eight SNPs with P < 0.05 in the first screen for 108 additional Japanese patients (second screen). We checked the replication of the association of the most significant SNP by genotyping 219 Taiwanese AS patients and 185 controls. When the first and second screens were combined, four SNPs showed nominal significance of P < 0.05. An intronic SNP (IVS1 + 996G > A) in MSX2, a novel candidate gene, showed the most significant association (P = 0.0030). The association was not replicated in our Taiwanese population; however, there was the same trend with the Japanese population in the allelic frequency distribution of the SNP. In the genes previously reported to have association with AS, only one synonymous SNP, c.963T > G in ANKH, showed a marginal association in the Japanese population (P = 0.045).
Journal of Human Genetics 02/2008; 53(5):419-24. · 2.37 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Research to date has identified several genes that are implicated in the etiology of ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament of the spine (OPLL); however, their pathogenetic relevance remains obscure. The aim of this study is to identify susceptibility genes for OPLL through a large-scale case-control association study and to re-examine previously reported associations. A total of 109 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 35 candidate genes were genotyped for 711 sporadic OPLL patients and 896 controls. The differences in allelic and genotypic distribution between patients and controls were assessed using the chi (2) test with Bonferroni's correction. We also analyzed the association by separating patients into subgroups according to sex, age and the number of ossified vertebrae. The nominal P values fell below 0.05 for five SNPs in three genes. An intronic SNP in the TGF3 gene (P=0.00040) showed the most significant association. Previously reported associations of COL11A2, NPPS and TGFB1 with OPLL could not be reproduced. Further, no significant associations were detected in stratified analyses based on sex, age or the number of ossified vertebrae. TGFB3 warrants further investigation because it is located within a genomic region that has been positively linked with OPLL.
Human Genetics 08/2006; 119(6):611-6. · 4.63 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Susceptibility genes for seronegative spondyloarthropathy (SNSA) other than HLA-B27 remain unclarified. Sex hormones are implicated in the pathogenesis of SNSA. Cytochrome P450c17a (CYP17) is a key regulator of androgen biosynthesis, and a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the 5'-untranslated region of the CYP17 gene (CYP17), -34C > T, is associated with variety of diseases. We have investigated the association between the CYP17 SNP and SNSA in Japanese males. Genomic DNA was extracted from 149 Japanese male SNSA patients and 380 controls. The CYP17 SNP was genotyped using polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis. Allelic and genotypic frequencies of the SNP were compared between SNSA patients and controls, and within SNSA patients. We also computed haplotype frequencies using an expectation-maximization algorithm, analyzed the difference between SNSA and control groups, and examined the potential association of other known SNPs in the CYP17 gene. The frequency of the -34T allele was significantly increased in HLA-B27-negative SNSA, but not in total or HLA-B27-positive SNSA when compared to controls. The T allele was more prevalent in HLA-B27-negative SNSA than in HLA-B27-positive SNSA, and the T/T genotype was over-represented in HLA-B27-negative SNSA. Haplotype analysis did not demonstrate more significant association. The CYP17 SNP is associated with SNSA in HLA-B27-negative Japanese males.
American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A 11/2004; 130A(2):169-71. · 2.30 Impact Factor