CTNNA3 ( -Catenin) Gene Variants Are Associated With Diisocyanate Asthma: A Replication Study in a Caucasian Worker Population

Division of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Toxicological Sciences (Impact Factor: 3.85). 09/2012; 131(1). DOI: 10.1093/toxsci/kfs272
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Recently, a genome wide association study (GWAS) conducted in Korean subjects identified three CTNNA3 (alpha-T catenin) single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (rs10762058, rs7088181, and rs4378283) associated with diisocyanate induced occupational asthma (DA). The CTNNA3 gene codes for a cadherin involved in formation of stretch-resistant cell-cell adhesions. We conducted a candidate gene association study to replicate these findings in Caucasian workers. Genotyping was performed on DNA using a 5' nuclease PCR assay collected from 410 diisocyanate exposed and predominantly Canadian workers including: 132 workers with DA confirmed by a specific inhalation challenge (DA+); 131 symptomatic workers in whom DA was excluded by a negative challenge (DA-); and 147 HDI-exposed asymptomatic workers (AWs). As in the Korean study, highly linked CTNNA3 rs7088181 and rs10762058 SNPs were significantly associated with DA+ when compared to AWs but not in comparison to DA- workers (p≤ 0.05). After adjusting for potentially confounding variables of age, smoking status and duration of exposure, minor allele homozygotes of rs7088181 and rs10762058 SNPs were at increased risk for DA compared with AWs [OR= 9.05 (95% CI:1.69, 48.54) and OR = 6.82 (95% CI:1.65, 28.24), respectively]. In conclusion, we replicated results from the only reported GWAS study of DA demonstrating an association between two closely linked CTNNA3 gene SNPs and DA. These findings lend further support to the clinical relevance of these genotypes in predicting susceptibility to DA and the potential importance of cadherins in the disease process.

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    • "susceptibility locus in the Korean study and replicated by our group (Bernstein et al., 2013). The overlapping regions have been presented in Supplementary Table 4 "
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    • "In an attempt to further define risk for DA, numerous investigators have conducted candidate gene association studies among workers with DA including those assessing immune response genes (i.e., HLA class II alleles), candidate single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) variants of antioxidant enzyme genes (e.g., glutathione transferase polymorphisms), and Th2 cytokine genes (Balboni et al., 1996; Bernstein, 2011; Mapp et al., 2002). Although significant SNP associations have been identified, in association with DA, most have not been replicated in other DI worker populations (Choi et al., 2009; Rihs et al., 1997) with the exception of two polymorphisms of the CTNNA3 (α-catenin) gene reported to be significantly associated with DA in both Caucasian and South Korean DI-exposed workers (Bernstein et al., 2012; Kim et al., 2009). "
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