Clinical and Molecular Characteristics of Isolated Colonic Crohn's Disease

Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (Impact Factor: 4.46). 12/2008; 14(12):1667-77. DOI: 10.1002/ibd.20517
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Clinical, serological, and molecular data support the existence of discrete subsets of Crohn's disease (CD) defined by location of disease. Little is known about the epidemiology and natural history of isolated CD of the colon (Montreal Classification L2) because most studies have not accurately distinguished it from ileocolonic disease. Our objectives were to describe the clinical features and natural history of isolated colonic CD in a rigorously characterized patient cohort and to investigate the association of polymorphisms in a number of genes with colonic location of disease and disease behavior.
Patients with L2 disease were identified from a database of 675 CD patients. Only patients with a normal small bowel enema (70%), ileoscopy alone (30%), or both (20%) were included. Genotyping was performed using PCR-SSP or the iPLEX platform.
In all, 135 patients were classified with L2 disease. L2 disease was more common in women (74.0% versus 58.0%; P = 0.0004; odds ratio [OR] = 2.11, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.36-3.26) and in never smokers (48.9% versus 36.9%; P = 0.008; OR = 1.64, 95% CI 1.09-2.45); 20.7% underwent colonic resection for severe disease. We confirmed that carriage of the HLA-DRB1*0103 allele is strongly associated with isolated colonic CD (14.9% versus 4.0%; P = 0.000016; OR 4.6, 95% CI 2.25-9.47) and report the novel association of this allele with time to first surgical event (log rank P = 0.001). There was no association with any of the known CD susceptibility loci (NOD2, IBD5, NOD1, IL23R, ATG16L1) and isolated colonic CD. A nonsynonymous polymorphism in MEKK1 (rs832582) was associated with CD susceptibility overall (15% versus 19%; P = 0.0083; OR = 1.28, 95% CI 1.07-1.54). The association was strongest in those patients not carrying a NOD2 mutation and had no effect on disease location.
This study describes the clinical features of isolated colonic CD and demonstrates the importance of the HLA region in determining the molecular basis of colonic inflammation.

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    • "Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract, is usually classified into two clinical forms: Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) [1,2]. CD generally involves the ileum and colon, and it can affect any region of the intestine in a continuous manner. "
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    • "In the literature, the ATG16L1 risk allele has been inconsistently associated with ileal location, penetrating diseases and early onset [36]–[42]. We found a non-replicated association between ATG16L1 and complicated disease behaviours. "
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    • "We have previously examined genome wide expression profiles in the disease unaffected proximal margin of resected ileum collected from 4 patients with Crohn's disease of terminal ileum (ileal CD) undergoing initial ileocolic resection with that of 4 control non-IBD patients undergoing initial right hemicolectomy or total colectomy [8]. We have focused on the ileal CD phenotype and excluded subjects with Crohn's Colitis, sincethese two subphenotypes have distinct molecular characteristics [12]. Increased expression of candidate genes such as MUC1, DUOX2 and DMBT1 expression and decreased expression of C4orf7 (follicular dendritic cell secreted peptide) was confirmed by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction of 18 ileal CD and 9 control non-IBD samples. "
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