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Polymorphisms of MFGE8 are associated with susceptibility and clinical manifestations through gene expression modulation in Koreans with systemic lupus erythematosus

Baek, WY | Woo, JM | Kim, HA  | Jung, JY  | Suh, CH
Scientific reports, 9(1). : 18565-18565, 2019
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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is characterized by impaired clearance of apoptotic cells. Milk fat globule epidermal growth factor 8 (MFGE8) is a protein that connects alphavbeta3 integrin on phagocytic macrophages with phosphatidylserine on apoptotic cells. We investigated whether genetic variation of the MFGE8 gene and serum MFGE8 concentration are associated with SLE. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were genotyped and serum concentrations were analyzed. The rs2271715 C allele and rs3743388 G allele showed higher frequency in SLE than in healthy subjects (HSs). Three haplotypes were found among 4 SNPs (rs4945, rs1878327, rs2271715, and rs3743388): AACG, CGCG, and CGTC. CGCG haplotype was significantly more common in SLE than in HSs. rs4945 was associated with the erythrocyte sedimentation rate and rs1878327 was associated with alopecia, C-reactive protein, complement 3, anti-dsDNA antibody, and high disease activity. rs2271715 and rs3743388 were associated with renal disease, cumulative glucocorticoid dose, and cyclophosphamide and mycophenolate mofetil use. Serum MFGE8 concentrations were significantly higher in SLE than in HSs. Furthermore, the levels of MFGE8 were significantly higher in SLE than HSs of the rs2271715 CC genotype. In conclusion, MFGE8 genetic polymorphisms are associated not only with susceptibility to SLE but also with disease activity through modulation of gene expression.

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김, 현아  |  서, 창희  |  정, 주양
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