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Int J Biol Sci 2012; 8(7):945-952. doi:10.7150/ijbs.4390

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Association of CTLA4 Gene Polymorphisms with Susceptibility and Pathology Correlation to Pulmonary Tuberculosis in Southern Han Chinese

Chong Wang1, Tingting Jiang1, Liliang Wei2, Fujian Li3, Xiaojun Sun2, Dapeng Fan3, Jiyan Liu1, Xing Zhang1, Dandan Xu1, Zhongliang Chen1, Zhongjie Li1, Xiaoyan Fu1, Ji-Cheng Li1 ✉

1. Institute of Cell Biology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, P.R. China;
2. The Sixth Hospital of Shaoxing, Shaoxing 312000, P.R. China;
3. Hangzhou Red Cross Hospital, Hangzhou 310003, P.R. China.

Abstract

The cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA4) gene is a key negative regulator of the T lymphocyte immune response. It has been found that CTLA4 +49A>G (rs231775), +6230G>A (rs3087243), and 11430G>A (rs11571319) polymorphisms are associated with susceptibility to many autoimmune diseases, and can down-regulate the inhibition of cellular immune response of CTLA4. Three SNPs in CTLA4 were genotyped by using the PCR and DNA sequencing methods in order to reveal the susceptibility and pathology correlation to pulmonary tuberculosis in Southern Han Chinese. We found that the frequency of CTLA4 +49AG genotype in the pulmonary tuberculosis patients (38.42%) was significantly lower than that of the healthy controls (49.77%), (Pcor=0.038, OR 0.653, 95% CI 0.436-0.978). But, no associations were found between the other 2 SNPs (+6230G>A, 11430G>A) and tuberculosis (P>0.05). Haplotype analysis showed that the frequency of haplotype AGG in the healthy controls group (6.9%) was significantly higher than the pulmonary tuberculosis patients group (1.4%), (global P=0.005, Pcor=0.0002, OR 0.183, 95% CI 0.072-0.468). In addition, haplotype GGA was found to be significantly related to tuberculosis with double lung lesion rather than single lung lesion (Pcor=0.042). This study is the first to report that genetic variants in the CTLA4 gene can be associated with pulmonary tuberculosis in Southern Han Chinese, and CTLA4 +49AG genotype as well as haplotype AGG may reduce the risk of being infected with pulmonary tuberculosis. The GGA haplotype was related to tuberculosis with double lung lesion, which provides a new experimental basis to clarify the pathogenesis of pulmonary tuberculosis.

Keywords: Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Single-nucleotide polymorphism, CTLA4 gene, Southern Han Chinese, Lung lesion.

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How to cite this article:
Wang C, Jiang T, Wei L, Li F, Sun X, Fan D, Liu J, Zhang X, Xu D, Chen Z, Li Z, Fu X, Li JC. Association of CTLA4 Gene Polymorphisms with Susceptibility and Pathology Correlation to Pulmonary Tuberculosis in Southern Han Chinese. Int J Biol Sci 2012; 8(7):945-952. doi:10.7150/ijbs.4390. Available from http://www.ijbs.com/v08p0945.htm