Replication study confirms the association between UBAC2 and Behcet's disease in two independent Chinese sets of patients and controls.
Arthritis Res Ther. 2012 Mar 29;14(2):R70
Authors: Hou S, Shu Q, Jiang Z, Chen Y, Li F, Chen F, Kijlstra A, Yang P
ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: To replicate genetic factors associated with the susceptibility to Behcet's disease (BD). We conducted a two-stage candidate genes association study and functional study, involving four hundred and seventy-seven BD patients and 1334 normal controls of Chinese Han descent. METHODS: The genotyping of five candidate genes/loci including LOC100129342, KIAA1529, CPVL, UBASH3B, UBAC2 were performed using TaqMan single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) Assays. Real-time PCR and luciferase reporter assay were performed to test the function of the identified promoter polymorphism. The main outcome measures were genotype frequencies and expression levels in BD patients. RESULTS: The first-stage study result showed that (UBAC2) (rs9513584, Pc=0.018, OR=1.4), but not LOC100129342, KIAA1529, CPVL, UBASH3B was associated with the susceptibility to BD in Chinese Han. The fine-mapping association study of UBAC2 identified six risk SNPs for BD in Chinese cohort, three of them were verified in validation study (rs3825427, first-stage Pc=2.2x10-3, second-stage Pc=9.3x10-3, combined Pc=6.9x10-6; rs9517668, first-stage Pc=1.7x10-3, second-stage Pc=0.03, combined Pc=3.3x10-4; rs9517701, first-stage Pc=5.1x10-3, second-stage Pc=9.0x10-3, combined Pc=2.9x10-5; respectively). Functional analysis showed that the risk T allele of the promoter polymorphism rs3825427 had a significantly lower promoter activity than the non-risk G allele (P=0.002) and a decreased expression of UBAC2 transcript variant 1 in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and skin of normal controls carrying the risk T allele than that in individuals with the G allele (P=0.045, P=0.025; respectively). The mRNA expression of UBAC2 transcript variant 1 was significantly decreased in PBMCs and skin of BD patients as compared with controls (P=0.025; P=0.047, respectively). The mRNA expression of UBAC2 transcript variant 2 was significantly increased in skin of BD patients as compared with controls (P=0.004). CONCLUSIONS: This study replicates a predisposition gene to BD, UBAC2, and suggests that UBAC2 may be involved in the development of BD through its transcriptional modulation.
PMID: 22455605 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]