Association of polymorphisms in complement component C3 gene with susceptibility to systemic lupus erythematosus

Horiuchi Miyagawa, M. Yamai, D. Sakaguchi, C. Kiyohara, H. Tsukamoto, Y. Kimoto, T. Nakamura, J. H. Lee, C. Y. Tsai, B. L. Chiang, T. Shimoda, M. Harada, T. Tahira, K. Hayashi, T. Horiuchi

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Objective. Identification of the genes responsible for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Methods. All the exons and putative promoter regions of 53 candidate genes (TNFRSF6/Fas, TNFSF6/FasL, Fli1, TNFSF10/TRAIL, TNFSF12/TWEAK, Bcl-2, PTEN, FADD, TRADD, CDKN1A, TNFRSF1A/TNFR1, TNFRSF4/OX40, TNFSF4/OX40L, TNFSF5/CD40L, TNFSF13B/BAFF, ICOS, CTLA4, CD28, FYN, G2A, CR2, PTPRC/CD45, CD22, CD19, Lyn, PDCD1, PTPN6, TGFB1, TGFB2, TGFB3, TGFBR1, TGFBR2, TGFBR3, CD3Z, DNASE1, APCS, MERTK, C3, C1QA, C1QB, C1QG, C2, MBL2, IGHM, IL-2, IL-4, IL-10, IFNG, TNFA, MAN2A1, TNFRSF11A/RANK, TNFRSF11B/OPG, TNFSF11/OPGL) were screened for single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and their association with SLE was assessed by case-control studies. A total of 509 cases and 964 controls of Japanese descent were enrolled. Results. A total of 316 SNPs was identified. When analysed in the Japanese population, the allele frequencies of T at rs7951 and G at rs2230201 of the C3 gene were 0.110 and 0.626, respectively, in SLE patients; significantly higher than the frequencies of 0.081 and 0.584, respectively, in controls [odds ratio (OR) = 1.40, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.05-1.86, P = 0.016 and OR = 1.19, 95% CI = 1.01-1.41, P = 0.038, respectively]. The mean serum C3 level of carriers of the rs7951 T allele was significantly lower than that of non-carriers of the T allele in 87 SLE patients whose medical records were available (P = 0.0018). Conclusion. rs7951 T allele of the C3 gene was significantly associated with SLE, and decreased serum level of C3 seems to be correlated with this allele.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-164
Number of pages7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rheumatology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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