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Evaluation of a shared autoimmune disease-associated polymorphism of TRAF6 in systemic sclerosis and giant cell arteritis.

J Rheumatol; 39(6): 1275-9, 2012 Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-22589256


We evaluated whether a single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) of the TRAF6 gene previously associated with systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis may be a common risk factor for systemic sclerosis (SSc) and giant cell arteritis (GCA).


A total of 1185 patients with SSc, 479 patients with biopsy-proven GCA, and 1442 unrelated healthy controls of white Spanish origin were genotyped for the rs540386 variant using a specifically designed TaqMan(©) allele discrimination assay.


No significant associations of this SNP with global SSc or GCA were found. This was also the case when the potential associations of the TRAF6 polymorphism with the main clinical phenotypes of the 2 diseases (e.g., limited cutaneous and diffuse cutaneous SSc, or presence of polymyalgia rheumatica and visual ischemic manifestations in GCA) were assessed.


Our data do not support a role of the rs540386 TRAF6 variant as a key component of the genetic network underlying SSc and GCA.