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PTPN22 is not associated with Behçet's disease. Study spanning the complete gene region in the Spanish population and meta-analysis of the functional variant R620W.

Clin Exp Rheumatol; 34(6 Suppl 102): S41-S45, 2016 Sep-Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27050764


The functional variant R620W of the protein tyrosine phosphatase non receptor-22 (PTPN22) gene plays an important role in susceptibility to several immuno-mediated pathologies. Behçet's disease (BD) is a complex disease related to the immune system with a demonstrated genetic base. The HLA class I genes are the most important genetic factors in BD although other genes are also involved in the susceptibility to this disease. The PTPN22 has been proposed as a candidate gene in BD but this association has not been clearly demonstrated yet. The aim of this study was to assess the association of PTPN22 with BD.


A cohort composed of 404 Spanish BD patients and 1517 unrelated healthy individuals ethnically matched was genotyped in rs2476601 (R620W).Five tag SNPs: rs1217412, rs2476599, rs3789607, rs3765598 and rs1217419 (spanning a 57 Kb region between 3'UTR and 5'UTR) and rs2488457 (located at the promoter region) were also studied in order to perform a screening of the complete gene. Genotyping was performed using TaqMan® assays. The rs2476601 data were included in a meta-analysis together with those published till the date. The rest of SNPs were used in a case-control study.


No evidence of the association of rs2476601 with BD in the meta-analysis (P = 0.504 in the model of alleles) was found. In the case-control study, no statistically significant differences were observed when comparing the distribution of variants in patients and controls.


Our results do not support a major role of the PTPN22 gene in BD.