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The interaction between farming/rural environment and TLR2, TLR4, TLR6 and CD14 genetic polymorphisms in relation to early-and late-onset asthma


Lau, MYZ and Dharmage, SC and Burgess, JA and Win, AK and Lowe, AJ and Lodge, C and Perret, J and Hui, J and Thomas, PS and Morrison, S and Giles, GG and Hopper, J and Abramson, MJ and Walters, EH and Matheson, MC, The interaction between farming/rural environment and TLR2, TLR4, TLR6 and CD14 genetic polymorphisms in relation to early-and late-onset asthma, Scientific Reports, 7 Article 43681. ISSN 2045-2322 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1038/srep43681


Asthma phenotypes based on age-of-onset may be differently influenced by the interaction between variation in toll-like receptor (TLR)/CD14 genes and environmental microbes. We examined the associations between single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) in the TLR/CD14 genes and asthma, and their interaction with proxies of microbial exposure (childhood farm exposure and childhood rural environment). Ten SNPs in four genes (TLR2, TLR4, TLR6, CD14) were genotyped for 1,116 participants from the Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study (TAHS). Using prospectively collected information, asthma was classified as never, early- (before 13 years) or late-onset (after 13 years). Information on childhood farm exposure/childhood rural environment was collected at baseline. Those with early-onset asthma were more likely to be males, had a family history of allergy and a personal history of childhood atopy. We found significant interaction between TLR6 SNPs and childhood farm exposure. For those with childhood farm exposure, carriers of the TLR6-rs1039559 T-allele (p-interaction = 0.009) and TLR6-rs5743810 C-allele (p-interaction = 0.02) were associated with lower risk of early-onset asthma. We suggest the findings to be interpreted as hypothesis-generating as the interaction effect did not withstand correction for multiple testing. In this large, population-based longitudinal study, we found that the risk of early- and late-onset asthma is differently influenced by the interaction between childhood farming exposure and genetic variations.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study, Tasmania, farming/rural environment, genetic polymorphisms, asthma
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Respiratory diseases
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Walters, EH (Professor Haydn Walters)
ID Code:152582
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Research Performance and Analysis
Deposited On:2022-08-22
Last Modified:2022-09-20
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