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Fine-mapping the genetic association of the major histocompatibility complex in Multiple Sclerosis: HLA and non-HLA effects


Patsopoulos, NA and Barcellos, LF and Hintzen, RQ and Schaefer, C and van Duijn, CM and Noble, JA and Raj, T and Bernardinelli, L and Booth, D and Comabella, M and Compston, A and D'Alfonso, S and Fontaine, B and Goris, A and Haines, J and Harbo, H and Hauser, S and Hawkins, C and Hemmer, B and Ivinson, A and Lill, C and Martin, R and Martinelli-Boneschi, F and Oturai, A and Palotie, A and Pericak-Vance, M and Saarela, J and Stewart, G and Zipp, F and Scott, RJ and Lechner-Scott, J and Moscato, P and Heard, RN and Mason, D and Griffith, L and Broadley, S and Brown, MA and Slee, M and Foote, SJ and Stankovich, J and Wiley, J and Bahlo, M and Perreau, V and Field, J and Butzkueven, H and Kilpatrick, T and Rubio, J and Marriott, M and Carroll, WM and Kermode, AG and Gourraud, P-A and Stranger, BE and Oksenberg, J and Olsson, T and Taylor, BV and Sawcer, S and Hafler, DA and Carrington, M and De Jager, PL and de Bakker, PIW, Fine-mapping the genetic association of the major histocompatibility complex in Multiple Sclerosis: HLA and non-HLA effects, PLoS Genetics, 9, (11) Article e1003926. ISSN 1553-7404 (2013) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1003926


The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) region is strongly associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) susceptibility. HLA-DRB1*15:01 has the strongest effect, and several other alleles have been reported at different levels of validation. Using SNP data from genome-wide studies, we imputed and tested classical alleles and amino acid polymorphisms in 8 classical human leukocyte antigen (HLA) genes in 5,091 cases and 9,595 controls. We identified 11 statistically independent effects overall: 6 HLA-DRB1 and one DPB1 alleles in class II, one HLA-A and two B alleles in class I, and one signal in a region spanning from MICB to LST1. This genomic segment does not contain any HLA class I or II genes and provides robust evidence for the involvement of a non-HLA risk allele within the MHC. Interestingly, this region contains the TNF gene, the cognate ligand of the well-validated TNFRSF1A MS susceptibility gene. The classical HLA effects can be explained to some extent by polymorphic amino acid positions in the peptide-binding grooves. This study dissects the independent effects in the MHC, a critical region for MS susceptibility that harbors multiple risk alleles.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Central nervous system
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Foote, SJ (Professor Simon Foote)
UTAS Author:Stankovich, J (Dr Jim Stankovich)
UTAS Author:Taylor, BV (Professor Bruce Taylor)
ID Code:88325
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:186
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2014-01-29
Last Modified:2014-06-25
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