Genetic variations in Toll-like receptors (TLRs 3/7/8) are associated with systemic lupus erythematosus in a Taiwanese population

Chin Man Wang, Su Wei Chang, Yeong Jian Jan Wu, Jing Chi Lin, Huei Huang Ho, Tse Chih Chou, Bing Yang, Jianming Wu, Ji Yih Chen

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Abstract

Toll-like receptors (TLRs), as innate immunity sensors, play critical roles in immune responses. Six SNPs of TLR3, TLR7, and TLR8 were genotyped to determine their associations with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and clinical manifestations of SLE. TLR7 SNP rs3853839 was independently associated with SLE susceptibility in females (G vs. C: p = 0.0051). TLR7 rs3853839-G (G vs. C: p = 0.0100) and TLR8 rs3764880-G (recessive model: p = 0.0173; additive model: p = 0.0161) were associated with pericardial effusion in females relative to healthy females. Anti-SSA positive cases were more likely to have the dominant TLR7 rs179010-T allele than normal controls (p = 0.0435). TLR3 rs3775296-T was associated with photosensitivity (p = 0.0020) and anemia (p = 0.0082). The "G-G" haplotype of TLR7 rs3853839 and TLR8 rs3764880 increased risk of SLE in females (age adjusted p = 0.0032). These findings suggest that TLR variations that modify gene expression affect risk for SLE susceptibility, clinical phenotype development, and production of autoantibodies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number3792
JournalScientific reports
Volume4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 21 2014

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