CCL genes in multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus erythematosus

Publication Date

August 30, 2008

Publication Information

Vyshkina T, Sylvester A, Sadiq SA, Bonilla E, Perl A, and Kalman B. Journal of Neuroimmunology. 2008; 200(1-2): 145-152.

This follow up study aims to refine the roles of previously suggested candidate genes (CC chemokine ligands or CCLs) in multiple sclerosis (MS), and to test these markers in another autoimmune disorder, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). After stringent correction for multiple testing, we reject the importance of previously suggested borderline associations with CCLs in MS. A new finding is the differential distribution of CCL8 marker alleles and a haplotype in extreme severity subgroups of MS. In SLE, this study reveals strong associations with a marker and a haplotype encompassing the CCL14 gene, which suggests that a lupus relevant variant may lie within or in the proximity of this haplotype.

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