alexa Genomic analysis of Th1-Th2 cytokine genes in an AIDS cohort: identification of IL4 and IL10 haplotypes associated with the disease progression.
Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases

Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research

Author(s): Vasilescu A, Heath SC, Ivanova R, Hendel H, Do H,

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Abstract Polymorphisms of Th1-Th2 cytokine genes have previously been implicated in the rate of progression to AIDS in seropositive patients. To evaluate further the impact of these genes in the development of AIDS, we have performed an extensive genetic analysis of IL2, IL4, IL6, IL10, IL12p35 and p40, IL13 and IFNgamma. The coding regions and promoters of these genes were sequenced in a Caucasian cohort of 337 HIV-1 seropositive extreme patients (the GRIV cohort) consisting of patients with slow progression and rapid progression, and up to 470 healthy controls. In all, 64 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and four deleterious polymorphisms with frequency >1\% were identified and evaluated for their association with disease. Statistically significant associations were observed with haplotypes of the IL4 and IL10 genes, but no relation was found with variants of other genes. The catalogue of SNP and haplotypes presented here will facilitate further genetic investigations of Th1-Th2 cytokines in AIDS and other immune-related disorders. This article was published in Genes Immun and referenced in Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research

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