Evaluation of 19 autoimmune disease-associated loci with rheumatoid arthritis in a Colombian population: Evidence for replication and gene-gene interaction Academic Article


  • Journal of Rheumatology


  • Objective. Recent studies have identified several common genes associated with multiple autoimmune diseases that support the hypothesis of the presence of shared or general autoimmunity genes. However, most of this work has been performed in populations of white origin. The main objectives of this study are to replicate the genotype-phenotype correlation between 19 such variants and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and to evaluate gene-gene interactions between these genes in individuals from an ethnically homogenous nonwhite Colombian population. Methods. Nineteen single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) from 16 genes/loci were genotyped in 353 RA cases and 368 controls. For each SNP, allelic and genotype-based association tests were applied to evaluate genotype-phenotype correlation. Permutation-based tests were used to validate the statistical significance. Gene-gene interactions were assessed by logistic regression. Results. We replicated the genetic association with rs13277113 (p = 0.0009, OR 1.46) and rs2736340 (p = 0.0001, OR 1.63) from C8orf13-BLK (8p23.1, associated with RA and systemic lupus erythematosus), and rs763361 (p = 0.03) from CD226 (18q22.3, associated with multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes) in the Colombian population. The population-attributable risks were estimated as 27%, 34%, and 16% for rs13277113, rs2736340, and rs763361, respectively. We also detected evidence for gene-gene interaction between SNP in MMEL1 (rs3890745) and C80rf13-BLK (rs13277113; p = 0.0002). Conclusion. Our results demonstrate that the IL2/IL21 region, C8orf13-BLK, and CD226 influence RA in Colombians, and RA shares some of the pathogenic mechanisms associated with other autoimmune diseases. The Journal of Rheumatology

publication date

  • 2011-9-1


  • 38


  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmunity
  • European Continental Ancestry Group
  • Genes
  • Genetic Association Studies
  • Genotype
  • Interleukin-2
  • Logistic Models
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Population
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rheumatology
  • Single Nucleotide Polymorphism
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
  • interleukin-21

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0315-162X

number of pages

  • 5

start page

  • 1866

end page

  • 1870