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Association of two key variants mapping to the MTHFR gene (C677T (rs1801133) and A1298C (rs1801131)) with response to methotrexate (MTX) remains controversial. We investigated these and other markers spanning the gene as predictors of MTX efficacy and adverse events in a UK rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patient cohort and performed a meta-analysis of the two(More)
The era of genome-wide association studies has revolutionized the search for genetic susceptibility loci in complex genetic conditions such as psoriasis. There are currently 16 loci with confirmed evidence for association with psoriasis susceptibility but there is the potential for more to be discovered as the genetic heritability of the disease has not yet(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic plaque psoriasis can be subdivided into two groups according to the age of onset: type 1 (early onset, before 40 years) and type 2 (late onset, at or beyond 40 years). So far, 36 genetic loci have been associated with early-onset psoriasis in genome-wide association studies of white populations, while few studies have investigated genetic(More)
A causal relationship between declining nocturnal core temperature, increasing peripheral temperature, and sleep onset has been reported. The exact trigger for these thermoregulatory changes around sleep onset, however, is unknown. Our aim was to examine one possible trigger: prior knowledge of bedtime. Fourteen young, healthy male subjects (mean age+/-sem:(More)
BACKGROUND A functional haplotype of the peptidylarginine deiminase 4 (PADI4) gene has recently been identified as a rheumatoid arthritis susceptibility gene in a Japanese but not in a UK population. One possible explanation for this disparity is that the gene determines severity of rather than susceptibility to inflammatory polyarthritis (IP) and that the(More)
BACKGROUND Many autoimmune diseases share common susceptibility loci suggesting similar underlying cellular mechanisms involved in disease expression. OBJECTIVES The purpose of this investigation was to study 21 genetic variants in 14 genes that are confirmed autoimmune loci in a cohort of patients with early-onset psoriasis. METHODS Patients with(More)
OBJECTIVE With the exception of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) and STAT4, no other rheumatoid arthritis (RA) linkage peak has been successfully fine-mapped to date. This apparent failure to identify association under peaks of linkage could be ascribed to the examination of common variation, when linkage is likely to be driven by rare variants.(More)
BACKGROUND Phenotypically diverse autoimmune conditions share common genetic susceptibility loci and underlying molecular pathways. OBJECTIVES By systematically searching for single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with another autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), we aimed to elucidate novel genetic markers of psoriasis. METHODS We(More)