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Although the etiology of multiple sclerosis (MS) is unknown, it is generally believed that genetic, immunologic, and environmental factors are involved. The objectives of this study were: 1. to analyze if a genetic control could explain why HHV-6 would be able to actively replicate in a subset of MS patients but not in controls; 2. to study if MS patients(More)
A recent meta-analysis of genome-wide association screens coupled to a replication exercise in a combined US/UK collection led to the identification of 4 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in three gene loci, i.e. TNFRSF1A, CD6 and IRF8, as novel risk factors for multiple sclerosis with genome-wide level of significance. In the present study, using a(More)
BACKGROUND Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a multifactorial disease with a genetic basis. The strongest associations with the disease lie in the Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) region. However, except for the DRB1*15:01 allele, the main risk factor associated to MS so far, no consistent effect has been described for any other variant. One example is(More)
Recently, different genetic variants located within the IL2/IL21 genetic region as well as within both IL2RA and IL2RB loci have been associated to multiple autoimmune disorders. We aimed to investigate for the first time the potential influence of the IL2/IL21, IL2RA and IL2RB most associated polymorphisms with autoimmunity on the endogenous non-anterior(More)
OBJECTIVE Endogenous uveitis is a major cause of visual loss mediated by the immune system. The protein tyrosine phosphatase non-receptor type 22 (PTPN22) gene encodes a lymphoid-specific phosphatase that plays a key role in T-cell receptor (TCR) signaling. Two independent functional missense single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) located within the PTPN22(More)
OBJECTIVE CD5 plays a crucial role in autoimmunity and is a well-established genetic risk factor of developing RA. Recently, evidence of positive selection has been provided for the CD5 Pro224-Val471 haplotype in East Asian populations. The aim of the present work was to further analyze the functional relevance of non-synonymous CD5 polymorphisms conforming(More)
OBJECTIVE Interferon (IFN) signaling plays a crucial role in autoimmunity. Genetic variation in interferon regulatory factor 5 (IRF5), a major regulator of the type I interferon induction, has been associated with risk of developing several autoimmune diseases. In the current study we aimed to evaluate whether three sets of correlated IRF5 genetic variants,(More)
OBJECTIVE STAT4 and IL23R loci represent common susceptibility genetic factors in autoimmunity. We decided to investigate for the first time the possible role of different STAT4/IL23R autoimmune disease-associated polymorphisms on the susceptibility to develop non-anterior uveitis and its main clinical phenotypes. METHODS Four functional polymorphisms(More)
In the present study, we investigated the influence of HLA class I and class II genes in the response to interferon-beta (IFNbeta) in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. HLA-A, -B, -C, -DRB1, -DQA1, and -DQB1 DNA typing was performed by polymerase chain reaction-sequence-specific oligonucleotide (PCR-SSO) in a cohort of 149 relapsing-remitting MS patients(More)
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