Interaction Between NOD2 and Smoking in the Pathogenesis of Crohn's Disease
BACKGROUND NOD2 and smoking are risk factors for Crohn's disease. We meta-analyzed NOD2-smoking interactions in Crohn's disease (Phase 1), then explored the effect of age at diagnosis on NOD2-smoking interactions (Phase 2). METHODS Phase 1: MEDLINE and EMBASE were searched for studies (n=18) providing data on NOD2 and smoking in Crohn's disease. NOD2-smoking interactions were estimated using odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) calculated using random effects models. Phase 2: A case-only study compared the proportion of smokers and carriers of the 1007fs variant across ages at diagnosis (≤16, 17-40, >40years). FINDINGS Phase 1: Having ever smoked was less common among carriers of the 1007fs variant of NOD2 (OR 0.74, 95%CI:0.66-0.83). There was no interaction between smoking and the G908R (OR 0.96, 95%CI:0.82-1.13) or the R702W variant (OR 0.89, 95%CI:0.76-1.05). Phase 2: The proportion of patients (n=627) carrying the 1007fs variant decreased with age at diagnosis (≤16years: 15%; 17-40: 12%; >40: 3%; p=0.003). Smoking was more common in older patients (≤16years: 4%; 17-40: 48%; >40: 71%; p<0.001). INTERPRETATION The negative NOD2-smoking interaction in Crohn's disease is specific to the 1007fs variant. However, opposing rates of this variant and smoking across age at diagnosis may explain this negative interaction.