Functional consequences of DECTIN-1 early stop codon polymorphism Y238X in rheumatoid arthritis.
SourceArthritis Research & Therapy, 12, 1, (2010), pp. R26
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Arthritis Research & Therapy
SubjectN4i 1: Pathogenesis and modulation of inflammation; N4i 4: Auto-immunity, transplantation and immunotherapy; NCEBP 2: Evaluation of complex medical interventions; NCEBP 5: Health care ethics; NCMLS 1: Infection and autoimmunity
INTRODUCTION: Dectin-1, a pattern recognition receptor expressed by the innate immune system, is known to be a major receptor inducing Th17-type adaptive immune responses that have been demonstrated to mediate autoimmunity. In this study, dectin-1 mRNA and protein expression, as well as the recently characterized DECTIN-1 Y238X early stop codon polymorphism, were studied in relation to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) susceptibility and severity. METHODS: Dectin-1 mRNA expression was measured in synovial tissue specimens of RA, osteoarthritis (OA), and nonrheumatic patients. Dectin-1 protein expression and localization were assessed in RA synovial tissue specimens. Macrophages from individuals with different DECTIN-1 genotypes were examined for differences in cytokine responses on dectin-1 stimulation. Furthermore, clinical parameters of inflammation and bone destruction of 262 RA patients were correlated with the presence of the DECTIN-1 Y238X polymorphism. RESULTS: Evaluation of dectin-1 mRNA expression in synovial tissue biopsies revealed an increased expression in RA specimens, compared with biopsies from OA and nonrheumatic patients. Accordingly, dectin-1 protein expression in RA synovial tissue biopsies was moderate to high, especially on macrophage-like cells. Cytokine production capacity of macrophages bearing the DECTIN-1 Y238X polymorphism was demonstrated to be impaired on dectin-1 stimulation. However, the presence of the DECTIN-1 Y238X polymorphism was not associated with RA susceptibility or disease severity. CONCLUSIONS: Although expression of dectin-1 was high in synovial tissue of RA patients, and reduced cytokine production was observed in macrophages of individuals bearing the DECTIN-1 Y238X polymorphism, loss of one functional allele of DECTIN-1 is not associated with either susceptibility to or severity of RA.
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