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A second example of a minisatellite directly implicated in disease comes from the genetics of susceptibility to type 1 diabetes. Type 1 or insulin-dependent diabetes is an autoimmune disorder in which there is destruction of pancreatic p cells and insulin deficiency environmental and genetic factors are important with several genes
Variation in the SLC11A1 gene (Mohamed et al. 2004), a result also found independently in a different ethnic group in Sudan (Bucheton et al. 2003b). However, fine mapping and defining specific functional variants has proved challenging. A microsatellite in the promoter region was postulated as functionally important with different (CA)n alleles associated with low and high gene expression, and was found to have contrasting associations to infectious and autoimmune disease (O'Brien et al. 2008). This microsatellite was one of several variants of SLC11A1 associated with tuberculosis in a case-control study in The Gambia (Bellamy et al. 1998). The disparity between clear cut effects on susceptibility to leishmaniasis seen in mice, and more variable data in humans, reflect the fact that while in mice the Nramp1 variant dramatically affects the function of the protein, in humans the disease associated polymorphisms identified to date appear to have a much more modest effect (Lipoldova and...
And is the preferred site of reciprocal recombination of the centromeric and telomeric motifs leading to further haplotypic diversity (Martin et al. 2003). HLA-A molecules such as A3 and A11 are recognized by receptors encoded by KIR3DL2 and KIR2DS1 at the telomeric end of the KIR locus, HLA-B Bw4 is a ligand for KIR3DL1, and in the centromeric part receptors for HLA-C molecules are encoded. HLA-C1 allotypes with Asn at position 80 are recognized by receptors encoded by KIR2DL3 and KIR2DL2 KIR2DL1 encodes KIR receptors with a methionine rather than lysine at position 44 and these recognize HLA-C2 allotypes with lysine at position 80. As well as the disease associations with HIV-1 infection, genetic diversity at the KIR and HLA class I is important in other infections, autoimmunity, reproduction, and cancer. For example, maternal KIR genotype and fetal HLA-C type are important in pre-eclampsia (Hiby et al. 2004) homozygosity of KIR2DL3 and of HLA-C1 allotypes modulate hepatitis C...
Malfunction of the MHC system, consisting of class I (MHCI) and class II (MHCII) MHC proteins, has been implicated in many diseases, such as malaria, rheumatoid arthritis, type-I diabetes, and graft rejection. This has spurred great interest in developing MHC-based immunotherapeutics and immunodiagnostics methods. The development of pMHC tetramer, a multimeric form of peptide-MHC complexes, has revolutionized the field of T cell research. It enables direct detection and identification of antigen-specific T cells, modulation of T cell responses in vivo to treat graft rejection and autoimmune diseases, and detailed monitoring of cellular immune responses induced by immunotherapy, which is critical for a better understanding of tumor immunology and improved immune-based therapies. However, there are some limitations of pMHC tetramers that stem from their difficult recombinant production and the low affinity of the pMHC monomer. Therefore, it is highly desirable to engineer MHC molecules...
Alter splicing of modifier genes affecting disease severity, as seen for example at the CFTR gene in cystic fibrosis (Section 2.3.1) (Niksic et al. 1999), and susceptibility to common disease (Wang and Cooper 2007). Examples of the latter include IRF5 at chromosome 7q32 encoding interferon regulatory factor 5 and systemic lupus erythematosus (Section 11.6.2) CTLA4 at chromosome 2q33 encoding cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated protein 4 and autoimmune disease (Ueda et al. 2003) ERBB4 on chromosome 2q34 encoding the neuregulin 1 receptor and schizophrenia (Law et al. 2007) and BTNL2 at chromosome 6p21.3 encoding butyrophilin-like 2 with sarcoidosis (Section 12.8).
When we examine the empirical evidence, things become even more problematic. To see why, let us consider tolerance and autoimmunity, two phenomena central to understanding the problems of the genetic-reductionist approach. Autoimmunity is a process in which the immune system turns against constituents of the host that it is supposed to defend, that is against the self. Autoimmunity is usually associated with disease the body's attack on its own self is described as a kind of a pathological deviation. For example, lupus is an autoimmune disease in which antibodies identify host tissues as nonself and may cause arthritis and kidney damage. Autoimmunity is usually associated with disease. However, it has been found that autoimmunity is not necessarily a pathological process. For example, Schwartz et al. (1999, p. 295) argue that Autoimmune T cells that are specific for a component of myelin can protect CNS neurons from the catastrophic secondary degeneration, which extends traumatic...
Ancestral haplotypes (also known as conserved extended haplotypes) are large chromosomal segments that have been conserved en bloc, with a fixed constellation of alleles. In the case of the MHC, such haplotypes can span several megabases, for example from HLA-B to HLA-DR (Degli-Esposti et al. 1992). Ancestral haplotypes have been named with reference to the HLA-B allele, followed by a number denoting the order of discovery. The 8.1 haplotype, bearing HLA-A1-B8-Cw7-DR3, is perhaps the most intensively studied of any ancestral haplotype with many significant associations with autoimmune diseases including susceptibility to type 1 diabetes, coeliac disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, myasthenia gravis, dermatitis herpetiformis, common variable immunodeficiency, and IgA deficiency, as well as survival after HIV-1 infection
Transcription 3), and JAK2 at chromosome 9p24 (encoding Janus kinase 2) were associated with Crohn's disease (Fig. 9.26) (Barrett et al. 2008). Strikingly, SNPs of IL12B and STAT3 were also associated with ulcerative colitis (Fisher et al. 2008 Franke et al. 2008). Potential common mechanisms underlying autoimmune disease are also underlined by the finding that SNPs in IL12B and IL23R are associated with psoriasis (Cargill et al. 2007) while an association study of 14 500 nonsynonymous
Levy reported on correlations of clinical and laboratory effects of treatment with levamisole in autoimmune disease 59 . Levy concluded that laboratory studies of lymphocyte mitogen response could help contribute towards better management of patients receiving levamisole therapy 59 .
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