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FCGR3B copy number variation is associated with systemic lupus erythematosus risk in Afro-Caribbeans

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Mariam Molokhia, Manuela Fanciulli, Enrico Petretto, Alan Leslie Patrick, Paul McKeigue, Amy Roberts, Tim J. Vyse, Tim J. Aitman

Original languageEnglish
Article numberkeq456
Pages (from-to)1206-1210
Number of pages5
Issue number7
Early online date4 Feb 2011
E-pub ahead of print4 Feb 2011
PublishedJul 2011

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Methods. We estimated FCGR3B to determine if there were ethnic variations in CNV (unrelated unadmixed Europeans and Africans). We then examined CNV at FCGR3B in relation to SLE and SLE nephritis within a case-control collection of 134 cases of SLE (37 with SLE nephritis) and 589 population controls of mainly Afro-Caribbean descent resident in Trinidad.

Results. We found a significant difference in copy number FCGR3B distribution between unadmixed African and European UK cohorts, with 27 (29%) vs 3 (5%) for those with low (0 or 1) copy FCGR3B, respectively, P = 0.002. In a Trinidadian SLE case-control study, low FCGR3B CNV was associated with SLE risk 1.7 (95% CI 1.1, 2.8), P = 0.02, which remained after adjustment for African genetic ancestry; odds ratios (ORs) 1.7 (95% CI 1.0, 2.8), P = 0.04.

Conclusion. Our studies suggest that FCGR3B low copy number is associated with SLE risk in Afro-Caribbean populations independently of CNV due to African ancestry.

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