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Genetic variation including nonsynonymous polymorphisms of a major aggrecanase, ADAMTS-5, in susceptibility to osteoarthritis

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OBJECTIVE: Given the recent characterization of ADAMTS-5 as the main aggrecanase of cartilage destruction in mouse models, we explored whether genetic variation and, in particular, putative damaging polymorphisms in the ADAMTS-5 gene modify susceptibility to osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS: Two likely deleterious nonsynonymous single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were identified in ADAMTS-5 by bioinformatics analysis, rs2830585 in exon 5 affecting a thrombospondin 1 motif, and rs226794 in exon 7. Exploration of their role was carried out in 3 steps, discovery, extension, and replication, on samples obtained from 4 European Caucasian collections, comprising a total of 2,715 patients with knee, hip, or hand OA and 1,185 OA-free controls. In addition, 6 tagSNPs were studied to fully evaluate genetic variation in the ADAMTS-5 locus. RESULTS: Initial analyses of 2 sample collections (n = 277 and n = 159) showed a trend toward decreased frequency of the putative deleterious allele of rs226794 among patients with severe knee OA (P = 0.047 versus controls). However, results in patients with knee OA from 2 additional sample collections (n = 360 and n = 265) did not confirm this trend. No association was found with hip OA or hand OA. None of the other SNPs or haplotypes constructed with these SNPs showed a significant association with OA susceptibility. CONCLUSION: Use of several collections of OA samples allowed us to obtain sound evidence against the participation of genetic variation in ADAMTS-5 in OA susceptibility. These results indicate the need to further explore the function of this aggrecanase in human OA to determine whether it is as critical as has been observed in mouse models.

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Author(s): Rodriguez-Lopez J, Mustafa Z, Pombo-Suarez M, Malizos KN, Rego I, Blanco FJ, Tsezou A, Loughlin J, Gomez-Reino JJ, Gonzalez A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Arthritis & Rheumatism

Year: 2008

Volume: 58

Issue: 2

Pages: 435-441

ISSN (print): 0004-3591

ISSN (electronic): 1529-0131

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


DOI: 10.1002/art.23201

Notes: United Kingdom Arthritis Research Campaign Journal Article Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't United States


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