Toggle Main Menu Toggle Search

Open Access padlockePrints

Cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4) gene polymorphisms and susceptibility to type 1 autoimmune hepatitis

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kaushik Agarwal, Professor David Jones, Dr Peter Donaldson


Full text for this publication is not currently held within this repository. Alternative links are provided below where available.


Genetic susceptibility to type 1 autoimmune hepatitis is indicated by a preponderance of female subjects and strong associations with human leukocyte antigens (HLA) DRB1*0301 and DRB1*0401. The gene encoding cytotoxic T- lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4) on chromosome 2q33 may also influence autoimmunity. To determine the frequency and significance of the exon 1 adenine (A)-guanine (G) base-exchange polymorphism for CTLA-4 in patients with type 1 autoimmune hepatitis, 155 northern European Caucasoid patients and 102 ethnically-matched control subjects were tested by polymerase chain reaction. The genotype distribution was significantly different in patients compared to controls (AA = 50/155 patients vs. 51/102 controls; AG = 84/155 patients vs. 38/102 controls; GG = 21/155 patients vs. 13/102 controls, χ2 = 8.94, P = .011). This difference was caused by a significant over- representation of the G allele in patients compared to controls (105/155 patients vs. 51/102 controls, χ2 = 8.34, P = .004, odds ratio = 2.12). The GG genotype was associated with a significantly higher mean serum aspartate transaminase level (P = .03), greater frequency of antibodies to thyroid microsomal antigens (P = .004) and was found more commonly in patients with HLA DRB1*0301 (P = .02). Treatment outcomes, however, were not affected by the genotype. The CTLA-4 G allele is more common in patients with type 1 autoimmune hepatitis and may represent a second susceptibility allele. Furthermore, there may be synergy between the HLA-DRB1 *0301 and the GG genotype in terms of disease risk.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Agarwal K, Czaja AJ, Jones DEJ, Donaldson PT

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Hepatology

Year: 2000

Volume: 31

Issue: 1

Pages: 49-53

ISSN (print): 0270-9139

ISSN (electronic): 1527-3350

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons


DOI: 10.1002/hep.510310110

PubMed id: 10613727


Altmetrics provided by Altmetric