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SAT0007 Genetic Polymorphisms of HLA-DRB1 Are Associated with Dermatomyositis and ANTI-MDA5 Antibodies in Chinese
  1. Y. Wang1,
  2. Z. Chen2,
  3. L. Sun1,2
  1. 1Department of Rheumatology and Immunology, Drum Tower Clinical College of Nanjing Medical University
  2. 2Department of Rheumatology and Immunology, The affiliated Drum Tower Hospital, Nanjing University Medical School, Nanjing, China


Background Risk alleles at genome loci containing interferon induced with helicase C domain 1 (IFIH1) and human leukocyte antigen (HLA) genes closely associated with dermatomyositis (DM) in European population [1–3]. Autoantibody targeted to melanoma differentiation associated protein 5 (MDA5), a protein encoded by IFIH1, was associated with rapidly progressive interstitial lung disease (RP-ILD) and high mortality in DM [4].

Objectives To estimate the associations between HLA and IFIH1 rs1990760 polymorphisms and susceptibility to DM and anti-MDA5 antibody expression in Chinese population.

Methods HLA-DRB1and IFIH1 rs1990760 polymorphisms were determined in 102 DM patients and 400 healthy controls. Anti-MDA5 antibodies and ILD were evaluated by ELISA and high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT), respectively.

Results Frequencies of HLA-DRB1*04:01 were significantly higher in DM (4.41% vs 0.63%, OR 7.34, 95%CI 2.84–18.95, P 0.00004, Pc 0.001), but the frequency of HLA-DRB1*14 (0.98% vs 5.88%, OR 0.16, 95%CI 0.05–0.55, P 0.004, Pc 0.049) was significantly lower than that of healthy controls. Compared with the healthy controls, HLA-DRB1*04:01 was associated with the development of ILD in DM (7.14% vs 0.63%, OR 12.23, 95%CI 4.97–30.10, P 5.03×10–8, Pc 1.81×10–6). The frequency of HLA-DRB1*09 (5.36% vs 18.48%, OR 0.25, 95%CI 0.10–0.63, P 0.003, Pc 0.042) was significantly lower in DM patients with ILD than in DM patients without ILD, suggesting it is a protective allele for ILD in DM. The frequencies of HLA-DRB1*04:01 (8.51% vs 0.63%, OR 14.79, 95%CI 6.17–35.45, P 1.53×10-9, Pc 5.49×10–8) and HLA-DRB1*12:02 (21.28% vs 10.00%, OR 2.43, 95%CI 1.43–4.14, P 0.001, Pc 0.037) were significantly increased in anti-MDA5 positives than in controls. Compared with anti-MDA5 negatives, the frequency of HLA-DRB1*12:02 (21.28% vs 4.55%, OR 5.68, 95% CI 2.22–14.48, P 0.0003, Pc 0.010) were significantly increased in anti-MDA5 positives. No association was observed between the IFIH1 rs1990760 and DM, anti-MDA5 antibody expression and ILD status.

Conclusions HLA-DRB1 alleles, but not IFIH1 polymorphisms, may be associated with the susceptibility to DM, ILD involvement and anti-MDA5 expression in Chinese population.

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Disclosure of Interest None declared

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