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Jane Zochling, Felicity Newell, Jac C Charlesworth, Paul Leo, Jim Stankovich, Adrian Cortes, Yuan Zhou, Wendy Stevens, Joanne Sahhar, Janet Roddy, Peter Nash, Kathleen Tymms, Maureen Rischmueller, Sue Lester, Susanna Proudman, Matthew A Brown
INTRODUCTION: The aim of the study was to interrogate the genetic architecture and autoimmune pleiotropy of scleroderma susceptibility in the Australian population. METHODS: We genotyped individuals from a well-characterized cohort of Australian scleroderma patients with the Immunochip, a custom array enriched for single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at immune loci. Controls were taken from the 1958 British Birth Cohort. After data cleaning and adjusting for population stratification the final dataset consisted of 486 cases, 4,458 controls and 146,525 SNPs...
October 21, 2014: Arthritis Research & Therapy
C P Chung, J F Solus, A Oeser, C Li, P Raggi, J R Smith, C M Stein
Coronary artery disease is the major cause of mortality in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Increased cardiovascular risk in SLE is not explained by traditional risk factors. We examined the hypothesis that genetic variation contributes to the presence of coronary atherosclerosis in patients with SLE. The genotypes of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) in 152 candidate genes linked with autoimmune or cardiovascular risk were determined in 125 patients with SLE. Coronary artery calcium (CAC), a measure of coronary atherosclerosis, was detected in 32 patients (26%) by electron-beam computed tomography...
August 2014: Lupus
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