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Presence of CSF oligoclonal bands (OCB) is associated with the HLA-DRB1 genotype in a West Australian multiple sclerosis cohort

Wu, J-S, Qiu, W., Castley, A., James, I., Joseph, J., Christiansen, F.T., Carroll, W.M., Mastaglia, F.L. and Kermode, A.G. (2010) Presence of CSF oligoclonal bands (OCB) is associated with the HLA-DRB1 genotype in a West Australian multiple sclerosis cohort. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 288 (1-2). pp. 63-67.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jns.2009.10.005
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Abstract

High-resolution HLA-DRB1 genotyping was performed in 97 OCB-positive and 68 OCB-negative cases with demyelinating disease to determine the influence of HLA-DRB1 alleles on the presence of OCB in a West Australian multiple sclerosis (MS) cohort. Carriage of the HLA-DRB1*1501 allele was associated with both OCB-positive and OCB-negative MS compared with controls, but more strongly with the OCB-positive group, and increased the likelihood of having OCB 2.1-fold with evidence of a dominant dose-effect. The HLA-DRB1*0301 allele was negatively correlated with OCB, with all homozygotes OCB-negative, suggesting a possible recessive protective effect of HLA-DRB1*0301. There was no significant correlation between OCB and the DRB1*04 alleles which have been associated with OCB-negative MS in previous Swedish and Japanese studies. Evidence of allelic interactions was found with HLA-DRB1*1501/*1301 heterozygotes having a reduced frequency of OCB and HLA-DRB1*0301/*0401 heterozygotes all being OCB-negative. These findings confirm the strong association between HLA-DRB1*1501 and OCB which has been found in other populations but indicate that the influence of other HLA-DRB1 alleles varies in different populations. Our study is the first to show that HLA-DRB1 allele interactions and dose-effects influence the frequency of OCB.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Centre for Clinical Immunology and Biomedical Statistics
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Copyright: © 2009 Elsevier B.V.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/6444
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