Heterogeneity at the HLA-DRB1 allelic variation locus does not influence multiple sclerosis disease severity, brain atrophy or cognition
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Publication Year 2011-03, Volume 17, Issue #3, Page 344-352
Journal Title
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS JOURNAL
Publication Type
Journal Article
Abstract
Background: HLA-DRB1*1501 (DR15) and other HLA class II alleles increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS). However, the contribution of genetic heterogeneity to the clinical course of MS remains controversial. We examined the influence of DR15 and other common DRB1 alleles (DRB1*01 (DR1), DRB1*03 (DR3) and DRB1*04 (DR4) on MS severity in a large, Australian, population-based cohort. Methods: We studied the association between common HLA-DRB1 alleles and genotypes and age of onset as well as three clinical disease severity descriptors: Multiple Sclerosis Severity Score, progression index), and the interval between the first and second attack in 978 patients with relapsing remitting MS and secondary progressive MS. We assessed cognition using the Symbol Digit Modalities Test in 811 patients and brain atrophy using the linear magnetic resonance imaging marker, the intercaudate ratio, in 745 patients. Results: Carrying DR15 significantly decreased the age of MS onset by 3.2 years in homozygotes and 1.3 years in heterozygotes. Carrying the HLA-DR15, -DR1, -DR3 or -DR4 alone or in combination did not affect clinical disease severity, cognition or cerebral atrophy. Conclusions: This study confirms that heterogeneity of HLA-DRB1 does not influence disease outcome in relapsing MS patients, with the exception of a younger age of onset in HLA-DR15 carriers.
Publisher
SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
Keywords
DIGIT MODALITIES TEST; CLINICAL-COURSE; HLA; SUSCEPTIBILITY; AGE; MS; DISABILITY; ONSET; IMPAIRMENT; PROGNOSIS
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