Tumor necrosis factor-α -308 genotypes influence inflammatory activity and TNF-α serum concentrations in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Ana Filipa Mourão, Joana Caetano-Lopes, Paula Costa, Helena Canhão, Maria José Santos, Patrícia Pinto, Iva Brito, Paulo Nicola, João Cavaleiro, José Teles, Artur Sousa, José Melo Gomes, Jaime Branco, José Teixeira Da Costa, João Gomes Pedro, Mário Viana De Queiroz, João Eurico Fonseca

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Abstract

Objective. Considering the relevance of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) in the pathophysiology of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), it is likely that polymorphisms in its promoter area may be relevant in disease susceptibility and activity. We investigated if clinical measures of JIA activity and TNF-α serum concentrations were associated with TNF-α -308 genotypes. Methods. Portuguese patients with JIA in 5 pediatric rheumatology centers were recruited consecutively, along with a control group of healthy subjects. Demographic and clinical data and blood samples were collected from each patient. DNA was extracted for analysis of TNF-α gene promoter polymorphisms at position -308 by restriction fragment-length polymorphism. Results. One hundred fourteen patients and 117 controls were evaluated; 57% of patients presented the oligoarticular subtype, 25% the polyarticular subtype, 8% the systemic subtype, and 9% had enthesitis-related arthritis and 5% psoriatic arthritis. Twenty-four percent of the patients presented the -308 GA/AA genotypes and 76% the -308 GG genotype, similar to findings in controls. Patients with the -308 GA/AA genotype had higher degree of functional impairment, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, 100-mm visual analog scale score for disease activity, and TNF-α levels compared to those with the -308 GG genotype. Conclusion. TNF-α -308 GA/AA genotypes were found to be related to higher inflammatory activity and worse measures of disease activity in Portuguese patients with JIA. They were not associated with susceptibility to JIA. The Journal of Rheumatology

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)837-842
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009

Keywords

  • -308 genotypes
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Prognosis
  • Tumor necrosis factor-α promoter polymorphisms

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