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Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 878126, 6 pages
Research Article

Two Single-Nucleotide Polymorphisms in ADAM12 Gene Are Associated with Early and Late Radiographic Knee Osteoarthritis in Estonian Population

1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Tartu, 51014 Tartu, Estonia
2Department of Immunology, University of Tartu, 51014 Tartu, Estonia
3Department of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Tartu, 51014 Tartu, Estonia
4Department of Radiology, University of Tartu, 51014 Tartu, Estonia

Received 29 November 2012; Revised 1 March 2013; Accepted 4 March 2013

Academic Editor: Peter M. van der Kraan

Copyright © 2013 Irina Kerna et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objectives. To investigate associations of selected single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in ADAM12 gene with radiographic knee osteoarthritis (rKOA) in Estonian population. Methods. The rs3740199, rs1871054, rs1278279, and rs1044122 SNPs in ADAM12 gene were genotyped in 438 subjects (303 women) from population-based cohort, aged 32 to 57 (mean 45.4). The rKOA features were evaluated in the tibiofemoral joint (TFJ) and patellofemoral joint. Results. The early rKOA was found in 51.4% of investigated subjects (72% women) and 12.3% of participants (63% women) had advanced stage of diseases. The A allele of synonymous SNP rs1044122 was associated with early rKOA in TFJ, predominantly with the presence of osteophytes in females (OR 1.57; 95% CI 1.08–2.29, ). The C allele of intron polymorphism rs1871054 carried risk for advanced rKOA, mostly to osteophyte formation in TFJ in males (OR 3.03; 95% CI 1.11–7.53, ). Also the CCAA haplotype of ADAM12 was associated with osteophytosis, again mostly in TFJ in males ( ). For rs3740199 and rs1278279, no statistically significant associations were observed. Conclusion.  ADAM12 gene variants are related to rKOA risk during the early and late stages of diseases. The genetic risk seems to be predominantly associated with the appearance of osteophytes—a marker of bone remodelling and neochondrogenesis.