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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 483759, 7 pages
Research Article

A 3’UTR Polymorphism of IL-6R Is Associated with Chinese Pediatric Tuberculosis

Key Laboratory of Major Diseases in Children and National, Key Discipline of Pediatrics, (Capital Medical University), Ministry of Education, Beijing Pediatric Research Institute, Beijing Children’s Hospital, Capital Medical University, No. 56 Nan-li-shi Road, Beijing 100045, China

Received 7 December 2013; Accepted 21 January 2014; Published 19 March 2014

Academic Editor: Asude Alpman Durmaz

Copyright © 2014 Chen Shen 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.


Background. IL-6 is a proinflammatory cytokine that plays a critical role in host defense against tuberculosis (TB). Genetic polymorphisms of IL-6 and its receptor IL-6R had been discussed in adult TB recently. However, their role in pediatric TB is still unclear. Due to the obvious differences in TB pathophysiology in children, which may also reflect differences in genetic background, further association studies in pediatric populations are needed. Methods. A case-control study was carried out in a Chinese pediatric population including 353 TB patients and 400 healthy controls. Tag-SNPs of IL-6 and IL-6R genes were selected by Haploview software, genotyped using MassArray, and analyzed statistically. Results. One polymorphism, rs2229238, in the 3’UTR region of IL-6R was observed to be associated with increased resistance to TB (adjusted P = 0.03). The rs2229238 T allele contributed to a reduced risk to TB in recessive heritable model (OR, 0.53; 95% CI, 0.35–0.78). Conclusions. By tag-SNP genotyping based case-control study, we identified a genetic polymorphism in the IL-6R 3’UTR that regulates host resistance to pediatric TB in a Chinese population.