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Disease Markers
Volume 12 (1994), Issue 2, Pages 135-139
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/1994/464787
Short Communication

Lack of Association between an Interleukin-I Receptor Antagonist Gene Polymorphism and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Victor A. Danis,1 Michelle Millington,1 Qirong Huang,2 Valentine Hyland,1 and David Grennan2

1Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Royal North Shore Hospital, University of Sydney, St. Leonards, NSW 2065, Australia
2Department of Rheumatology, Royal North Shore Hospital, University of Sydney, St. Leonards, NSW 2065, Australia

Received 8 September 1994

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Abstract

Non-MHC linked genes may contribute to genetic predisposition to the development of systemic lupus erythematosus. The possibility that cytokine genes may be involved was raised by the observation of increased frequency in expression of an uncommon allele of an interleukin-I receptor antagonist gene polymorphism and SLE in a recent U.K. study. We have not been able to show any significant differences in expression of this allele in SLE patients as a whole or in any patient subgroups. Our results actually show a slight decrease in the expression of this allele in SLE patients compared with healthy controls and in SLE patients with malar rash compared with SLE patients without malar rash.