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Disease Markers
Volume 22 (2006), Issue 5-6, Pages 277-291

Genetic Variants of Surfactant Proteins A, B, C, and D in Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

J. Pavlovic,1 C. Papagaroufalis,2 M. Xanthou,2 W. Liu,3 R. Fan,4 N. J. Thomas,3,5 I. Apostolidou,2 E. Papathoma,6 E. Megaloyianni,7 S. DiAngelo,1 and J. Floros1,5,8

1Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, PSU, Hershey, PA, USA
2Aghia Sophia, Hospital, Athens, Greece
3Department of Health Evaluation Sciences, PSU, Hershey, PA, USA
4Department of Statistics, Texas A&M University, College Station TX, USA
5Department of Pediatrics, PSU, Hershey, PA, USA
6Alexandra Hospital, Athens, Greece
7A. Kyriakou Hospital, Athens, Greece
8Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, PSU, Hershey, PA, USA

Received 18 January 2007; Accepted 18 January 2007

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BPD_28D (O2 dependency at 28 days of life) and BPD_36W (O2 dependency at 36 wks post-menstrual age) are diseases of prematurely born infants exposed to mechanical ventilation and/or oxygen supplementation. In order to determine whether genetic variants of surfactant proteins (SPs-A, B, C, and D) and SP-B-linked microsatellite markers are risk factors in BPD, we performed a family based association study using a Greek study group of 71 neonates (<30 wks gestational age) from 60 families with, 52 BPD_28D and 19 BPD_36W, affected infants. Genotyping was performed using newly designed pyrosequencing assays and previously published methods. Associations between genetic variants of SPs and BPD subgroups were determined using Transmission Disequilibrium Test (TDT) and Family Based Association Test (FBAT). Significant associations (p ≤ 0.01) were observed for alleles of SP-B and SP-B-linked microsatellite markers, and haplotypes of SP-A, SP-D, and SP-B. Specifically, allele B-18_C associated with susceptibility in BPD_36W. Microsatellite marker AAGG_6 associated with susceptibility in BPD_28D/36W group. Haplotype analysis revealed ten susceptibility and one protective haplotypes for SP-B and SP-B-linked microsatellite markers and two SP-A-SP-D protective haplotypes. The data indicate that SP loci are linked to BPD. Studies in different study groups and/or of larger sample size are warranted to confirm these observations and delineate genetic background of BPD subgroups.