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Mediators of Inflammation
Volume 2006 (2006), Article ID 19724, 7 pages
Research Communication

Is the Association Between TNF-α-308 A Allele and DMT1 Independent of HLA-DRB1, DQB1 Alleles?

1Department of Pediatrics, Endocrinology, and Diabetes, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice 40-752, Poland
2Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronic and Computer Science, Silesian University of Technology, Gilwice 44-101, Poland
3Blood Center, Katowice 40-074, Poland

Received 12 January 2006; Revised 25 March 2006; Accepted 5 April 2006

Copyright © 2006 Grażyna Deja 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.


The aim of the study was to assess chosen factors of genetic susceptibility to DMT1: DRB1, DQB1, and TNF-α polymorphisms-308 (G/A) in children with DMT1 and their up-to-now healthy siblings. Then we tested whether the association between TNF-α genes and DMT1 is independent of HLA. 87 diabetic children, their 78 siblings, and 85 persons from healthy control group were followed up. The highest risk of DMT1 was connected with alleles: DRB1*0401 (OR = 3.39; CI: 1.55–7.41), DRB1*0301 (OR = 2.72; CI: 1.48–5.01), DQB1*0201 (OR = 4.04; CI: 2.17–7.52), DQB1*0302 (OR = 5.08; CI: 2.54–10.14), and TNF-α-308 A allele (OR = 2.59; CI: 1.23–5.44). Moreover linkage disequilibrium for TNF-α-308 A allele with DRB1*0301 and DQB1*0201 was observed in both diabetic children and their siblings. Diabetic children and their siblings present similar genetic risk factors for DMT1. The association between TNF-α-308 A allele and DMT1 is dependent of HLA-DRB1 and DQB1 alleles.