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Lack of association between mannose-binding lectin gene polymorphisms and juvenile idiopathic arthritis in a Han population from the Hubei province of China

Min Kang1, Hong-Wei Wang1*, Pei-Xuan Cheng1, Zun-Dong Yin2, Xiao-Ou Li1, Hong Shi1 and Xiu-Fen Hu1

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1 Department of Pediatrics, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Hua Zhong University of Science and Technology, 1095 Jie Fang Avenue, Wuhan 430030, Hubei Province, China

2 Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 27 Nan Wei Road, Beijing 100050, China

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Arthritis Research & Therapy 2006, 8:R85  doi:10.1186/ar1953

Published: 8 May 2006


Many studies have reported that polymorphisms of the mannose-binding lectin (MBL) gene are associated with autoimmune disease. Here, we investigate the relationship between MBL gene polymorphisms and susceptibility to juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in a Han-nationality population from the Hubei province of China. PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism was used to investigate polymorphisms of codons 54 and 57 in exon 1 of the MBL gene in 93 patients with JIA and 48 control children. Neither group showed codon 57 polymorphisms. There was no significant difference in the genotypic frequencies of codon 54 between patients with JIA and healthy controls (wild type, 71.0% versus 75.0%, respectively; heterozygous type, 25.8% versus 25.0%, respectively; and homozygous type, 3.2% versus 0.0%, respectively). In addition, no association was found between the subgroups of patients with JIA and control individuals. Our results provide no evidence for a relationship between MBL gene mutation and susceptibility to JIA.