Does the locus on chromosome 11 implicated in susceptibility to HLA-DR4 dependent type I diabetes mellitus also affect susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis?
There is a polygenic component to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in addition to the known association with HLA-DR4. It has previously been shown in another autoimmune disease (type I diabetes mellitus) that a gene on chromosome 11p can act with HLA-DR4 to enhance susceptibility (relative risk 5-6). It is therefore possible that this locus may also affect the development of RA. Genotype frequencies at this locus, defined by a dimorphic Fok 1 restriction site, were compared in 139 healthy controls a...Expand abstract
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