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Identifying Polymorphisms in IL-31 and Their Association with Susceptibility to Asthma
Ji-In Yu, Weon-Cheol Han, Ki-Jung Yun, Hyung-Bae Moon, Gyung-Jae Oh, Soo-Cheon Chae
Korean J Pathol. 2012;46(2):162-168.   Published online April 25, 2012
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Interleukin 31 (IL-31) is a T helper type 2 effector cytokine that plays an important role in the pathogenesis of atopic and allergic diseases. IL-31 may be involved in promoting allergic inflammation and in inducing airway epithelial responses such as allergic asthma.


Single-base extension analysis was used to detect the genotypes of IL-31 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), and we compared the genotype and allele frequencies of the IL-31 SNPs between patients with asthma and healthy controls.


There were no significant differences in the genotype and allele frequencies of the IL-31 SNPs between patients with asthma and healthy controls. Furthermore we compared the genotype and allele frequencies of IL-31 SNPs between patients with atopic asthma, those with non-atopic asthma and healthy controls. This showed that the SNPs were not associated with the susceptibility to atopic asthma. There were no significant differences in the haplotype frequencies of IL-31 SNPs between patients with asthma and healthy controls. In patients with asthma, the IL-31 SNPs were significantly correlated with total serum levels of IgE (p=0.035).


Our results indicate that, the IL-31 SNPs may be associated with IgE production in patients with asthma.


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