Deletion of LCE3C and LCE3B genes at PSORS4 does not contribute to susceptibility to psoriatic arthritis in German patients

Ulrike Hüffmeier, Xavier Estivill, Eva Riveira-Munoz, Heiko Traupe, Jörg Wendler, Jörg Lohmann, Beate Böhm, Harald Burkhardt, André Reis

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Introduction: Psoriasis susceptibility locus 4 (PSORS4) is a susceptibility locus for psoriasis vulgaris (PsV), a common inflammatory, hyperproliferative skin disorder. Recently, a deletion of 2 late cornified envelope (LCE) genes within epidermal differentiation complex on chromosome 1 was shown to be enriched in 1426 patients with PsV, suggesting compromised barrier function in deletion carriers. This genetic association was subsequently confirmed in a German cohort. Methods: In order to investigate whether this variant also predisposes to psoriatic arthritis (PsA), this deletion and 3 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in strong linkage disequilibrium with it were genotyped in a case-control cohort of 650 patients and 937 control individuals of German origin. Results: LCE deletion frequency did not significantly differ between patients with PsA and controls (65.0% vs 65.5%). Similarly, no evidence for association to the three SNPs was observed. Discussion: This is the first non-human leucocyte antigen (HLA) risk factor predisposing only to skin type of psoriasis, supporting the concept of partially overlapping but different aetiological factors underlying skin and joint manifestations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)876-878
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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