Protein Z G79A and A-13G gene polymorphisms in Italian patients with Behçet's disease

A. Ghinoi, L. Boiardi, F. Atzeni, B. Casali, E. Farnetti, D. Nicoli, N. Pipitone, I. Olivieri, F. Cantini, F. Salvi, R. La Corte, G. Triolo, D. Filippini, G. Paolazzi, C. Salvarani

Unità di Reumatologia, Arcispedale S. Maria Nuova, Reggio Emilia, Italy

2009 Vol.27, N°2 ,Suppl.53 - PI 0023, PF 0028
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To investigate potential associations between A-13G and G79A polymorphisms of the protein Z gene and venous thrombosis and other clinical manifestations in Italian patients with Behçet`s disease (BD).
176 Italian patients who satisfied the International Study Group criteria for BD and 134 healthy age- and sex- matched blood donors were genotyped for A-13G and G79A polymorphisms of the protein Z gene by molecular methods. 113 and 112 of the 176 BD patients were also genotyped for factor V Leiden and prothrombin gene G20210A polymorphisms. Serological HLA class B51 typing was performed by a standard microlymphocytotoxicity technique. The patients were subgrouped according to the presence or absence of clinical manifestations.
The distribution of allele and genotype frequencies of A-13G and G79A polymorphisms did not differ significantly between BD patients and healthy controls.The frequencies of carriage rates of protein Z G79A and A-13G polymorphisms in BD patients with and without DVT were similar. Similarly, no associations between thrombotic events and the protein Z gene polymorphisms studied were observed in BD patients carrying factor V Leiden or prothrombin gene G20210A mutations. No significant associations were observed between protein Z polymorphisms and the occurrence of specific clinical findings.
No association between DVT and A-13G or G79A polymorphisms of the protein Z gene was found in Italian BD patients. Furthermore, these protein Z polymorphisms in BD do not seem to increase the risk of DVT due to factor V Leiden or prothrombin gene G20210A mutations.

PMID: 19796528 [PubMed]