DQB1 locus alone explains most of the risk and protection in narcolepsy with cataplexy in Europe

Tafti, Mehdi; Hor, Hyun; Dauvilliers, Yves; Lammers, Gert J.; Overeem, Sebastiaan; Mayer, Geert; Javidi, Sirous; Iranzo, Alex; Santamaria, Joan; Peraita-Adrados, Rosa; Vicario, José L; Arnulf, Isabelle; Plazzi, Giuseppe; Bayard, Sophie; Poli, Francesca; Pizza, Fabio; Geisler, Peter; Wierzbicka, Aleksandra; Bassetti, Claudio L.; Mathis, Johannes; ... (2014). DQB1 locus alone explains most of the risk and protection in narcolepsy with cataplexy in Europe. Sleep, 37(1), pp. 19-25. American Academy of Sleep Medicine 10.5665/sleep.3300

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STUDY OBJECTIVE Prior research has identified five common genetic variants associated with narcolepsy with cataplexy in Caucasian patients. To replicate and/or extend these findings, we have tested HLA-DQB1, the previously identified 5 variants, and 10 other potential variants in a large European sample of narcolepsy with cataplexy subjects. DESIGN Retrospective case-control study. SETTING A recent study showed that over 76% of significant genome-wide association variants lie within DNase I hypersensitive sites (DHSs). From our previous GWAS, we identified 30 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with P < 10(-4) mapping to DHSs. Ten SNPs tagging these sites, HLADQB1, and all previously reported SNPs significantly associated with narcolepsy were tested for replication. PATIENTS AND PARTICIPANTS For GWAS, 1,261 narcolepsy patients and 1,422 HLA-DQB1*06:02-matched controls were included. For HLA study, 1,218 patients and 3,541 controls were included. MEASUREMENTS AND RESULTS None of the top variants within DHSs were replicated. Out of the five previously reported SNPs, only rs2858884 within the HLA region (P < 2x10(-9)) and rs1154155 within the TRA locus (P < 2x10(-8)) replicated. DQB1 typing confirmed that DQB1*06:02 confers an extraordinary risk (odds ratio 251). Four protective alleles (DQB1*06:03, odds ratio 0.17, DQB1*05:01, odds ratio 0.56, DQB1*06:09 odds ratio 0.21, DQB1*02 odds ratio 0.76) were also identified. CONCLUSION An overwhelming portion of genetic risk for narcolepsy with cataplexy is found at DQB1 locus. Since DQB1*06:02 positive subjects are at 251-fold increase in risk for narcolepsy, and all recent cases of narcolepsy after H1N1 vaccination are positive for this allele, DQB1 genotyping may be relevant to public health policy.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurology

UniBE Contributor:

Bassetti, Claudio; Mathis, Johannes and Khatami, Ramin


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




American Academy of Sleep Medicine




Gabriela Horber

Date Deposited:

02 Jun 2014 17:14

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25 Dec 2014 01:41

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Autoimmunity, GWAS, H1N1, vaccination, genetics





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