BACKGROUND: Phenotypically diverse autoimmune conditions share common genetic susceptibility loci and underlying molecular pathways. OBJECTIVES: By systematically searching for single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with another autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), we aimed to elucidate novel genetic markers of psoriasis. METHODS: We investigated 18 SNPs, previously confirmed as being associated with RA, in a U.K. cohort of 623 patients with early-onset psoriasis (presenting before age 40 years), comparing them with 2662 control subjects. RESULTS: Our findings confirm the association of early-onset psoriasis with REL (rs13031237, P=0·0027). The minor allele of REL had opposing effects upon susceptibility to disease in patients with psoriasis and RA. CONCLUSION: Similar exploration of additional autoimmune loci and fine mapping of such regions may provide further insight into the genetics and molecular pathophysiology of psoriasis.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||The British journal of dermatology|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2013|