Psoriasis is associated with pleiotropic susceptibility loci identified in type II diabetes and Crohn disease

N. Wolf, M. Quaranta, N. J. Prescott, M. Allen, R. Smith, A. D. Burden, J. Worthington, C. E M Griffiths, C. G. Mathew, J. N. Barker, F. Capon, R. C. Trembath

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    Background: Psoriasis is an immune-mediated skin disorder that is inherited as a multifactorial trait. Linkage analyses have clearly mapped a primary disease susceptibility locus to the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) region on chromosome 6p21. More recently, whole-genome association studies have identified two non-MHC disease genes (IL12B and IL23R), both of which also confer susceptibility to Crohn disease (CD). Objective and methods: To ascertain the genetic overlap between these two inflammatory conditions further, we investigated 15 CD-associated loci in a psoriasis case-control dataset. Results: The analysis of 1256 patients and 2938 unrelated controls found significant associations for loci mapping to chromosomes 1q24 (rs12035082, p = 0.009), 6p22 (rs6908425, p = 0.00015) and 21q22 (rs2836754, p = 0.0003). Notably, the marker showing the strongest phenotypic effect (rs6908425) maps to CDKAL1, a gene also associated with type 2 diabetes. Conclusions: These results substantiate emerging evidence for a pleiotropic role for s genes that contribute to the pathogenesis of immune-mediated disorders.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)114-116
    Number of pages2
    JournalJournal of Medical Genetics
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008


    • Adult
    • Alleles
    • Case-Control Studies
    • Chromosome Mapping
    • genetics: Chromosomes, Human, Pair 1
    • genetics: Chromosomes, Human, Pair 21
    • genetics: Chromosomes, Human, Pair 6
    • genetics: Crohn Disease
    • Databases, Genetic
    • genetics: Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
    • Female
    • Gene Frequency
    • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
    • Humans
    • Male
    • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide
    • genetics: Psoriasis


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