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V75R576 IL-4 receptor alpha is associated with allergic asthma and enhanced IL-4 receptor function.

Authors: Risma, KA  Wang, N  Andrews, RP  Cunningham, CM  Ericksen, MB  Bernstein, JA  Chakraborty, R  Hershey, GK 
Citation: Risma KA, etal., J Immunol. 2002 Aug 1;169(3):1604-10.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:12133990

Asthma is a complex polygenic disease. Many studies have implicated the importance of IL-4R alpha in the development of allergic inflammation and its gene has been implicated in the genetics of asthma and atopy. In this study, we examined the functional consequences of two of the human IL-4R alpha allelic variants that have been found to associate with asthma and atopy. We examined the effects of each variant alone and in combination on IL-4-dependent gene induction. We found that neither the Q576R nor the I75V variants affected IL-4-dependent CD23 expression. However, the combination of V75R576 resulted in expression of an IL-4R alpha with enhanced sensitivity to IL-4. We next examined the genetics of five of the known IL-4R alpha allelic variants in asthmatic and nonatopic populations. Strikingly, the association of V75/R576 with atopic asthma was greater than either allele alone and the association of R576 with atopic asthma was dependent on the coexistence of V75. A haplotype analysis revealed a single IL-4R alpha haplotype that was associated with allergic asthma, VACRS, further confirming the importance of the V75 and R576 combination in the genetics of asthma. This is the first report demonstrating that a functional alteration in IL-4R alpha requires the coexistence of two naturally occurring single nucleotide polymorphisms (snps) in combination; neither snp alone is sufficient. These data illustrate the importance of studying snps in combination, because the functional significance of a given snp may only be evident in a specific setting of additional snps in the same or different genes.

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