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ALOX5 promoter genotype, asthma severity and LTC production by eosinophils.

Authors: Kalayci, O  Birben, E  Sackesen, C  Keskin, O  Tahan, F  Wechsler, ME  Civelek, E  Soyer, OU  Adalioglu, G  Tuncer, A  Israel, E  Lilly, C 
Citation: Kalayci O, etal., Allergy. 2006 Jan;61(1):97-103.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:16364163
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1111/j.1398-9995.2006.00979.x

BACKGROUND: The number of Sp1-Egr1 binding tandem repeats at the ALOX5 promoter influences gene transcription and may modify the response to anti-leukotriene treatment. The relationship of ALOX5 variants to asthma severity and leukotriene production by eosinophils is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To characterize ALOX5 mRNA expression and cysteinyl-leukotriene production by eosinophils from individuals bearing ALOX5 promoter deletional variants and their association with the severity of childhood asthma. METHODS: Eosinophils from adult asthmatics bearing only variant alleles (with other than five tandem repeats on both chromosomes, non5/non5) or no variant alleles (5/5) were cultured in vitro and ALOX5 expression and leukotriene secretion were measured. A total of 621 children with mild or moderate-severe asthma were genotyped at the ALOX5 core promoter. RESULTS: Asthmatics with non5/non5 genotype expressed less ALOX5 mRNA and produced less LTC4 into culture supernatants than 5/5 individuals (6.4 +/- 2.0 and 20.0 +/- 5.0 pg/ml, n = 5; P < 0.05). More asthmatic children bearing non5/non5 genotype had moderate-severe asthma than children with the 5/5 genotype (5.3% vs. 1.4%, P = 0.008). Multivariate logistic regression identified ALOX5 promoter genotype as a significant predictor of disease severity (OR = 3.647, 95% CI: 1.146-11.608, P = 0.03). Consistent with these findings, children bearing the non5/non5 genotype had greater bronchomotor response to exercise as measured by the maximum fall after exercise and the area under the exercise curve (P < 0.05 for both). CONCLUSION: Our results suggest that children who express the asthma phenotype despite having a genetic variant that impairs their ability to express ALOX5 have more severe disease and thus are more likely to have asthma symptoms.


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Created: 2010-12-16
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