Association study of transforming growth factor alpha (TGFα) Taqi polymorphismand oral clefts: Indication of gene-environment interaction in a population-based sample of infants with birth defects

Shih Jen Hwang, Terri H. Beaty, Susan R. Panny, Nancy A. Street, J. Mehsen Joseph, Shiela Gordon, Iain Mcintosh, Clair A. Francomano

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Abstract

In this study of infants with isolated birth defects, 69 cleft palate only cases, 114 cleft lip with or without cleft palate cases, and 284 controls with noncleft birth defects (all born in Maryland between 1984 and 1992) were examined to test for associations among maternal exposures, genetic markers, and oral clefts. A significantly higher frequency of positive family history of birth defects among both groups of oral cleft cases compared with controls was seen in these data. While there was a modest increase in the less common C2 allele at the TaqI site in the transforming growth factor alpha (TGFα) locus among cleft palate only infants compared with the birth defect controls, the association appeared to reflect an underlying interaction between maternal smoking and infant genotype. This apparent gene-environment interaction was also found among those reporting no family history of any birth defect. Infants carrying the rarer C2 allele who were exposed to maternal smoking of 10 or fewer cigarettes per day showed a 6.16-fold increase in risk for cleft palate only (95% confidence interval 1.09-34.7), while similar infants whose mothers smoked more than 10 cigarettes per day showed an 8.69-fold higher risk (95% confidence interval 1.57-47.8). However, the dose-response relation was not significant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)629-636
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of epidemiology
Volume142
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1995

Keywords

  • Abnormalities
  • Cleft lip
  • Cleft palate
  • Registries
  • Smoking
  • Transforming growth factor alpha.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology

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