The non-muscle myosin heavy chain 9 gene (MYH9) is not associated with lupus nephritis in African Americans

Barry I. Freedman, Jeffrey C. Edberg, Mary E. Comeau, Mariana Murea, Donald W. Bowden, Jasmin Divers, Graciela S. Alarcón, Elizabeth E. Brown, Gerald McGwin, Jeffrey B. Kopp, Cheryl A. Winkler, George W. Nelson, Gabor Illei, Michelle Petri, Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, John D. Reveille, Luis M. Vilá, Carl D. Langefeld, Robert P. Kimberly

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Abstract

Background: African Americans (AA) disproportionately develop lupus nephritis (LN) relative to European Americans and familial clustering supports causative genes. Since MYH9 underlies approximately 40% of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in AA, we tested for genetic association with LN. Methods: Seven MYH9 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and the E1 risk haplotype were tested for association with LN in three cohorts of AA. Results: A preliminary analysis revealed that the MYH9 E1 risk haplotype was associated with ESRD in 25 cases with presumed systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)-associated ESRD, compared to 735 non-SLE controls (odds ratio 3.1; p = 0.010 recessive). Replication analyses were performed in 583 AA with SLE in the PROFILE cohort (318 with LN; 265 with SLE but without nephropathy) and 60 AA from the NIH (39 with LN; 21 with SLE but without nephropathy). Analysis of the NIH and larger PROFILE cohorts, as well as a combined analysis, did not support this association. Conclusions: These results suggest that AA with ESRD and coincident SLE who were recruited from dialysis clinics more likely have kidney diseases in the MYH9-associated spectrum of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. PROFILE and NIH participants, recruited from rheumatology practices, demonstrate that MYH9 does not contribute substantially to the development of LN in AA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-72
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Nephrology
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2010

Keywords

  • African Americans
  • Genetics
  • Kidney
  • Lupus nephritis
  • MYH9
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology

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