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A novel single nucleotide polymorphism within the NOD2 gene is associated with pulmonary tuberculosis in the Chinese Han, Uygur and Kazak populations

Mengyuan Zhao1, Feng Jiang2, Wanjiang Zhang3, Fujian Li4, Liliang Wei5, Jiyan Liu1, Yun Xue16, Xiling Deng3, Fang Wu3, Le Zhang3, Xing Zhang1, Yuxiang Zhang1, Dapeng Fan4, Xiaojun Sun5, Tingting Jiang1 and Ji-Cheng Li1*

Author Affiliations

1 Institute of Cell Biology, Zhejiang University, 866 Yuhangtang Road, Hangzhou 310058, China

2 Dongzhimen Hospital Affiliated to Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100700, China

3 Department of Pathophysiology, Shihezi University School of Medicine, Xinjiang 832003, China

4 The Fifth Hospital of Hangzhou, Hangzhou 310003, China

5 The Sixth Hospital of Shaoxing, Shaoxing 312000, China

6 Henan University of Science and Technology, Luoyang 471003, China

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BMC Infectious Diseases 2012, 12:91  doi:10.1186/1471-2334-12-91

Published: 14 April 2012

Abstract

Background

The present study aimed to investigate the genetic polymorphisms in exon 4 of the NOD2 gene in tuberculosis patients and healthy controls, in order to clarify whether polymorphisms in the NOD2 gene is associated with tuberculosis.

Methods

A case-control study was performed on the Chinese Han, Uygur and Kazak populations. Exon 4 of the NOD2 gene was sequenced in 425 TB patients and 380 healthy controls to identify SNPs.

Results

The frequency of T/G genotypes for the Arg587Arg (CGT → CGG) single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in NOD2 was found to be significantly higher in the Uygur (34.9%) and Kazak (37.1%) populations than the Han population (18.6%). Also, the frequency of G/G genotypes for the Arg587Arg SNP was significantly higher in the Uyghur (8.3%) and Kazak (5.4%) populations than the Han population (0.9%). Meanwhile, no significant difference was found in the Arg587Arg polymorphism between the tuberculosis patients and healthy controls in the Uyghur and Kazak populations (P > 0.05) whereas, a significant difference was observed in the Arg587Arg polymorphism between the tuberculosis patients and healthy controls in the Han population (P < 0.01). The odd ratio of 2.16 (95% CI = 1.31-3.58; P < 0.01) indicated that the Arg587Arg SNP in NOD2 may be associated with susceptibility to tuberculosis in the Chinese Han population.

Conclusions

Our study is the first to demonstrate that the Arg587Arg SNP in NOD2 is a new possible risk factor for tuberculosis in the Chinese Han population, but not in the Uyghur and Kazak populations. Our results may reflect racial differences in genetic susceptibility to tuberculosis.

Keywords:
NOD2; Arg587Arg SNP; Tuberculosis; Chinese Han; Uyghur; Kazak