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Association of interleukin-33 gene single nucleotide polymorphisms with ischemic stroke in north Chinese population

Liang Guo, Xinghu Zhou, Xiaofan Guo, Xingang Zhang and Yingxian Sun*

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Department of Cardiology, the First Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang 110001, China

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BMC Medical Genetics 2013, 14:109  doi:10.1186/1471-2350-14-109

Published: 9 October 2013



IL-33, an IL-1-like cytokine, is a ligand for IL1RL1, which is an important effector molecule of type 2 T helper responses. Although IL-33/IL1RL1 interaction has been suggested to be important in the development of atherosclerosis, genetic influences of the polymorphisms of IL33 in human ischemic stroke are unclear. The aim of this study was to examine whether the single nucleotide polymorphisms in IL33 are associated with ischemic stroke in Northern Chinese population.


We used a nested case–control study involving 90 ischemic stroke patients and 270 age-matched, sex-matched and blood pressure-matched non-ischemic stroke controls from a rural population and determined the genotypes of four polymorphisms (rs1929992, rs10975519, rs4742170, rs16924159) in IL33 by Snapshot SNP genotyping assays to assess any links with ischemic stroke.


Univariate analysis showed two single nucleotide polymorphisms (rs1929992, rs4742170) in IL33 were associated with ischemic stroke in additive, dominant, and recessive model. Binary Logistic Regression shows that rs4742170 variation is the most important factor associated with ischemic stroke (adjusted odds ratio (OR) = 1.880, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.316-2.686 in an additive model; OR = 2.091, CI = 1.249-3.498 in a dominant model; OR = 2.623, CI = 1.366-5.036 in a recessive model).


In this sample of patients, genetic variation of rs4742170 in IL33 is significantly associated with the developing of ischemic stroke.

Interleukin-33; Single nucleotide polymorphism; Ischemic stroke