Open Access Research article

Microarray analysis in B cells among siblings with/without MS - role for transcription factor TCF2

Jagannadha R Avasarala1*, Sridar V Chittur2, Ajish D George2 and John A Tine2

Author Affiliations

1 Multiple Sclerosis Specialty Care, Kansas Neurological Consultants, PA, Wichita, KS 67218, USA

2 Center for Functional Genomics and Department of Biomedical Sciences, University at Albany, SUNY, Rensselaer, NY 12144, USA

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BMC Medical Genomics 2008, 1:2  doi:10.1186/1755-8794-1-2

Published: 31 January 2008



We investigated if global gene expression and transcription networks in B-lymphocytes of siblings with multiple sclerosis (MS) were different from healthy siblings.


Using virus-transformed immortalized B cells and human whole genome bioarrays with validation using RT-qPCR, we found that in siblings with MS, genes for CXCL10, serpin B1 and FUT4 were up regulated whereas CDC5L, TNFRSF19 and HLA-DR were down regulated, among others; transcription analysis showed two intersecting clusters of transcriptional factors - the larger, governed by the upregulated transcription factor 2 (TCF2) and the smaller network regulated by the downregulated CDC5L.


No study has linked TCF2 to MS and to better understand the role of TCF2 in MS, studies in larger cohorts are required.