Psoriasis is associated with pleiotropic susceptibility loci identified in type II diabetes and Crohn disease

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  • External authors:
  • N. Wolf
  • M. Quaranta
  • N. J. Prescott
  • M. Allen
  • R. Smith
  • A. D. Burden
  • C. G. Mathew
  • J. N. Barker
  • F. Capon
  • R. C. Trembath


Background: Psoriasis is an immune-mediated skin disorder that is inherited as a multifactorial trait. Linkage analyses have clearly mapped a primary disease susceptibility locus to the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) region on chromosome 6p21. More recently, whole-genome association studies have identified two non-MHC disease genes (IL12B and IL23R), both of which also confer susceptibility to Crohn disease (CD). Objective and methods: To ascertain the genetic overlap between these two inflammatory conditions further, we investigated 15 CD-associated loci in a psoriasis case-control dataset. Results: The analysis of 1256 patients and 2938 unrelated controls found significant associations for loci mapping to chromosomes 1q24 (rs12035082, p = 0.009), 6p22 (rs6908425, p = 0.00015) and 21q22 (rs2836754, p = 0.0003). Notably, the marker showing the strongest phenotypic effect (rs6908425) maps to CDKAL1, a gene also associated with type 2 diabetes. Conclusions: These results substantiate emerging evidence for a pleiotropic role for s genes that contribute to the pathogenesis of immune-mediated disorders.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-116
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Medical Genetics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008