Mutations in the progranulin gene (GRN) are responsible for familial FTLD with ubiquitin pathology (FTLD-U). However, there are controversial data regarding the contribution of GRN variability to sporadic FTLD. We carried out an association study in 265 patients, who did not carry a GRN causal mutation, and 375 age-matched controls. Four tagging Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) were chosen generate 80% power to detect an allelic association with P ≤ 0.01. In addition, a known functional SNP (rs5848) was included. An increased frequency of the rs4792938 CC genotype in cases compared with controls was observed (17.4 versus 10.4%, P=0.01, OR: 1.81, 95%CI: 1.15-2.85). Stratifying for gender, no differences were observed for all polymorphisms. Haplotype analysis failed to detect haplotypes associated with the disease. Our findings indicate that the GRN rs4792938 CC genotype represents a susceptibility factor for the development of FTLD in individuals who do not carry GRN causal mutations. This SNP is likely located in a regulatory region, thus an effect on GRN mRNA levels may be of mechanistic importance.
|Titolo:||GRN variability contributes to sporadic frontotemporal lobar degeneration|
|Parole Chiave:||Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD); Polymorphism; Progranulin (GRN); Risk factor; Variability|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/26 - Neurologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.3233/JAD-2010-1225|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|