Association of genetic variants in RAB23 and ANXA11 with uveitis in sarcoidosis

Samaneh Davoudi, Victoria S. Chang, Daniel Navarro-Gomez, Lynn K. Stanwyck, Damla Duriye Sevgi, Evangelia Papavasileiou, Aiai Ren, Eduardo Uchiyama, Lynn Sullivan, Ann Marie Lobo, George N. Papaliodis, Lucia Sobrin

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Purpose: Uveitis occurs in a subset of patients with sarcoidosis. The purpose of this study was to determine whether genetic variants that have been associated previously with overall sarcoidosis are associated with increased risk of developing uveitis. Methods: Seventy-seven subjects were enrolled, including 45 patients diagnosed with sarcoidosis-related uveitis as cases and 32 patients with systemic sarcoidosis without ocular involvement as controls. Thirty-eight single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) previously associated with sarcoidosis, sarcoidosis severity, or other organ-specific sarcoidosis involvement were identified. Allele frequencies in ocular sarcoidosis cases versus controls were compared using the chi-square test, and p values were corrected for multiple hypotheses testing using permutation. All analyses were conducted with PLINK. Results: SNPs rs1040461 and rs61860052, in ras-related protein RAS23 (RAB23) and annexin A11 (ANXA11) genes, respectively, were associated with sarcoidosis-associated uveitis. The T allele of rs1040461 and the A allele of rs61860052 were found to be more prevalent in ocular sarcoidosis cases. These associations remained after correction for the multiple hypotheses tested (p=0.01 and p=0.02). In a subanalysis of Caucasian Americans only, two additional variants within the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes on chromosome 6, in HLA-DRB5 and HLA-DRB1, were associated with uveitis as well (p=0.009 and p=0.04). Conclusions: Genetic variants in RAB23 and ANXA11 genes were associated with an increased risk of sarcoidosis-associated uveitis. These loci have previously been associated with overall sarcoidosis risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-74
Number of pages16
JournalMolecular vision
StatePublished - Jan 21 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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