Genetic variation of the human urinary tract innate immune response and asymptomatic bacteriuria in women

Thomas R. Hawn, Delia Scholes, Hongwei Wang, Sue S. Li, Ann E. Stapleton, Marta Janer, Alan Aderem, Walter E. Stamm, Lue Ping Zhao, Thomas M. Hooton

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Abstract

Background: Although several studies suggest that genetic factors are associated with human UTI susceptibility, the role of DNA variation in regulating early in vivo urine inflammatory responses has not been fully examined. We examined whether candidate gene polymorphisms were associated with altered urine inflammatory profiles in asymptomatic women with or without bacteriuria. Methodology: We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) in 1,261 asymptomatic women ages 18-49 years originally enrolled as participants in a population-based case-control study of recurrent UTI and pyelonephritis. We genotyped polymorphisms in CXCR1, CXCR2, TLR1, TLR2, TLR4, TLR5, and TIRAP in women with and without ASB. We collected urine samples and measured levels of uropathogenic bacteria, neutrophils, and chemokines. Principal Findings: Polymorphism TLR2_G2258A, a variant associated with decreased lipopeptide-induced signaling, was associated with increased ASB risk (odds ratio 3.44, 95%CI; 1.65-7.17). Three CXCR1 polymorphisms were associated with ASB caused by gram-positive organisms. ASB was associated with urinary CXCL-8 levels, but not CXCL-5, CXCL-6, or sICAM-1 (P≤0.0001). Urinary levels of CXCL-8 and CXCL-6, but not ICAM-1, were associated with higher neutrophil levels (P≤0.0001). In addition, polymorphism CXCR1_G827C was associated with increased CXCL-8 levels in women with ASB (P= 0.004). Conclusions: TLR2 and CXCR1 polymorphisms were associated with ASB and a CXCR1 variant was associated with urine CXCL-8 levels. These results suggest that genetic factors are associated with early in vivo human bladder immune responses prior to the development of symptomatic UTIs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere8300
JournalPloS one
Volume4
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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    Hawn, T. R., Scholes, D., Wang, H., Li, S. S., Stapleton, A. E., Janer, M., Aderem, A., Stamm, W. E., Zhao, L. P., & Hooton, T. M. (2009). Genetic variation of the human urinary tract innate immune response and asymptomatic bacteriuria in women. PloS one, 4(12), [e8300]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0008300