Influence of polymorphism in the genes for the interleukin (IL)-1 receptor antagonist and IL-1β on tuberculosis

Wilkinson, Robert J, Patel, Punita, Llewelyn, Martin, Hirsch, Christina S, Pasvol, Geoffrey, Snounou, Georges, Davidson, Robert N and Toossi, Zahra (1999) Influence of polymorphism in the genes for the interleukin (IL)-1 receptor antagonist and IL-1β on tuberculosis. Journal of Experimental Medicine, 189 (12). pp. 1863-74. ISSN 0022-1007

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Several lines of evidence suggest that host genetic factors controlling the immune response influence infection by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The proinflammatory cytokine interleukin (IL)-1beta and its antagonist, IL-1Ra (IL-1 receptor agonist), are strongly induced by M. tuberculosis and are encoded by polymorphic genes. The induction of both IL-1Ra mRNA and secreted protein by M. tuberculosis in IL-1Ra allele A2-positive (IL-1Ra A2(+)) healthy subjects was 1.9-fold higher than in IL-1Ra A2(-) subjects. The M. tuberculosis-induced expression of mRNA for IL-1beta was higher in subjects of the IL-1beta (+3953) A1(+) haplotype (P = 0.04). The molar ratio of IL-1Ra/IL-1beta induced by M. tuberculosis was markedly higher in IL-1Ra A2(+) individuals (P < 0.05), with minor overlap between the groups, reflecting linkage between the IL-1Ra A2 and IL-1beta (+3953) A2 alleles. In M. tuberculosis-stimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells, the addition of IL-4 increased IL-1Ra secretion, whereas interferon gamma increased and IL-10 decreased IL-1beta production, indicative of a differential influence on the IL-1Ra/IL-1beta ratio by cytokines. In a study of 114 healthy purified protein derivative-reactive subjects and 89 patients with tuberculosis, the frequency of allelic variants at two positions (-511 and +3953) in the IL-1beta and IL-1Ra genes did not differ between the groups. However, the proinflammatory IL-1Ra A2(-)/IL-1beta (+3953) A1(+) haplotype was unevenly distributed, being more common in patients with tuberculous pleurisy (92%) in comparison with healthy M. tuberculosis-sensitized control subjects or patients with other disease forms (57%, P = 0.028 and 56%, P = 0. 024, respectively). Furthermore, the IL-1Ra A2(+) haplotype was associated with a reduced Mantoux response to purified protein derivative of M. tuberculosis: 60% of tuberculin-nonreactive patients were of this type. Thus, the polymorphism at the IL-1 locus influences the cytokine response and may be a determinant of delayed-type hypersensitivity and disease expression in human tuberculosis.

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Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Global Health and Infection
Depositing User: Sandy Gray
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2016 12:54
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