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The polymorphisms of MSH6 gene are associated with AIDS progression in a northern Chinese population

Wang, Chuntao, Zhao, Chunyan, Zhang, Xuelong, Xu, Lidan, Jia, Xueyuan, Sun, Haiming, Yu, Jingcui, Zhang, Guangfa, He, Ning, Li, Qiuyan, Qiao, Yuandong, Fu, Songbin
Infection, genetics, and evolution 2016 v.42 pp. 9-13
CD4-positive T-lymphocytes, DNA repair, HIV infections, Human immunodeficiency virus 1, alleles, base pair mismatch, gene frequency, genotyping, haplotypes, neoplasms, single nucleotide polymorphism, China
It has been reported that DNA repair genes play an important role in HIV-1 infection and AIDS progression. One DNA repair pathway, the mismatch repair (MMR) is associated with a wide variety of tumors. However, the role of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the MMR genes and their importance in HIV-1 infection and AIDS progression remain unclear. In the present study, 479 HIV-1-infected and 487 healthy individuals from northern China were genotyped for nine SNPs in the MSH2 gene (rs13019654, rs4608577, rs4952887, rs6726691, rs10191478, rs12999145, rs1981929, rs2042649, rs2303428) and five SNPs in the MSH6 gene (rs2348244, rs3136245, rs3136329, rs2072447, rs7562048). Our results showed that the rs7562048 G allele frequency was significantly higher in the cases with the CD4+ T-lymphocyte count <200cells/μl than those with >200cells/μl (P=0.001, OR=1.811, 95% CI 1.255–2.614), which is in agreement with the result of the Bonferroni correction. The frequencies of the rs2348244 C allele and rs3136245 T allele were higher in the cases at clinical phase IV than those at clinical phase I+II+III (P=0.026, OR=1.591, 95% CI 1.056–2.398 and P=0.019, OR=1.749, 95% CI 1.096–2.791, respectively); however, this difference is not supported by the Bonferroni correction. There were no significant differences in the frequency of allele, genotype and haplotype of the 14 SNPs between HIV-1-infected individuals and healthy controls (P>0.05). These results suggest that the rs7562048 is associated with the clinical features and that the MSH6 gene polymorphisms likely play an important role in the progression of AIDS in the northern Chinese population.