Interferon-λ rs12979860 genotype and liver fibrosis in viral and non-viral chronic liver disease
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AbstractTissue fibrosis is a core pathologic process that contributes to mortality in ∼45% of the population and is likely to be influenced by the host genetic architecture. Here we demonstrate, using liver disease as a model, that a single-nucleotide polymorphism (rs12979860) in the intronic region of interferon-λ4 (IFNL4) is a strong predictor of fibrosis in an aetiology-independent manner. In a cohort of 4,172 patients, including 3,129 with chronic hepatitis C (CHC), 555 with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) and 488 with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), those with rs12979860CC have greater hepatic inflammation and fibrosis. In CHC, those with rs12979860CC also have greater stage-constant and stage-specific fibrosis progression rates (P<0.0001 for all). The impact of rs12979860 genotypes on fibrosis is maximal in young females, especially those with HCV genotype 3. These findings establish rs12979860 genotype as a strong aetiology-independent predictor of tissue inflammation and fibrosis.
All Author(s) ListEslam M., Hashem A.M., Leung R., Romero-Gomez M., Berg T., Dore G.J., Chan H.L.K., Irving W.L., Sheridan D., Abate M.L., Adams L.A., Mangia A., Weltman M., Bugianesi E., Spengler U., Shaker O., Fischer J., Mollison L., Cheng W., Powell E., Nattermann J., Riordan S., McLeod D., Armstrong N.J., Douglas M.W., Liddle C., Booth D.R., George J., Ahlenstiel G., Ampuero J., Bassendine M., Wong V.W.S., Rosso C., White R., Mezzabotta L., Suppiah V., Michalk M., Malik B., Matthews G., Applegate T., Grebely J., Fragomeli V., Jonsson J.R., Santaro R.
Journal nameNature Communications
Year2015
Month1
Day1
Volume Number6
PublisherNature Publishing Group
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN2041-1723
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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