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    The SLC44A4 gene was recently reported to be associated with ulcerative colitis (UC) susceptibility in the Indian and Japanese populations. The aim of our study was to investigate the association of common variants within the SLC44A4 gene and the susceptibility to UC among the Han Chinese. We examined 16 tag single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within the SLC44A4 gene in a Han Chinese population that consisted of 311 UC patients and 675 healthy controls; both SNP and haplotypic association analyses were performed. We found that rs2736428 was significantly associated with UC risk (allelic p = 0.0004), and the CT and TT genotypes of rs2736428 had a higher distribution compared with the CC genotypes (genotypic p = 0.001), suggesting that the T allele was a risk allele (odds ratio = 1.45, 95% confidence interval = 1.18-1.78). Moreover, one haplotype block that included rs2736428 was found to be strongly associated with UC risk as well (global p < 0.001). Our results provide further supportive evidence for an important role of the SLC44A4 gene in the pathogenesis of UC.


    Jie Wu, Yan Cheng, Rong Zhang, Hao Shen, Li Ma, Jun Yang, Yanting Zhang, Jun Zhang. Evaluating the Association of Common Variants of the SLC44A4 Gene with Ulcerative Colitis Susceptibility in the Han Chinese Population. Genetic testing and molecular biomarkers. 2017 Sep;21(9):555-559

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    PMID: 28753073

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