PULMONOLOGY / CLINICAL RESEARCH
 
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ABSTRACT
Introduction:
Sarcoidosis is a disease that results from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Its genetic basis however, is yet to be clarified. The purpose of this study is to determine whether single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the B-cell activating factor (BAFF) and its receptor (BAFF-R) are associated with sarcoidosis.

Material and methods:
Blood samples from one hundred and seventy-three sarcoidosis patients and one hundred and sixty-four controls were collected. All samples were genotyped for BAFF rs2893321, rs1041569 and rs9514828, and for BAFF-R rs61756766.

Results:
Out of the three BAFF polymorphisms, none genotype had any significant association with sarcoidosis, although the T allele in rs1041569 and rs9514828 was overrepresented in sarcoidosis patients. A marginally significant association with sarcoidosis was found in the case of the CT genotype and T allele of BAFF-R rs61756766. Haplotype analysis of the BAFF polymorphisms was also performed, revealing an overrepresentation of the ATT, GTA and GTT haplotypes in the group of patients with cardiac involvement.

Conclusions:
Taken together, the results of this study suggest a possible relationship between BAFF SNPs, rs1041569 and rs9514828, and BAFF-R SNP rs61756766 with sarcoidosis susceptibility and their potential as biomarkers for the disease.

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