The objective of this study was to determine whether the matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) rs3918242 single nucleotide polymorphism may confer susceptibility to systemic sclerosis (SSc) with and without ulcers in an Italian Caucasian population. The MMP-9 rs3918242 functional polymorphism was genotyped in 461 subjects of Italian Caucasian origin: 228 patients with SSc (92 with and 136 without ulcers) and 233 unrelated healthy individuals. The SNP under study was in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium in the control population. Genotype and allele distributions between SSc patients, with or without ulcers, were not statistically significant. (P>0.05). A significant increase of the genotype C/T was observed in male SSc patients without ulcers when compared to patients with ulcers (P=0.04). The MMP-9 rs3918242 functional polymorphism is not associated with susceptibility to SSc. However, the presence of the polymorphism may have a protective effect on the development of ulcers in SSc male patients.
|Titolo:||Analysis of matrix metalloproteinase-9 gene polymorphism-1562 C/T in patients suffering from systemic sclerosis with and without ulcers|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2011|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|