Ancestral haplotypes between human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I and class II alleles are well-recognized in the literature. We previously published a positive association between the class II HLA allele DRB1*03 and the subsequent development of asthma in a retrospective cohort of 383 children. To refine this association, we investigated whether DRB1*03-specific haplotypes extending across the HLA are associated with asthma incidence. We found evidence of strong HLA DRB1*03-dependent linkage disequilibrium across the region, but no association between DRB1*03 ancestral haplotypes and childhood asthma. We did, however, observe a trend toward a positive association between HLA DRB1*03 and asthma by adding non-ancestral DRB1*03 positive haplotypes. Our results suggest that the role of the HLA DRB1*03 in asthma susceptibility is independent of ancestral-haplotype-mediated linkage disequilibrium.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2010|
- Ancestral haplotypes
- HLA DRB1
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy