Genetic determinants of antithyroid drug-induced agranulocytosis by human leukocyte antigen genotyping and genome-wide association study.

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Graves' disease is the leading cause of hyperthyroidism affecting 1.0-1.6% of the population. Antithyroid drugs are the treatment cornerstone, but may cause life-threatening agranulocytosis. Here we conduct a two-stage association study on two separate subject sets (in total 42 agranulocytosis cases and 1,208 Graves' disease controls), using direct human leukocyte antigen genotyping and SNP-based genome-wide association study. We demonstrate HLA-B*38:02 (Armitage trend Pcombined=6.75 × 10(-32)) and HLA-DRB1*08:03 (Pcombined=1.83 × 10(-9)) as independent susceptibility loci. The genome-wide association study identifies the same signals. Estimated odds ratios for these two loci comparing effective allele carriers to non-carriers are 21.48 (95% confidence interval=11.13-41.48) and 6.13 (95% confidence interval=3.28-11.46), respectively. Carrying both HLA-B*38:02 and HLA-DRB1*08:03 increases odds ratio to 48.41 (Pcombined=3.32 × 10(-21), 95% confidence interval=21.66-108.22). Our results could be useful for antithyroid-induced agranulocytosis and potentially for agranulocytosis caused by other chemicals.

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Cited Authors

  • Chen, P-L; Shih, S-R; Wang, P-W; Lin, Y-C; Chu, C-C; Lin, J-H; Chen, S-C; Chang, C-C; Huang, T-S; Tsai, KS; Tseng, F-Y; Wang, C-Y; Lu, J-Y; Chiu, W-Y; Chang, C-C; Chen, Y-H; Chen, Y-T; Fann, CS-J; Yang, W-S; Chang, T-C

Published Date

  • July 7, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 /

Start / End Page

  • 7633 -

PubMed ID

  • 26151496

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4506516

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2041-1723

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/ncomms8633


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England