Research Article

Whole Exome Sequencing Identified Two Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms of Human Leukocyte Antigen-DRB5 in Familial Sarcoidosis in China

Author(s): Qian Zhang, Zuojun Xu*, Hui Huang and Meijun Zhang

Volume 23, Issue 3, 2023

Published on: 21 February, 2023

Page: [215 - 227] Pages: 13

DOI: 10.2174/1566523223666230119143501

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Background: Sarcoidosis is a multisystem granulomatous disorder whose etiology is related to genetic and immunological factors. Familial aggregation and ethnic prevalence suggest a genetic predisposition and inherited susceptibility to sarcoidosis.

Objective: This study aimed to identify suspected risk loci for familial sarcoidosis patients.

Methods: We conducted whole exome sequencing on two sarcoidosis patients and five healthy family members in a Chinese family for a case-control study. The two sarcoidosis patients were siblings who showed chronic disease.

Results: The Gene Ontology results showed single nucleotide polymorphisms in three genes, including human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DRB1, HLA-DRB5, and KIR2DL4, associated with both ‘antigen processing and presentation’ and ‘regulation of immune response.’ Sanger sequencing verified two nonsynonymous mutations in HLA-DRB5 (rs696318 and rs115817940) located on 6p21.3 in the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II beta 1 region. The structural model simulated on Prot- Param protein analysis by the Expert Protein Analysis System predicted that the hydropathy index changed at two mutation sites (rs696318: p.F96L, -1.844 to -1.656 and rs115817940: p.T106N, -0.322 to -0.633), which indicated the probability of changes in peptide-binding selectivity.

Conclusion: Our results indicated that two nonsynonymous mutations of HLA-DRB5 have been identified in two sarcoidosis siblings, while their healthy family members do not have the mutations. The two HLA-DRB5 alleles may influence genetic susceptibility and chronic disease progression through peptide mutations on the MHC class II molecule among the two affected family members.

Keywords: Familial sarcoidosis, HLA-DRB5, whole exome sequencing, HLA-DRB1, peptide binding, MHC class II.

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