Indexed on: 31 Jul '13Published on: 31 Jul '13Published in: Clinical Biochemistry
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and integrative genomics approaches have demonstrated significant associations between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and FAM13A polymorphisms in non-Asian populations. The aim of this study was to investigate whether FAM13A polymorphisms would be associated with COPD susceptibility and COPD-related phenotypes in a Chinese Han population.Seven single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (rs7671167, rs10007590, rs2869966, rs2869967, rs2045517, rs1903003, rs6830970) in FAM13A gene were genotyped in a case-control study (680 COPD patients and 687 controls). Allele frequencies and genotype distributions were compared between patients and controls. To estimate the strength of association, odds ratios (OR) (with 95% CI) were calculated and potential confounding variables were tested by using logistic regression analysis.Statistical analysis revealed that SNP rs7671167 was associated with COPD in former smokers with adjusted P-value of 0.026. Five SNPs (rs7671167, rs2869966, rs2869967, rs2045517, and rs6830970) were associated with FEV1/FVC ratio in the entire cohort and rs6830970 was associated with FEV1/FVC ratio in COPD cases (P range 0.003-0.034). Borderline associations with FEV1/FVC ratio were found for rs2869966, rs2869967 and rs2045517 among cases (P=0.05). Six SNPs (rs7671167, rs2869966, rs2869967, rs2045517, rs1903003, rs6830970) showed strong linkage disequilibrium (r(2) ≥ 0.9). Four major haplotypes were observed but showed no significant difference between case and control groups (P=0.2356, 0.1273, 0.6266 and 0.3006 respectively).The current study suggests that the FAM13A locus might be a contributor to COPD susceptibility in Chinese Han population.