Relationship between the IL12B (rs3212227) gene polymorphism and susceptibility to multiple autoimmune diseases: A meta-analysis.

Research paper by Jun J Li, Chao C Zhang, Jie-Bing JB Wang, Shuang-Shuang SS Chen, Tian-Ping TP Zhang, Si S Li, Hai-Feng HF Pan, Dong-Qing DQ Ye

Indexed on: 27 Feb '16Published on: 27 Feb '16Published in: Modern Rheumatology


The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether a single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) IL12B 3(')UTR +1188A/C (rs3212227) confers susceptibility to several autoimmune diseases.A systematic literature search was conducted to identify relevant studies. Pooled odds ratio (OR) with 95% confidence interval (CI) was used to estimate the strength of association.Twenty-five studies were included in the meta-analysis, which contained 9794 cases and 11,330 controls. Our result indicated that IL12B +1188A/C (rs3212227) polymorphism was associated with type-1 diabetes (T1D) in the dominant model (p = 0.008), and an increased risk was found in East Asians in the dominant model (p < 0.001). East Asians rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients seemed to be at risk of allelic model (p = 0.011). As to Behcet's disease (BD), there was a risk in dominant model (p = 0.020) and positive associations of dominant model, allelic model in East Asians (p = 0.009; p < 0.001, respectively). But we failed to find any association between IL12B +1188A/C (rs3212227) polymorphism with Graves' disease (GD) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS).The present study suggests that the IL12B +1188A/C (rs3212227) polymorphism might be associated with genetic susceptibility to autoimmune diseases, such as T1D, RA, BD, but not GD and AS.