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Study of polymorphisms in the interleukin-4 and IL-4 receptor genes in a population of Brazilian patients with multiple sclerosis

DOI: 10.1590/S0004-282X2007000100005

Keywords: multiple sclerosis, interleukin-4, il-4 receptor, single nucleotide polymorphism, ethnicity.

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this study aimed to investigate in a population of brazilian patients with multiple sclerosis (ms) single-nucleotide polymorphisms (snp) in the promoter region of il4 (*33c-t) and receptor il4r (*q551r a-g) genes proposed to interfere with disease progression. no significant differences were observed in either of the snps investigated between healthy controls (n=135) and ms patients (n=129). however, the il4+33 tt genotype was significantly (p=0.039) higher in african descendants ms (af-ms= 9.09%) than in caucasian ms (ca-ms= 1.35%). it was also observed a significant (p=0.016) increase for the il4r* q551r cc genotype in af-ms compared to those of caucasian ethnicity (af-ms= 21.62%; ca-ms= 4.35%). these results suggest that il4+33 and il4r*q551 polymorphisms may have a disease-promoting role of th2 mediators in african ms descendants. additionally neither il4 nor il4r genes are susceptibility factors for brazilian ms but may be able to modify ethnicity-dependent disease risk and penetrance of susceptibility factors.


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