Genetic background of autoimmune hepatitis in Japan.

Summary of "Genetic background of autoimmune hepatitis in Japan."

Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is an organ-specific autoimmune disease characterized by chronic inflammation of the liver. Several studies from ethnically different countries have clarified that the genetic predisposition to type 1 AIH is linked mainly to human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-class II genes. Recently, molecular analysis using polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based DNA typing has revealed that susceptibility to type 1 AIH is primarily associated with the HLA class II DRB1 locus, which encodes a polymorphic β chain of the HLA-DR antigen. However, additional susceptibility genes (either HLA or non-HLA) and/or environmental factors may also contribute to the development of type 1 AIH; in Japanese type 1 AIH patients, although the most influential gene in disease susceptibility is HLA-DRB1*04:05, several other genes have been identified as being involved in AIH pathogenesis or resistance and are the currently the focus of single nucleotide polymorphism analysis.


Department of Medicine, Shinshu University School of Medicine, 3-1-1 Asahi, Matsumoto, 390-8621, Japan,

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Name: Journal of gastroenterology
ISSN: 1435-5922


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