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The SERPINE2 Gene Is Associated with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

 
  January, 31 2006 9:20
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a complex human disease likely influenced by multiple genes, cigarette smoking, and gene-by-smoking interactions, but only severe alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency is a proven genetic risk factor for COPD. Prior linkage analyses in the Boston Early-Onset COPD Study have demonstrated significant linkage to a key intermediate phenotype of COPD on chromosome 2q.

In a paper published in the February 2006 issue of American Journal of Human Molecular Genetics, DeMeo et al. integrated results from murine lung development and human COPD gene–expression microarray studies with human COPD linkage results on chromosome 2q to prioritize candidate-gene selection, thus identifying SERPINE2 as a positional candidate susceptibility gene for COPD. After the integration of murine and human microarray data to inform candidate-gene selection, they observed significant family-based association and independent replication of association in a case-control study, suggesting that SERPINE2 is a COPD-susceptibility gene and is likely influenced by gene-by-smoking interaction.

Author Contacts:

Dawn L. DeMeo
Channing Laboratory and Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard Medical School

Edwin K. Silverman
Channing Laboratory and Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard Medical School

Abstract available online.

(C) American Journal of Human Molecular Genetics.

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