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Recent case-control studies show associations of the minor T allele (of the C1858T single-nucleotide polymorphism corresponding to the R620W amino acid substitution) of PTPN22 with multiple autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We performed family-based association studies of this polymorphism in 4 independent cohorts containing SLE patients and their parents and/or other family members.A total of 2,689 individuals from 902 independent Caucasian families with SLE were genotyped using polymerase chain reaction pyrosequencing (cohorts 1 and 2) and the Sequenom MassArray system (cohorts 3 and 4). The transmission disequilibrium test (TDT) and the pedigree disequilibrium test (PDT) were conducted to assess the evidence of association.The 1858 C > T allele frequencies of the parents showed no deviation from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium within each cohort. No evidence of preferential transmission of the T allele from heterozygous parents to their affected offspring was observed in each of the 4 cohorts or in the combined sample. Consistent with the TDT result, the PDT analysis revealed no significant association between the T allele and SLE. In 54 of the 661 SLE patients (cohorts 1 and 3) with documented autoimmune thyroid disease, the T allele frequency was higher than in individuals with SLE alone (16.7% versus 8.5%; P = 0.008, odds ratio 2.16 [95% confidence interval 1.25-3.72]).The R620W polymorphism of the PTPN22 gene is not a major risk allele for SLE susceptibility in our sample of Caucasian individuals from northern America, the UK, or Finland, but it appears to be a risk factor for the concurrent autoimmune diseases of autoimmune thyroid disease and SLE.

Original publication




Journal article


Arthritis and rheumatism

Publication Date





2396 - 2402


David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, 90095, USA.


Humans, Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic, Thyroid Diseases, Autoimmune Diseases, Genetic Predisposition to Disease, Arginine, Tryptophan, Cohort Studies, Gene Frequency, Polymorphism, Genetic, European Continental Ancestry Group, Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases, Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase, Non-Receptor Type 22