The role of germline polymorphisms in the T-cell receptor in susceptibility to ankylosing spondylitis.
Brown MA., Rudwaleit M., Pile KD., Kennedy LG., Shatford J., Amos CI., Siminovitch K., Rubin L., Calin A., Wordsworth BP.
The role of germline polymorphisms of the T-cell receptor A/D and B loci in susceptibility to ankylosing spondylitis was investigated by linkage studies using microsatellite markers in 215 affected sibling pairs. The presence of a significant susceptibility gene (lambda > or = 1.6) at the TCRA/D locus was excluded (LOD score < -2.0). At the TCRB locus, there was weak evidence of the presence of a susceptibility gene (P = 0.01, LOD score 1.1). Further family studies will be required to determine whether this is a true or false-positive finding. It is unlikely that either the TCRA/D or TCRB loci contain genes responsible for more than a moderate proportion of the non-MHC genetic susceptibility to ankylosing spondylitis.