Please cite this paper as: Association of UVRAG polymorphisms with susceptibility to non-segmental vitiligo in a Korean sample. Experimental Dermatology 2010; 19: e323–e325.
Abstract: Autoimmune, self-destructive, oxidative stress and genetic theories have been proposed for the pathogenesis of vitiligo. Autophagy is essential for cellular homeostasis and is implicated in many pathophysiological conditions such as cancer, response to oxidative stress and autoimmunity. The ultraviolet (UV) radiation resistance-associated gene (UVRAG) activates the Beclin1-PI(3)KC3 complex, promoting autophagy. To evaluate whether UVRAG polymorphisms are associated with non-segmental vitiligo (NSV) patients in a Korean sample, we conducted a case–control association study of 225 NSV patients and 439 matched healthy controls. A total of five single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of UVRAG were selected for analysis. Among these, two SNPs (rs1458836, rs7933235) showed significant genotypic differences between the NSV patient group and the control group. These two SNPs were located within a strong linkage disequilibrium (LD) block. In addition, the haplotype of the UVRAG polymorphism was associated with NSV. This study suggests a possible association between UVRAG and NSV susceptibility.