Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

OBJECTIVE: To reproduce findings from previous reports that non-inherited maternal HLA class II antigens might contribute to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) susceptibility in the offspring. METHODS: Families were recruited from the Arthritis and Rheumatism Council's National Repository of RA families and HLA-DRB1 alleles were examined in these individuals and their first degree relatives using DNA typing methods. RESULTS: There was no evidence of an increase in either non-inherited maternal HLA-DR4 or the HLA-DRB1 shared epitope as a whole compared with the frequency expected using the non-inherited paternal antigens as controls. CONCLUSIONS: The numbers of probands who were shared epitope negative were small, but we are unable to confirm in these families the findings that non-inherited maternal HLA contributes an additional susceptibility factor to rheumatoid arthritis.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/ard.54.4.311

Type

Journal article

Journal

Annals of the rheumatic diseases

Publication Date

04/1995

Volume

54

Pages

311 - 313

Addresses

ARC Epidemiology Research Unit, University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

Keywords

Humans, Arthritis, Rheumatoid, Disease Susceptibility, HLA-DR Antigens, HLA-DR4 Antigen, Mothers, Alleles, Female, Male