DNA methylation mapping identifies gene regulatory effects in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.

Imgenberg-Kreuz J, Carlsson Almlöf J, Leonard D, Alexsson A, Nordmark G, Eloranta ML, Rantapää-Dahlqvist S, Bengtsson AA, Jönsen A, Padyukov L, Gunnarsson I, Svenungsson E, Sjöwall C, Rönnblom L, Syvänen AC, Sandling JK

Ann. Rheum. Dis. 77 (5) 736-743 [2018-05-00; online 2018-02-01]

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune condition with heterogeneous presentation and complex aetiology where DNA methylation changes are emerging as a contributing factor. In order to discover novel epigenetic associations and investigate their relationship to genetic risk for SLE, we analysed DNA methylation profiles in a large collection of patients with SLE and healthy individuals. DNA extracted from blood from 548 patients with SLE and 587 healthy controls were analysed on the Illumina HumanMethylation 450 k BeadChip, which targets 485 000 CpG sites across the genome. Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotype data for 196 524 SNPs on the Illumina ImmunoChip from the same individuals were utilised for methylation quantitative trait loci ( We identified and replicated differentially methylated CpGs (DMCs) in SLE at 7245 CpG sites in the genome. The largest methylation differences were observed at type I interferon-regulated genes which exhibited decreased methylation in SLE. We mapped Our results suggest that several of the genetic risk variants for SLE may exert their influence on the phenotype through alteration of DNA methylation levels at regulatory regions of target genes.

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PubMed 29437559

DOI 10.1136/annrheumdis-2017-212379

Crossref 10.1136/annrheumdis-2017-212379

pii: annrheumdis-2017-212379
pmc: PMC5909746

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