Polymorphisms in pattern-recognition genes in the innate immunity system and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Wei Hu, Bryan A. Bassig, Jun Xu, Tongzhang Zheng, Yawei Zhang, Sonja I. Berndt, Theodore R. Holford, H. Dean Hosgood, Brian Leaderer, Meredith Yeager, Idan Menashe, Peter Boyle, Kaiyong Zou, Yong Zhu, Stephen Chanock, Qing Lan, Nathaniel Rothman

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The pattern-recognition pathway plays an important role in infection recognition and immune responses, and previous studies have suggested an association between genetic variation in innate immunity genes and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). We evaluated NHL risk associated with genetic variation in pattern-recognition genes using data from a case-control study of NHL conducted in Connecticut women. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 27 pattern-recognition genes were genotyped in 432 Caucasian incident NHL cases and 494 frequency-matched controls. Unconditional logistic regression was used to compute odds ratios (ORs) for NHL and common NHL subtypes in relation to individual SNPs and haplotypes. A gene-based analysis that adjusted for the number of tagSNPs genotyped in each gene showed a significant association with overall NHL for the MBP gene (P = 0.028), with the diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) subtype for the MASP2 gene (P = 0.011), and with the follicular lymphoma (FL) subtype for DEFB126 (P = 0.041). A SNP-based analysis showed that MBP rs8094402 was associated with decreased risks of overall NHL (allele risk OR = 0.72, P-trend = 0.0018), DLBCL (allele risk OR = 0.72, P-trend = 0.036), and FL (allele risk OR = 0.67, P-trend = 0.021), while MASP2 rs12711521 was associated with a decreased risk of DLBCL (allele risk OR = 0.57, P-trend = 0.0042). We also observed an increased risk of FL for DEFB126 rs6054706 (allele risk OR = 1.39, P-trend = 0.033). Our results suggest that genetic variation in pattern-recognition genes is associated with the risk of NHL or specific NHL subtypes, but these preliminary findings require replication in larger studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-77
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Innate immunity
  • MASP2
  • MBP
  • NHL
  • Pattern recognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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