We screened for mutations of the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) gene in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a typical autoimmune disease. Polymerase chain reaction-single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis (PCR-SSCP) revealed a single mutation in exon 9 of the GR gene in 11/132 (8.3%) among 66 patients with SLE. No mutations were detected in 52 healthy individuals (0/104, 0.0%), but the same mutation was detected in other autoimmne diseases (4/108, 3.7%). DNA sequencing showed a T to C substitution at codon 766 (position 2430) of the GR gene, which does not alter the amino acid sequence of the GR. Further analysis using a LightCycler generated different melting curves indicates that the pattern with this mutation is different from that of wild type. The identified mutation of the GR gene may represent a polymorphism associated with SLE.
- Glucocorticoid receptor (GR)
- Polymerase chain reaction-single-strand conformation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP)
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)