Surfactant protein-B 121ins2 heterozygosity, reduced pulmonary function, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in smokers

Marie Bækvad-Hansen, Morten Dahl, Anne Tybjærg-Hansen, Børge G. Nordestgaard

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    Abstract

    Rationale: Hereditary surfactant protein-B deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder that causes fatal respiratory distress syndrome in newborns. Seventy percent of the cases of hereditary surfactant protein-B deficiency are caused by homozygosity for the 121ins2 mutation in the surfactant protein-B gene. Individuals heterozygous for this mutation have partial absence of surfactant protein-B and could be at risk of lung disease when exposed to additional risk factors for impaired surfactant function such as tobacco smoking. Objectives: To test whether individuals heterozygous for the 121ins2 mutation have reduced lung function and increased risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among smokers. Methods: We genotyped 47,600 individuals from the adult Danish general population and recorded smoking habits, spirometry, and hospital admissions due to COPD. The study and findings are limited to Danes/Europeans. Measurements and Main Results:We identified 85 individuals heterozygous for the 121ins2 mutation. Smoking interacted statistically with the 121ins2 genotype in predicting FEV1 % predicted (P = 0.006), FVC % predicted (P= 0.02) and FEV1/FVC (P = 0.002), indicating that the effect of genotype differ by smoking status. Among smokers, 121ins2 heterozygous individuals had 9% reduced FEV1% predicted (P = 0.0008), 6% reduced FVC % predicted (P = 0.01) and 6% reduced FEV1/FVC (P=0.00007), compared with wildtypes. Also among smokers, 121ins2 heterozygous individuals had odds ratios of 2.4 (95% CI, 1.2-4.8) for spirometry-defined COPD and 2.2 (1.0-5.1) for hospitalization due to COPD. Among neversmokers, 121ins2 heterozygous individuals did not differ from wildtypes in lung function or risk of COPD. Conclusions: Surfactant protein-B 121ins2 heterozygosity is associated with reduced lung function and increased risk for COPD among smokers.

    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    Sider (fra-til)17-20
    Antal sider4
    TidsskriftAmerican Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
    Vol/bind181
    Udgave nummer1
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 1 jan. 2010

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