Surfactant protein D is a candidate biomarker for subclinical tobacco smoke-induced lung damage

Sofie L Johansson, Qihua Tan, René Holst, Lene Christiansen, Niels C G Hansen, Allan T Hojland, Helle Wulf-Johansson, Anders Schlosser, Ingrid L Titlestad, Jørgen Vestbo, Uffe Holmskov, Kirsten O Kyvik, Grith L Sorensen

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    Variation in surfactant protein D (SP-D) is associated with lung function in tobacco smoke-induced chronic respiratory disease. We hypothesized that the same association exists in the general population and could be used to identify individuals sensitive to smoke-induced lung damage. The association between serum SP-D (sSP-D) and expiratory lung function was assessed in a cross-sectional design in a Danish twin population (n = 1,512, 18-72 yr old). The adjusted heritability estimates for expiratory lung function, associations between SP-D gene (SFTPD) single-nucleotide polymorphisms or haplotypes, and expiratory lung function were assessed using twin study methodology and mixed-effects models. Significant inverse associations were evident between sSP-D and the forced expiratory volume in 1 s and forced vital capacity in the presence of current tobacco smoking but not in nonsmokers. The two SFTPD single-nucleotide polymorphisms, rs1923536 and rs721917, and haplotypes, including these single-nucleotide polymorphisms or rs2243539, were inversely associated with expiratory lung function in interaction with smoking. In conclusion, SP-D is phenotypically and genetically associated with lung function measures in interaction with tobacco smoking. The obtained data suggest sSP-D as a candidate biomarker in risk assessments for subclinical tobacco smoke-induced lung damage. The data and derived conclusion warrant confirmation in a longitudinal population following chronic obstructive pulmonary disease initiation and development.

    Sider (fra-til)L887-95
    TidsskriftAmerican Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
    Udgave nummer9
    StatusUdgivet - 1 maj 2014


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