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Replication of KIF21B as a susceptibility locus for multiple sclerosis


Background Knowledge of genetic susceptibility to autoimmune disorders is growing exponentially. One of the messages emerging from these data is the growing overlap in genetic susceptibility to different autoimmune disorders. KIF21B is a member of the kinesin superfamily and was recently established as a susceptibility locus for inflammatory bowel disease and for multiple sclerosis.

Results We here replicate the association with multiple sclerosis in a Belgian study population of 791 patients and 1098 controls.

Conclusion As SNPs in KIF21B increase risk for both inflammatory bowel disease and multiple sclerosis, this suggests a common pathway in the pathogenesis of these diseases.

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • association
  • genetics
  • autoimmune disease
  • kinesin

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