Monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP)-1 -2518 A/G SNP in Chinese Han patients with VKH syndrome

Mol Vis. 2009 Aug 8;15:1537-41.


Purpose: Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada (VKH) syndrome is an autoimmune disease. The monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) gene has been implicated in the pathogenesis of certain autoimmune diseases. The aim of this study was to examine whether a MCP-1 polymorphism was associated with VKH syndrome.

Methods: A case-control analysis was performed using genomic DNA samples from 307 VKH patients and 319 age-, sex-, and ethnically-matched healthy controls. The MCP-1 polymorphism at the -2518 A/G locus was genotyped using polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) assay.

Results: The distribution of genotypic frequency of the MCP-1 -2518 A/G polymorphism in all subjects did not deviate from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE; p>0.05). Allelic and genotypic frequency analysis revealed no significant difference between VKH patients and healthy controls for the MCP-1 -2518 A/G polymorphism (p>0.05). No significant differences were found according to gender and neither was found according to extraocular findings including neck stiffness, tinnitus, alopecia, poliosis, dysacusia, scalp hypersensitivity, and vitiligo.

Conclusions: The result suggests that the susceptibility to VKH syndrome in Chinese Han patients may be not influenced by the MCP-1 -2518 A/G polymorphism.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Asians / genetics*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Chemokine CCL2 / genetics*
  • China
  • Female
  • Gene Frequency
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide / genetics*
  • Uveomeningoencephalitic Syndrome / genetics*


  • CCL2 protein, human
  • Chemokine CCL2