Genome-wide SNP associations with rubella-specific cytokine responses in measles-mumps-rubella vaccine recipients

Immunogenetics. 2014 Aug;66(7-8):493-9. doi: 10.1007/s00251-014-0776-3. Epub 2014 May 9.


Genetic polymorphisms are known to affect responses to both viral infection and vaccination. Our previous work has described genetic polymorphisms significantly associated with variations in immune response to rubella vaccine from multiple gene families with known immune function, including HLA, cytokine and cytokine receptor genes, and in genes controlling innate and adaptive immunity. In this study, we assessed cellular immune responses (IFNγ and IL-6) in a cohort of healthy younger individuals and performed genome-wide SNP analysis on these same individuals. Here, we report the first genome-wide association study focused on immune responses following rubella vaccination. Our results indicate that rs16928280 in protein tyrosine phosphatase delta (PTPRD) and a collection of SNPs in ACO1 (encoding an iron regulatory protein) are associated with interindividual variations in IFNγ response to rubella virus stimulation. In contrast, we did not identify any significant genetic associations with rubella-specific IL-6 response. These genetic regions may influence rubella vaccine-induced IFNγ responses and warrant further studies in additional cohorts in order to confirm these findings.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adaptive Immunity / genetics
  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Cohort Studies
  • Cytokines / biosynthesis*
  • Female
  • Genome-Wide Association Study
  • Humans
  • Immunogenetic Phenomena
  • Interferon-gamma / biosynthesis
  • Interleukin-6 / biosynthesis
  • Iron Regulatory Protein 1 / genetics
  • Male
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine / immunology*
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide*
  • Receptor-Like Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases, Class 2 / genetics
  • Rubella virus / immunology*
  • Young Adult


  • Cytokines
  • IL6 protein, human
  • Interleukin-6
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine
  • Interferon-gamma
  • PTPRD protein, human
  • Receptor-Like Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases, Class 2
  • Iron Regulatory Protein 1