Pooled analysis of the HLA-DRB1 by smoking interaction in Parkinson disease

Ann Neurol. 2017 Nov;82(5):655-664. doi: 10.1002/ana.25065. Epub 2017 Oct 26.


Objective: Inflammatory response plays an important role in Parkinson disease (PD). Previous studies have reported an association between human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DRB1 and the risk of PD. There has also been growing interest in investigating whether inflammation-related genes interact with environmental factors such as smoking to influence PD risk. We performed a pooled analysis of the interaction between HLA-DRB1 and smoking in PD in 3 population-based case-control studies from Denmark and France.

Methods: We included 2,056 cases and 2,723 controls from 3 PD studies (Denmark, France) that obtained information on smoking through interviews. Genotyping of the rs660895 polymorphism in the HLA-DRB1 region was based on saliva or blood DNA samples. To assess interactions, we used logistic regression with product terms between rs660895 and smoking. We performed random-effects meta-analysis of marginal associations and interactions.

Results: Both carrying rs660895-G (AG vs AA: odds ratio [OR] = 0.81; GG vs AA: OR = 0.56; p-trend = 0.003) and ever smoking (OR = 0.56, p < 0.001) were inversely associated with PD. A multiplicative interaction was observed between rs660895 and smoking using codominant, additive (interaction parameter = 1.37, p = 0.005), and dominant (interaction parameter = 1.54, p = 0.001) genetic models without any heterogeneity (I² = 0.0%); the inverse association of rs660895-(AG+GG) with PD seen in never smokers (OR = 0.64, p < 0.001) disappeared among ever smokers (OR = 1.00, p = 0.99). Similar interactions were observed when we investigated light and heavy smokers separately.

Interpretation: Our study provides the first evidence that smoking modifies the previously reported inverse association of rs660895-G with PD, and suggests that smoking and HLA-DRB1 are involved in common pathways, possibly related to neuroinflammation. Ann Neurol 2017;82:655-664.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Female
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease / genetics*
  • Genotype
  • HLA-DRB1 Chains / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Models, Genetic
  • Parkinson Disease / genetics*
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide / genetics
  • Smoking / genetics*


  • HLA-DRB1 Chains