Association of vitamin D binding protein polymorphism with long-term kidney allograft survival in Hispanic kidney transplant recipients

Don Vu, Prashant Sakharkar, Eglis Tellez-Corrales, Tariq Shah, Ian Hutchinson, David I Min
Molecular Biology Reports 2013, 40 (2): 933-9
Polymorphism of genes encoding components of the vitamin D pathway including vitamin D receptor (VDR) and vitamin D binding protein (VDBP), have been widely explored due to the complex role played by vitamin D in renal transplant outcomes. In this study, we investigated whether polymorphisms of genes encoding VDR and VDBP were associated with allograft survival or acute rejection (AR) among a Hispanic kidney transplant population. A total of 502 Hispanic renal allograft recipients at the St. Vincent Medical Center between 2001 and 2010 were genotyped for four different single nucleotide polymorphisms of VDR: FokI C>T (rs2228570), BsmI G>A (rs1544410), ApaI T>G (rs7975232), and TaqI T>C (rs731236). We also performed genotyping for one common polymorphism in the VDBP gene (rs4588). Survival was significantly improved for patients who were homozygous GG for the rs4588 G>T allele in the VDBP gene (GG vs. GT + TT, OR = 0.63, p = 0.02) while GT genotype was associated with a higher risk of graft loss (GT vs. GG + TT, OR = 1.67, p = 0.01). We found no association for polymorphic markers in VDR with allograft survival and AR. The frequency of the haplotype GTCG (in the order of VDR FokI C>T, BsmI G>A, ApaI T>G, and TaqI T>C), was significantly different in the patients with graft rejection compared to the control (p = 0.007) while ACCA haplotype was found to be associated with graft loss (p = 0.02). Hence, the VDBP G>T polymorphism (rs4588) and two haplotypes (GTCG and ACCA) of VDR appear to be associated with renal allograft outcomes among Hispanic allograft recipients.

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