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Title: Polymorphisms in genes involved in innate immunity and susceptibility to benzene-induced hematotoxicity.
Authors: Shen M,  Zhang L,  Lee KM,  Vermeulen R,  Hosgood HD,  Li G,  Yin S,  Rothman N,  Chanock S,  Smith MT,  Lan Q
Journal: Exp Mol Med
Date: 2011 Jun 30
Branches: CGR, LTG, OEEB
PubMed ID: 21540635
PMC ID: PMC3128916
Abstract: Benzene, a recognized hematotoxicant and carcinogen, can damage the human immune system. We studied the association between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes involved in innate immunity and benzene hematotoxicity in a cross-sectional study of workers exposed to benzene (250 workers and 140 controls). A total of 1,236 tag SNPs in 149 gene regions of six pathways were included in the analysis. Six gene regions were significant for their association with white blood cell (WBC) counts (MBP, VCAM1, ALOX5, MPO, RAC2, and CRP) based on gene-region (P<0.05) and SNP analyses (FDR<0.05). VCAM1 rs3176867, ALOX5 rs7099684, and MPO rs2071409 were the three most significant SNPs. They showed similar effects on WBC subtypes, especially granulocytes, lymphocytes, and monocytes. A 3-SNP block in ALOXE3 (rs7215658, rs9892383, and rs3027208) showed a global association (omnibus P = 0.0008) with WBCs even though the three SNPs were not significant individually. Our study suggests that polymorphisms in innate immunity genes may play a role in benzene-induced hematotoxicity; however, independent replication is necessary.