Presenter: Robert Clancy, PhD; Co-authors: Jill P. Buyon, MD; Nathalie Costedoat-Chalumeau, MD, PhD; Antonio Brucato, MD; Kateri Levesque, FRCP(C), FRCPC, MD; Vronique Ramoni, MD; Miranda C. Marion, MA; Mary Comeau, MA; Satria Sajuthi, MS; Paula S. Ramos, PhD; Robert P. Kimberly, MD; Timothy D. Howard, PhD; Carl D. Langefeld, PhD
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 11:15A PDT
Fetuses of mothers who are otherwise healthy, or suffer from a rheumatic disease but have autoantibodies to SSA/Ro, are at risk for having permanent heart damage which may be fatal or require lifelong pacing. Prior genetic studies, as well as bench research, highlight injury secondary to an excessive immune response. The goal of this study was to determine the role of the genetic composition of the fetus while accounting for the maternal autoimmune disease load. An immunochip platform and association study were performed using subjects from an international cohort of US, France and Italy. The results yielded a panel of confirmed and newly identified risk genes. These genetic building blocks represent important milestones towards clarifying the mechanism by which these autoantibodies cause cardiac scarring a critical component to treatment/prevention strategies.
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NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine