, Volume 35, Issue 5, pp 419–424 | Cite as

Genetic analysis of HLA class II alleles and susceptibility to Type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes mellitus in Japanese subjects

  • T. Awatal
  • T. Kuzuyal
  • A. Matsuda
  • Y. Iwamoto
  • Y. Kanazawa


Although HLA-DQB1 alleles encoding aspartic acid at position 57 (Asp-57) are protective against Type 1(insulin-dependent) diabetes mellitus in Caucasians, most Japanese Type 1 diabetic patients carry at least one Asp-57 DQB1 allele. We analysed the DRB1, DQA1 and DQB1 genes of 99 Japanese patients and 86 control subjects with polymerase chain reaction and sequence-specific oligonucleotide hybridization. We found that (1) the DQA1*0301 allele was significantly increased in Type 1 diabetic patients (RR 7.8,pc < 0.0001); (2) the DRB1*0405 (Dw15) allele, which is a subtype of DR4 haplotype, was significantly increased in DR4-positive patients (RR 12.0,pc < 0.001); and (3) although the DRw8-DQw8 haplotype was positively associated with Type 1 diabetes, the DRBl*0406-DQw8 haplotype was decreased in the diabetic patients. These data indicate that DRB 1 and DQA1 genes also confer susceptibility to Type 1 diabetes in Japanese.

Key words

Human leucocyte antigen (HLA) gene susceptibility Type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes mellitus Japanese 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Awatal
    • 1
    • 3
  • T. Kuzuyal
    • 1
  • A. Matsuda
    • 1
  • Y. Iwamoto
    • 1
  • Y. Kanazawa
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Endocrinology and MetabolismJichi Medical SchoolTochigi
  2. 2.Omiya Medical Center, Jichi Medical SchoolOmiyaJapan
  3. 3.Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism Jichi Medical SchoolTochigi-kenJapan

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