Rheumatology International

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 1–5 | Cite as

Cyclooxygenase-2 polymorphisms and risk of systemic lupus erythematosus in Koreans

  • Min-Young Her
  • Ahmed El-Sohemy
  • Marilyn C. Cornelis
  • Tae-Hwan Kim
  • Sang-Cheol BaeEmail author
Original Article


Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) is a key regulatory enzyme in the synthesis of prostanoids associated with trauma and inflammation. Upregulation of COX-2 in human lupus T cells resists anergy and apotosis. We investigated the COX-2 gene for functional variants that may influence susceptibility, clinical outcomes and severity of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in a Korean population. The study included 345 patients with SLE and 400 unrelated healthy controls. Genotyping for the −765G → C polymorphism of COX-2 was performed by PCR–RFLP analysis. No difference in the distribution of the genotype frequencies between patients and controls was found. COX-2 genotypes were not associated with clinical features except hematologic abnormalities and anti-RNP antibody. We did not detect any association between COX-2 genotype and disease severity in SLE patients. These results suggest that the −765G → C polymorphism of COX-2 does not play a significant role in the development of SLE in a Korean population. A possible protective effect of the low activity C allele against the production of anti-RNP antibodies merits further investigation.


Cyclooxygenase -2 Systemic lupus erythematosus Polymorphism 



This work was supported in part by a grant of the Korea Health 21 R&D Project, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea (01-PJ3-PG6-01GN11-0002). We gratefully acknowledge Young-Hi Lee and Eun-Kyoung Ju for data collection and management and Jung-Ah Kim for DNA preparation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Min-Young Her
    • 1
  • Ahmed El-Sohemy
    • 2
  • Marilyn C. Cornelis
    • 2
  • Tae-Hwan Kim
    • 1
  • Sang-Cheol Bae
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, The Hospital for Rheumatic DiseasesHanyang University Medical CenterSeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Nutritional SciencesUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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