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Positional identification of Ncf1 as a gene that regulates arthritis severity in rats.

The identification of genes underlying quantitative-trait loci (QTL) for complex diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, is a challenging and difficult task for the human genome project. Through positional cloning of the Pia4 QTL in rats, we found that a naturally occurring polymorphism of Ncf1 (encoding neutrophil cytosolic factor 1, a component of the NADPH oxidase complex) regulates arthritis severity. The disease-related allele of Ncf1 has reduced oxidative burst response and promotes activation of arthritogenic T cells. Pharmacological treatment with substances that activate the NADPH oxidase complex is shown to ameliorate arthritis. Hence, Ncf1 is associated with a new autoimmune mechanism leading to severe destructive arthritis, notably similar to rheumatoid arthritis in humans.[1]


  1. Positional identification of Ncf1 as a gene that regulates arthritis severity in rats. Olofsson, P., Holmberg, J., Tordsson, J., Lu, S., Akerström, B., Holmdahl, R. Nat. Genet. (2003) [Pubmed]
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