Jane I. Grove, Mark Austin, Jeremy Tibble, Guruprasad P. Aithal, Sumita Verma
Multiple genetic and environmental factors interact to determine an individuals predisposition to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and its phenotypic characteristics. Association studies have found a number of alleles associated with the development of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. Our aim was to investigate whether multiple risk-associated alleles may be present in affected monozygotic twins, indicating underlying genetic predisposition to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. We determined the genotype of 14 candidate gene polymorphisms (at 11 unlinked loci) in a set of monozygotic twins who presented with cirrhosis within 18 months of each other. Genotyping revealed multiple single nucleotide polymorphisms at 9 independent loci in genes PNPLA3, APOC3, GCKR, TRIB1, LYPLAL1, PPP1R3B, COL13A1, and EFCAB4B, previously implicated in contributing to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis pathogenesis. In conclusion, this case series illustrates the potential cumulative effect of multiple polymorphisms in the development and potential progression of a complex trait such as NASH cirrhosis.
Key words. PNPLA3, Genotype, NAFLD