Sequence-based typing of HLA-A gene in 930 patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma in Hunan province, southern China

W. Tian, F. M. Zhu, W. Y. Wang, J. H. Cai, W. Zhang, L. X. Li, K. L. Liu, H. K. Jin, F. Wang

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In this study, we typed 930 cases of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) and 1134 normal controls recruited from Hunan province, southern China for human leukocyte antigen-A (HLA-A) locus by sequencing exons 2-4. Very significant associations between HLA-A*02:07, HLA-A*11:01 and NPC were established [25.7% vs 16.18%; odds ratio, OR (95% confidence interval, CI) = 1.79 (1.54-2.09), P < 0.0001 and 21.1% vs 30.42%, OR (95% CI) = 0.61 (0.53-0.70), P<0.0001, respectively]. Further analysis of the molecular basis underlying these associations suggests that cysteine (C) at codon 99 of α2-helix of HLA-A protein is probably deleterious and confers risk to NPC. Convincing evidence was uncovered for negative association of a rare allele in southern Chinese populations, HLA-A*31:01, with NPC [0.22% vs 2.12%, OR (95% CI) = 0.1 (0.04-0.28), P < 0.0001]. rs1059449-A, which encodes arginine (R) at codon 56 of α1-helix of HLA-A protein, was postulated to be crucial for such a pattern of negative association with NPC. A subset of NPC cases (N = 632) and normal controls (N=712) were tested for anti-virus capsid antigen (anti-VCA) immunoglobulin A (IgA), very significant difference in seropositivity for anti-VCA IgA was observed between the two groups [67.56% vs 6.46%, OR (95% CI) = 30.16 (21.42-42.46), P < 0.0001]. However, seropositivity for anti-VCA IgA did not correlate with HLA-A allelic typing in both groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-20
Number of pages6
JournalTissue Antigens
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Association
  • Human leukocyte antigen-A
  • Nasopharyngeal carcinoma
  • Sequence-based typing
  • Southern Chinese population


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