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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(3), 4476-4497; doi:10.3390/ijms14034476

From Identification to Characterization of the Multiple Sclerosis Susceptibility Gene CLEC16A

1,2,* , 1,2,3
1 Department of Neurology, Oslo University Hospital, Ullevål, Oslo 0407, Norway 2 Department of Anatomy, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo, Oslo 0317, Norway 3 Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo 0450, Norway
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Received: 16 January 2013 / Revised: 5 February 2013 / Accepted: 15 February 2013 / Published: 25 February 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in the Research of Multiple Sclerosis)
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory, demyelinating disorder of the central nervous system that develops in genetically susceptible individuals, probably triggered by common environmental factors. Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) loci were early shown to confer the strongest genetic associations in MS. Now, more than 50 non-HLA MS susceptibility loci are identified, of which the majority are located in immune-regulatory genes. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the C-type lectin-like domain family 16A (CLEC16A) gene were among the first non-HLA genetic variants that were confirmed to be associated with MS. Fine-mapping has indicated a primary association in MS and also other autoimmune diseases to intronic CLEC16A SNPs. Here, we review the identification of MS susceptibility variants in the CLEC16A gene region, functional studies of the CLEC16A molecule and the recent progress in understanding the implications thereof for MS development. This may serve as an example of the importance for further molecular investigation of the loci identified in genetic studies, with the aim to translate this knowledge into the clinic.
Keywords: autoimmunity; multiple sclerosis; CLEC16A; SOCS1; DEXI; CIITA autoimmunity; multiple sclerosis; CLEC16A; SOCS1; DEXI; CIITA
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Berge, T.; Leikfoss, I.S.; Harbo, H.F. From Identification to Characterization of the Multiple Sclerosis Susceptibility Gene CLEC16A. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14, 4476-4497.

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