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Combined effects of smoking, anti-EBNA antibodies, and HLA-DRB1*1501 on multiple sclerosis risk
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2010 (English)In: Neurology, ISSN 0028-3878, E-ISSN 1526-632X, Vol. 74, no 17, 1365-1371 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective: To examine the interplay between smoking, serum antibody titers to the Epstein-Barr virus nuclear antigens (anti-EBNA), and HLA-DR15 on multiple sclerosis (MS) risk. Methods: Individual and pooled analyses were conducted among 442 cases and 865 controls from 3 MS case-control studies-a nested case-control study in the Nurses' Health Study/Nurses' Health Study II, the Tasmanian MS Study, and a Swedish MS Study. Conditional logistic regression models were used to calculate odds ratios (ORs) and 95% CIs for the association between smoking, anti-EBNA titers, HLA-DR15, and MS risk. Study estimates were pooled using inverse variance weights to determine a combined effect and p value. Results: Among MS cases, anti-EBNA titers were significantly higher in ever smokers compared to never smokers. The increased risk of MS associated with high anti-EBNA Ab titers was stronger among ever smokers (OR = 3.9, 95% CI = 2.7-5.7) compared to never smokers (OR = 1.8, 95% CI = 1.4-2.3; p for interaction = 0.001). The increased risk of MS associated with a history of smoking was no longer evident after adjustment for anti-EBNA Ab titers. No modification or confounding by HLA-DR15 was observed. The increased risk of MS associated with ever smoking was only observed among those who had high anti-EBNA titers (OR = 1.7, 95% CI = 1.1-2.6). Conclusions: Smoking appears to enhance the association between high anti-EBNA titer and increased multiple sclerosis (MS) risk. The association between HLA-DR15 and MS risk is independent of smoking. Further work is necessary to elucidate possible biologic mechanisms to explain this finding

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2010. Vol. 74, no 17, 1365-1371 p.
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epstein-barr-virus, membrane-protein 1, hodgkin lymphoma, cigarette-smoking, immune-response, jnk pathway, t-cells, activation, infection, exposure
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-42417DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3181dad57eISI: 000277057200007PubMedID: 20375311OAI: diva2:409214
Available from: 2011-04-07 Created: 2011-04-07 Last updated: 2015-10-12Bibliographically approved

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