HLA-DRB1*0102 is associated with TINU syndrome and bilateral, sudden-onset anterior uveitis but not with interstitial nephritis alone

Friederike Mackensen, F. David, V. Schwenger, L. K. Smith, R. Rajalingam, R. D. Levinson, C. R. Austin, D. Houghton, T. M. Martin, J. T. Rosenbaum

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Background: Tubulointerstitial nephritis and uveitis (TINU) syndrome is a rare form of uveitis. Previously, the authors had demonstrated a strong association of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) DRB1*0102 with TINU. Here, the authors performed HLA analysis on subjects with isolated bilateral sudden-onset uveitis (as in the TINU subtype) or with isolated tubulointerstitial nephritis (TIN). Methods: Patients with sudden onset, anterior, bilateral uveitis not fulfilling a diagnosis of TINU were identified. Pathology reports were reviewed to identify subjects with biopsy-proven TIN. Molecular typing of the HLA-DRB1 gene was performed by the Luminex technology-based sequence-specific oligonucleotide (SSO) hybridisation method (One Lambda, Canoga Park, California). HLA-DRB1 allele frequencies were compared with normal published controls (http://www.ncbi.nlm. nih.gov/projects/gv/mhc/ ihwg.cgi dbMHC Europe cohort) and the published TINU cohort (n=18). Results: The authors included 28 subjects with uveitis and 14 with TIN. There was a significantly higher frequency of DRB1*0102 in the isolated uveitis cohort versus in normal controls (10.7% vs 0.6%, respectively, p<0.0001; RR 14.3 (6.9-29.8)). None of the nephritis patients showed this HLA subtype. Another association with HLA-DRB1*08 was seen in the isolated uveitis cohort with an allele frequency of 10.7% versus 2.7% in normal controls (p=0.0019; RR 4.0 (1.8-9.0)). In contrast, the HLA-DRB1*08 was not different from controls in the TINU cohort (allele frequency 2.8%, p=not significant). Conclusion: The incidence of HLA-DRB1*0102 is increased in sudden-onset bilateral anterior uveitis, as seen in patients with TINU. The same allele does not appear to occur in increased frequency in patients with isolated TIN. HLA DRB1*0102 might predispose to this subset of uveitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)971-975
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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