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rs11190870 is not associated with severity of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in Japanese


We previously conducted a genome-wide association study for AIS susceptibility in Japanese and identified a SNP, rs11190870 near the LBX1 gene on chromosome 10q24.1 that showed significant association. The association is replicated in other populations of different ethnicities. However, it is controversial whether rs11190870 is also associated with severity of the scoliosis curve in AIS. To examine whether rs11190870 is associated with curve severity of AIS in Japanese, we investigated the association using 2,191 (2,068 female and 123 male) subjects.

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The subjects had been diagnosed with AIS between 10 and 18 years of age. Since AIS may progress until skeletal maturity, we only included subjects with the Risser sign of 4 or 5. The subject's Cobb's angle was the measurement at the last visit after skeletal maturity for non-operated subjects and at the last examination before surgery for operated subjects, respectively. We divided subjects into thoracic and lumber main curve. Because thoracic main curve is a common AIS curve type, we choose subjects with thoracic main curve from skeletal matured female. The association of the Cobb angle of skeletally matured subjects and their genotypes were evaluated. Kruskal-Wallis test was used to compare the Cobb's angle with the different genotypes. rs11190870 was genotyped using the PCR-based Invader assay.


The association of the Cobb angle of the subjects who reached skeletal maturity and their genotypes were evaluated. By the genotype, subjects were divided into TT, TC, CC groups; 673, 726, 157 in 1556 females, 444, 474, 103 in 1021 females with thoracic main curve and 41, 42, 5 in 88 males, respectively. Average Cobb's angle (S.D.) is 39.0 (15.4), 40.2 (16.4), 37.6 (14.6) in the female group, 40.7 (15.4), 41.7 (16.7), 40.9 (14.2) in the female with thoracic main curve group and 43.6 (16.4), 37.1 (14.0), 30.6 (13.1) in the male group, respectively. P value by Kruskal-Wallis is 0.20 in the female, 0.78 in the female with thoracic main curve and 0.07 in the male groups, respectively.


No association was found between rs11190870 and curve severity in any subgroup tested, although marginal association was found in the male group. The sample size is so small to conclude. Large-scale replication studies in other ethnic groups would be helpful to clarify the association.

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Takahashi, Y., Inaba, I., Kono, K. et al. rs11190870 is not associated with severity of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in Japanese. Scoliosis 10 (Suppl 1), O3 (2015).

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