Original article| Volume 27, ISSUE 8, P551-553, December 2005

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Apolipoprotein E genotype analysis in Chinese Han ethnic children with Wilson's disease, with a concentration on those homozygous for R778L


      Wilson's disease (WD) is an autosomal recessive disorder of copper metabolism caused by a large number of different mutations in the ATP7B gene. R778L mutation is mostly observed in Chinese, Japanese and Korean patients, whereas the H1069Q point mutation in the ATP7B gene is the most frequent mutation in European patients with WD. In our previous study we did not find a significant correlation between genotype and phenotype (age of onset and clinical presentation) in patients homozygous (37 patients) or heterozygous (52 patients) for R778L. It was reported that European patients homozygous for H1069Q who were also homozygous for the ApoE genotype ε3/3 developed clinical symptoms 5–11 years later than did patients with genotypes other than ApoE ε3/3. In the present study (i) we firstly observed that ApoE ε3/3 did not delay the onset of WD; (ii) no association between ApoE genotype and WD clinical presentation in Chinese Han children, including those patients homozygous for R778L. Thus we conclude that the onset of WD in Chinese children is not related to ApoE ε3/3, although the high frequency of ApoE ε3/3 in Chinese Han children with WD was not significantly different from that in controls.


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