HLA antigens in mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome in New England

A. M. Krensky, W. K. Berenberg Shanley, E. J. Yunis

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Abstract

HLA antigens were evaluated in 27 patients with mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome (Kawasaki disease) in the Boston area. In contrast to previous Japanese studies, no incidence of HLA-Bw22 was found. A significant increase (P < .002), however, in HLA-Bw51 was found in the patients with mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome as compared to an appropriate control population. To our knowledge, this is only the second disease associated with HLA-B5 specificity. The observations illustrate the lack of unified genetic predisposition for a disease in two ethnic groups, white and Japanese. Such findings may have genetic implications regarding interhuman variation in immune responsiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)741-743
Number of pages3
JournalPediatrics
Volume67
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1981

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Krensky, A. M., Berenberg Shanley, W. K., & Yunis, E. J. (1981). HLA antigens in mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome in New England. Pediatrics, 67(5), 741-743.