Killer Cell Immunoglobulin-Like Receptor (KIR) Genotype Distribution in Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) Patients

Erken E., Ozturk O. G., KUDAS O., TAS D. A., Demirtas A., KİBAR F., ...More

MEDICAL SCIENCE MONITOR, vol.21, pp.3547-3554, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.12659/msm.895211
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.3547-3554
  • Keywords: Amyloidosis, Familial Mediterranean Fever, Genotype, Killer Cells, Natural, Receptors, KIR, C-REACTIVE PROTEIN, ANKYLOSING-SPONDYLITIS, POLYMORPHISMS, ASSOCIATION, DISEASE, GENES, ALLELES, RISK
  • Çukurova University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is an autosomal recessive autoinflammatory disease predominantly affecting Mediterranean populations. The gene associated with FMF is the MEFV gene, which encodes for a protein called pyrin. Mutations of pyrin lead to uncontrolled attacks of inflammation, and subclinical inflammation continues during attack-free intervals. Killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) genes encode HLA class I receptors expressed by NK cells. The aim this study was to look for immunogenetic determinants in the pathogenesis of FMF and find out if KIR are related to susceptibility to disease or complications like renal amyloidosis.