HLA class II alleles in Japanese patients with immune thrombocytopenic purpura. Associations with anti-platelet glycoprotein autoantibodies and responses to splenectomy

M. Kuwana, J. Kaburaki, J. P. Pandey, M. Murata, Y. Kawakami, H. Inoko, Y. Ikeda

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HLA class II alleles and immunoglobulin allotypes were determined in 83 Japanese patients with immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) and 114 race-matched healthy controls. Distribution of DRB and DQB1 alleles as well as G1M(f, z), G2M(n+, n-), and KM(1, (1,2), 3) were not different between ITP patients and healthy controls, while DPB1*0201 was marginally increased in ITP patients vs. healthy controls (51% vs. 28%, Pc = 0.04, OR = 2.6 [1.4-4.8]). In contrast, strong associations between anti-glycoprotein autoantibodies and HLA class II genes were found as follows: Anti-GPIIb-IIIa antibody with DRB1*0405 and DQB1*0401; and anti-GPIb-IX antibody with DRB1*0803 and DQB1*0601. When factors influencing therapeutic responses to splenectomy were examined, a poor response was correlated with the presence of DRB1*0405, DQB1*0401 and anti-GPIIb-IIIa antibody (P = 0.01, 0.002, and 0.03, respectively). Our results indicate that HLA class II genes influence the production of anti-glycoprotein antibody specificities rather than the development of ITP. In addition, HLA class II genotyping could be useful in predicting therapeutic responses to splenectomy in Japanese patients with ITP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-343
Number of pages7
JournalTissue Antigens
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Nov 8



  • Anti-platelet antibody
  • Autoantibody
  • Glycoprotein
  • HLA
  • Immune thrombocytopenic purpura
  • Immunoglobulin allotype

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics

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