Is there any relationship between Human Leucocyte Antigen class II and chronic urticaria? (Chronic urticaria and HLA class II)

Östaş P., Önder M., GÖNEN S., ÖZTAŞ M. O., Söylemezoǧlu O.

Yonsei Medical Journal, vol.45, no.3, pp.392-395, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 45 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.3349/ymj.2004.45.3.392
  • Journal Name: Yonsei Medical Journal
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.392-395
  • Keywords: Chronic urticaria, HLA subtypes, Skin
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: No


The Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) typing of large groups of patients with various autoimmune diseases has demonstrated that some HLA alleles occur at higher frequencies in specific diseases than in the general population. Chronic urticaria has been shown to have an autoimmune basis by a previous study which found an association between chronic urticaria and specific HLA groups. We investigated the HLA subtypes of Turkish chronic urticaria patients. For this purpose 42 Turkish patients with chronic urticaria and 115 healthy controls were typed for HLA-DR and DQ by PCR-SSP (Polymerase Chain Reaction Sequence Specific Primers) low resolution DNA technique. We found an increased frequency of DR4 (42.9%, p=0.01) in chronic urticaria patients in comparison with that in healthy controls. This study supports the hypothesis that HLA alleles may be involved in the pathogenesis of chronic urticaria and that they appear to be directly involved in the initiation of the immune response.