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Papers: 2 Mar 2019 - 8 Mar 2019

Human Studies, Pharmacology/Drug Development


Front Pharmacol


Beta2-Adrenergic Receptor Polymorphisms and Haplotypes Associate With Chronic Pain in Sickle Cell Disease.


Jhun EH, Sadhu N, Hu X, Yao Y, He Y, Wilkie DJ, Molokie RE, Wang Z J
Front Pharmacol. 2019; 10:84.
PMID: 30837870.


Pain in sickle cell disease (SCD) is severe, variable, and inadequately comprehended. The β2-adrenergic receptor () is critical in mediating neurotransmitter response in the sympathetic nervous system. In this association study, we examined 16 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) covering 5'-UTR and coding regions of for pain variability in SCD. Subjects recorded their non-crisis, baseline pain experience on a computerized tool from which we obtained chronic pain measurement score- composite pain index (CPI). Regression models yielded significant associations between chronic pain and seven SNPs. Non-synonymous SNP rs1042713 A allele (Arg16) caused a 5.73-fold decrease in CPI ( = 0.002). Allele A of rs12654778 and T of rs17778257 reduced CPI by a fold of 4.52 ( = 0.019), and 4.39 ( = 0.032), respectively. Whereas, in the 5' UTR, allele C of rs1042711, G of rs11168070, C of rs11959427, and C of rs1801704 increased CPI by a fold of 10.86 ( = 0.00049), 5.99 ( = 0.016), 5.69 ( = 0.023), and 5.26 ( = 0.031), respectively. Together, these SNPs accounted for 2-15% of CPI variance after adjusting for covariates. Moreover, these SNPs were in high linkage disequilibrium (LD) showing three LD blocks in our cohort. A 10-marker haplotype increased CPI by 11.5-fold ( = 0.000407). Thus, polymorphisms might contribute to chronic pain severity and heterogeneity in SCD.