Antiphospholipid syndrome's genetic and epigenetic aspects.Autoimmun Rev. 2019 Sep; 18(9):102352.AR
Studies on last genetic and epigenetic predisposition to APS are summarized. It is well known that genetic predisposition is in HLA system (DR4 and DRw53) and that lupus anticoagulant (LA) and anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL) are both associated with the same HLA antigens. Other genes, outside the MHC, give their contribution to the development of this autoimmune syndrome, such as IRF5, STAT4 and those related to inherited thrombophilia - factor V Leiden and G20210A prothrombin polymorphisms. Finally, post-transcriptional modifications of anti-beta2GPI antibodies could be implicated too. The most important discovery of last years is that altered microRNAs' expression is linked to autoimmunity, thrombosis, early atherosclerosis, and oxidative stress in APS.