Genetic determinants of ulcerative colitis include the ECM1 locus and five loci implicated in Crohn's disease

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  • SA Fisher
  • M Tremelling
  • CA Anderson
  • R Gwilliam
  • S Bumpstead
  • NJ Prescott
  • ER Nimmo
  • D Massey
  • C Berzuini
  • Colin Johnson
  • JC Barrett
  • FR Cummings
  • H Drummond
  • CW Lees
  • CM Onnie
  • CE Hanson
  • K Blaszczyk
  • M Inouye
  • P Ewels
  • R Ravindrarajah
  • A Keniry
  • S Hunt
  • M Carter
  • N Watkins
  • W Ouwehand
  • CM Lewis
  • L Cardon
  • Jayne Franklyn
  • Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium

Colleges, School and Institutes


We report results of a nonsynonymous SNP scan for ulcerative colitis and identify a previously unknown susceptibility locus at ECM1. We also show that several risk loci are common to ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease (IL23R, IL12B, HLA, NKX2-3 and MST1), whereas autophagy genes ATG16L1 and IRGM, along with NOD2 (also known as CARD15), are specific for Crohn's disease. These data provide the first detailed illustration of the genetic relationship between these common inflammatory bowel diseases.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)710-2
Number of pages3
JournalNature Genetics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008