Genetic contributions of lupus nephritis in a multi-ethnic cohort of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
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Lupus nephritis (LN) is a severe manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and it occurs at a much higher rate in patients that are not of European descent. The purpose of this study is to identify genetic variants contributing to the risk of LN in a multi-ethnic cohort of SLE patients. We used a comprehensive genome-wide screen and 1244 SLE patients from 5 different ethnic groups. In genome-wide gene-based and candidate SNP analyses, we found distinct genes and pathways, and established risk SNPs associated with lupus nephritis for each ethnic group. This study represents progress in elucidating the genetic underpinnings driving LN among SLE patients of different ethnic groups.