In Vivo Cytokine eQTL Interactions from a Lupus Clinical Trial
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The purpose of this study is to discover in vivo cytokine expression quantitative trait locus (eQTL) interactions from a cohort of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. 157 lupus patients were enrolled in a clinical trial to test the efficacy and safety of an anti-IL-6 monoclonal antibody. At three time points, we measured interferon (IFN) status, anti-IL-6 drug exposure and genome-wide gen expression. We identified 4,818 cis-eQTLs and then observed a statistically significant enrichment of in vivo eQTL interactions with IFN status and anti-IL-6 exposure.