Caspases (CASP) are intracellular proteases that play roles as mediators of apoptosis. Activation of caspase 3 is enhanced in chronic periodontitis. Thus, we hypothesized that single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of CASP genes might be associated with this condition in the Korean population. To investigate whether such polymorphisms might be involved in the development of periodontal disease, 51 patients and 33 control subjects were assessed.
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an immune-related disease with genetic predisposition. The aim of this study was to investigate the association of three polymorphisms in the receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE) gene with UC risk in a Chinese population. This case-control study involved 72 UC patients and 479 age- and gender-matched healthy controls. Genotyping was performed using the polymerase chain reaction-ligase detection reaction method. Data were analyzed using the Haplo.stats program.