Bahtiyar Haberal1, Ekin Kaya Şimşek2, Hatice Pınar Baysan Çebi3, Özer Tuç3, Hasibe Verdi3, Fatma Belgin Ataç3

1Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Başkent University, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
2Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Kaçkar State Hospital, Rize, Turkey
3Medical Biology, Başkent University, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

Keywords: Adam12 protein, adamts14 protein, knee osteoarthritis, matrix metalloproteinase 13, single nucleotide polymorphism


Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between MMP13 rs3819089, ADAM12 rs3740199 and rs1871054, and ADAMTS14 rs4747096 genotypes in patients with radiologically diagnosed knee osteoarthritis (OA).

Patients and methods: A total of 300 patients (68 males, 232 females; mean age: 61.6 years; range, 25 to 89 years) who were admitted to the orthopedics and traumatology clinic and diagnosed with knee OA according to the 2000 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria between October 2018 and March 2019 were prospectively analyzed. Patients with Grades III-IV OA according to the Kellgren- Lawrence (K-L) grading system were included in the patient group (n=150) and those without radiological features of knee OA (K-L Grades I-II) were included in the control group (n=150) voluntarily. The presence of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the targeted genes in both groups was assessed by real-time polymerase chain reaction in the peripheral blood sample.

Results: The most common nucleotides in both the control and patient groups were CG for rs3740199 and CT for rs1871054 in the ADAM12 gene, and the most common nucleotides in alleles were GG for MMP13 rs3819089 and AA for ADAMTS14 rs4747096. No statistically significant relationship was detected between the gene polymorphisms and advanced OA.

Conclusion: The study results suggest that ADAM12 rs3740199 and rs1871054, MMP13 rs3819089, and ADAMTS14 rs4747096 polymorphisms have no relationship with knee OA susceptibility in the Turkish population. However, as this is the first study to investigate the relationship between the SNPs of ADAM12, ADAMTS14, and MMP13 genes and the development of OA in the Turkish population, it would contribute to our understanding of the molecular bases of OA.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declared no conflicts of interest with respect to the authorship and/or publication of this article.

Financial Disclosure

The authors received no financial support for the research and/or authorship of this article.


We would like to thank Prof. Ayse Canan Yazıcı Guvercin, PhD for her valuable assistance with the statistical analysis.