Genetic susceptibility.

18 May 2018

Why only 20% of smokers develop clinically relevant chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was a puzzle for many years. Now, epidemiologic studies point clearly toward a large heritable component. The combination of genome-wide association studies and candidate gene analysis is helping to identify those genetic variants responsible for an individual's susceptibility to developing COPD. In this review, the current data implicating specific loci and genes in the pathogenesis of COPD are examined.