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A novel common variant in DCST2 is associated with length in early life and height in adulthood.
Ralf J P van der Valk, Eskil Kreiner-Møller, Marjolein N Kooijman, Mònica Guxens, Evangelia Stergiakouli, Annika Sääf, Jonathan P Bradfield, Frank Geller, M Geoffrey Hayes, Diana L Cousminer, Antje Körner, Elisabeth Thiering, John A Curtin, Ronny Myhre, Ville Huikari, Raimo Joro, Marjan Kerkhof, Nicole M Warrington, Niina Pitkänen, Ioanna Ntalla, Momoko Horikoshi, Riitta Veijola, Rachel M Freathy, Yik-Ying Teo, Sheila J Barton, David M Evans, John P Kemp, Beate St Pourcain, Susan M Ring, George Davey Smith, Anna Bergström, Inger Kull, Hakon Hakonarson, Frank D Mentch, Hans Bisgaard, Bo Chawes, Jakob Stokholm, Johannes Waage, Patrick Eriksen, Astrid Sevelsted, Mads Melbye, , Cornelia M van Duijn, Carolina Medina-Gomez, Albert Hofman, Johan C de Jongste, H Rob Taal, André G Uitterlinden, Loren L Armstrong, Johan Eriksson, Aarno Palotie, Mariona Bustamante, Xavier Estivill, Juan R Gonzalez, Sabrina Llop, Wieland Kiess, Anubha Mahajan, Claudia Flexeder, Carla M T Tiesler, Clare S Murray, Angela Simpson, Per Magnus, Verena Sengpiel, Anna-Liisa Hartikainen, Sirkka Keinänen-Kiukaanniemi, Alexandra Lewin, Alexessander Da Silva Couto Alves, Alexandra I Blakemore, Jessica L Buxton, Marika Kaakinen, Alina Rodriguez, Sylvain Sebert, Marja Vaarasmaki, Timo Lakka, Virpi Lindi, Ulrike Gehring, Dirkje S Postma, Wei Ang, John P Newnham, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Katja Pahkala, Olli T Raitakari, Kalliope Panoutsopoulou, Eleftheria Zeggini, Dorret I Boomsma, Maria Groen-Blokhuis, Jorma Ilonen, Lude Franke, Joel N Hirschhorn, Tune H Pers, Liming Liang, Jinyan Huang, Berthold Hocher, Mikael Knip, Seang-Mei Saw, John W Holloway, Erik Melén, Struan F A Grant, Bjarke Feenstra, William L Lowe, Elisabeth Widén, Elena Sergeyev, Harald Grallert, Adnan Custovic, Bo Jacobsson, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Mustafa Atalay, Gerard H Koppelman, Craig E Pennell, Harri Niinikoski, George V Dedoussis, Mark I McCarthy, Timothy M Frayling, Jordi Sunyer, Nicholas J Timpson, Fernando Rivadeneira, Klaus Bønnelykke, Vincent W V Jaddoe.
Hum. Mol. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 10-03-2014
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Common genetic variants have been identified for adult height, but not much is known about the genetics of skeletal growth in early life. To identify common genetic variants that influence fetal skeletal growth, we meta-analyzed 22 genome-wide association studies (Stage 1; N = 28 459). We identified seven independent top single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (P < 1 × 10(-6)) for birth length, of which three were novel and four were in or near loci known to be associated with adult height (LCORL, PTCH1, GPR126 and HMGA2). The three novel SNPs were followed-up in nine replication studies (Stage 2; N = 11 995), with rs905938 in DC-STAMP domain containing 2 (DCST2) genome-wide significantly associated with birth length in a joint analysis (Stages 1 + 2; ? = 0.046, SE = 0.008, P = 2.46 × 10(-8), explained variance = 0.05%). Rs905938 was also associated with infant length (N = 28 228; P = 5.54 × 10(-4)) and adult height (N = 127 513; P = 1.45 × 10(-5)). DCST2 is a DC-STAMP-like protein family member and DC-STAMP is an osteoclast cell-fusion regulator. Polygenic scores based on 180 SNPs previously associated with human adult stature explained 0.13% of variance in birth length. The same SNPs explained 2.95% of the variance of infant length. Of the 180 known adult height loci, 11 were genome-wide significantly associated with infant length (SF3B4, LCORL, SPAG17, C6orf173, PTCH1, GDF5, ZNFX1, HHIP, ACAN, HLA locus and HMGA2). This study highlights that common variation in DCST2 influences variation in early growth and adult height.
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Common genetic variants associated with cognitive performance identified using the proxy-phenotype method.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.
PUBLISHED: 09-08-2014
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We identify common genetic variants associated with cognitive performance using a two-stage approach, which we call the proxy-phenotype method. First, we conduct a genome-wide association study of educational attainment in a large sample (n = 106,736), which produces a set of 69 education-associated SNPs. Second, using independent samples (n = 24,189), we measure the association of these education-associated SNPs with cognitive performance. Three SNPs (rs1487441, rs7923609, and rs2721173) are significantly associated with cognitive performance after correction for multiple hypothesis testing. In an independent sample of older Americans (n = 8,652), we also show that a polygenic score derived from the education-associated SNPs is associated with memory and absence of dementia. Convergent evidence from a set of bioinformatics analyses implicates four specific genes (KNCMA1, NRXN1, POU2F3, and SCRT). All of these genes are associated with a particular neurotransmitter pathway involved in synaptic plasticity, the main cellular mechanism for learning and memory.
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Genome-wide analysis of multi-ancestry cohorts identifies new loci influencing intraocular pressure and susceptibility to glaucoma.
Pirro G Hysi, Ching-Yu Cheng, Henriët Springelkamp, Stuart MacGregor, Jessica N Cooke Bailey, Robert Wojciechowski, Veronique Vitart, Abhishek Nag, Alex W Hewitt, René Höhn, Cristina Venturini, Alireza Mirshahi, Wishal D Ramdas, Gudmar Thorleifsson, Eranga Vithana, Chiea-Chuen Khor, Arni B Stefansson, Jiemin Liao, Jonathan L Haines, Najaf Amin, Ya Xing Wang, Philipp S Wild, Ayse B Ozel, Jun Z Li, Brian W Fleck, Tanja Zeller, Sandra E Staffieri, Yik-Ying Teo, Gabriel Cuellar-Partida, Xiaoyan Luo, R Rand Allingham, Julia E Richards, Andrea Senft, Lennart C Karssen, Yingfeng Zheng, Celine Bellenguez, Liang Xu, Adriana I Iglesias, James F Wilson, Jae H Kang, Elisabeth M van Leeuwen, Vesteinn Jonsson, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Dominiek D G Despriet, Sarah Ennis, Sayoko E Moroi, Nicholas G Martin, Nomdo M Jansonius, Seyhan Yazar, E-Shyong Tai, Philippe Amouyel, James Kirwan, Leonieke M E van Koolwijk, Michael A Hauser, Fridbert Jonasson, Paul Leo, Stephanie J Loomis, Rhys Fogarty, Fernando Rivadeneira, Lisa Kearns, Karl J Lackner, Paulus T V M de Jong, Claire L Simpson, Craig E Pennell, Ben A Oostra, André G Uitterlinden, Seang-Mei Saw, Andrew J Lotery, Joan E Bailey-Wilson, Albert Hofman, Johannes R Vingerling, Cécilia Maubaret, Norbert Pfeiffer, Roger C W Wolfs, Hans G Lemij, Terri L Young, Louis R Pasquale, Cécile Delcourt, Timothy D Spector, Caroline C W Klaver, Kerrin S Small, Kathryn P Burdon, Kari Stefansson, Tien-Yin Wong, , Ananth Viswanathan, David A Mackey, Jamie E Craig, Janey L Wiggs, Cornelia M van Duijn, Christopher J Hammond, Tin Aung.
Nat. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 08-31-2014
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Elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) is an important risk factor in developing glaucoma, and variability in IOP might herald glaucomatous development or progression. We report the results of a genome-wide association study meta-analysis of 18 population cohorts from the International Glaucoma Genetics Consortium (IGGC), comprising 35,296 multi-ancestry participants for IOP. We confirm genetic association of known loci for IOP and primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and identify four new IOP-associated loci located on chromosome 3q25.31 within the FNDC3B gene (P = 4.19 × 10(-8) for rs6445055), two on chromosome 9 (P = 2.80 × 10(-11) for rs2472493 near ABCA1 and P = 6.39 × 10(-11) for rs8176693 within ABO) and one on chromosome 11p11.2 (best P = 1.04 × 10(-11) for rs747782). Separate meta-analyses of 4 independent POAG cohorts, totaling 4,284 cases and 95,560 controls, showed that 3 of these loci for IOP were also associated with POAG.
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Defining the role of common variation in the genomic and biological architecture of adult human height.
Andrew R Wood, Tonu Esko, Jian Yang, Sailaja Vedantam, Tune H Pers, Stefan Gustafsson, Audrey Y Chu, Karol Estrada, Jian'an Luan, Zoltan Kutalik, Najaf Amin, Martin L Buchkovich, Damien C Croteau-Chonka, Felix R Day, Yanan Duan, Tove Fall, Rudolf Fehrmann, Teresa Ferreira, Anne U Jackson, Juha Karjalainen, Ken Sin Lo, Adam E Locke, Reedik Mägi, Evelin Mihailov, Eleonora Porcu, Joshua C Randall, André Scherag, Anna A E Vinkhuyzen, Harm-Jan Westra, Thomas W Winkler, Tsegaselassie Workalemahu, Jing Hua Zhao, Devin Absher, Eva Albrecht, Denise Anderson, Jeffrey Baron, Marian Beekman, Ayse Demirkan, Georg B Ehret, Bjarke Feenstra, Mary F Feitosa, Krista Fischer, Ross M Fraser, Anuj Goel, Jian Gong, Anne E Justice, Stavroula Kanoni, Marcus E Kleber, Kati Kristiansson, Unhee Lim, Vaneet Lotay, Julian C Lui, Massimo Mangino, Irene Mateo Leach, Carolina Medina-Gomez, Michael A Nalls, Dale R Nyholt, Cameron D Palmer, Dorota Pasko, Sonali Pechlivanis, Inga Prokopenko, Janina S Ried, Stephan Ripke, Dmitry Shungin, Alena Stančáková, Rona J Strawbridge, Yun Ju Sung, Toshiko Tanaka, Alexander Teumer, Stella Trompet, Sander W van der Laan, Jessica van Setten, Jana V van Vliet-Ostaptchouk, Zhaoming Wang, Loïc Yengo, Weihua Zhang, Uzma Afzal, Johan Arnlöv, Gillian M Arscott, Stefania Bandinelli, Amy Barrett, Claire Bellis, Amanda J Bennett, Christian Berne, Matthias Blüher, Jennifer L Bolton, Yvonne Böttcher, Heather A Boyd, Marcel Bruinenberg, Brendan M Buckley, Steven Buyske, Ida H Caspersen, Peter S Chines, Robert Clarke, Simone Claudi-Boehm, Matthew Cooper, E Warwick Daw, Pim A de Jong, Joris Deelen, Graciela Delgado, Josh C Denny, Rosalie Dhonukshe-Rutten, Maria Dimitriou, Alex S F Doney, Marcus Dörr, Niina Eklund, Elodie Eury, Lasse Folkersen, Melissa E Garcia, Frank Geller, Vilmantas Giedraitis, Alan S Go, Harald Grallert, Tanja B Grammer, Jürgen Gräßler, Henrik Grönberg, Lisette C P G M de Groot, Christopher J Groves, Jeffrey Haessler, Per Hall, Toomas Haller, Göran Hallmans, Anke Hannemann, Catharina A Hartman, Maija Hassinen, Caroline Hayward, Nancy L Heard-Costa, Quinta Helmer, Gibran Hemani, Anjali K Henders, Hans L Hillege, Mark A Hlatky, Wolfgang Hoffmann, Per Hoffmann, Oddgeir Holmen, Jeanine J Houwing-Duistermaat, Thomas Illig, Aaron Isaacs, Alan L James, Janina Jeff, Berit Johansen, Asa Johansson, Jennifer Jolley, Thorhildur Juliusdottir, Juhani Junttila, Abel N Kho, Leena Kinnunen, Norman Klopp, Thomas Kocher, Wolfgang Kratzer, Peter Lichtner, Lars Lind, Jaana Lindström, Stéphane Lobbens, Mattias Lorentzon, Yingchang Lu, Valeriya Lyssenko, Patrik K E Magnusson, Anubha Mahajan, Marc Maillard, Wendy L McArdle, Colin A McKenzie, Stela McLachlan, Paul J McLaren, Cristina Menni, Sigrun Merger, Lili Milani, Alireza Moayyeri, Keri L Monda, Mario A Morken, Gabriele Müller, Martina Müller-Nurasyid, Arthur W Musk, Narisu Narisu, Matthias Nauck, Ilja M Nolte, Markus M Nöthen, Laticia Oozageer, Stefan Pilz, Nigel W Rayner, Frida Renstrom, Neil R Robertson, Lynda M Rose, Ronan Roussel, Serena Sanna, Hubert Scharnagl, Salome Scholtens, Fredrick R Schumacher, Heribert Schunkert, Robert A Scott, Joban Sehmi, Thomas Seufferlein, Jianxin Shi, Karri Silventoinen, Johannes H Smit, Albert Vernon Smith, Joanna Smolonska, Alice V Stanton, Kathleen Stirrups, David J Stott, Heather M Stringham, Johan Sundström, Morris A Swertz, Ann-Christine Syvänen, Bamidele O Tayo, Gudmar Thorleifsson, Jonathan P Tyrer, Suzanne van Dijk, Natasja M van Schoor, Nathalie van der Velde, Diana van Heemst, Floor V A van Oort, Sita H Vermeulen, Niek Verweij, Judith M Vonk, Lindsay L Waite, Melanie Waldenberger, Roman Wennauer, Lynne R Wilkens, Christina Willenborg, Tom Wilsgaard, Mary K Wojczynski, Andrew Wong, Alan F Wright, Qunyuan Zhang, Dominique Arveiler, Stephan J L Bakker, John Beilby, Richard N Bergman, Sven Bergmann, Reiner Biffar, John Blangero, Dorret I Boomsma, Stefan R Bornstein, Pascal Bovet, Paolo Brambilla, Morris J Brown, Harry Campbell, Mark J Caulfield, Aravinda Chakravarti, Rory Collins, Francis S Collins, Dana C Crawford, L Adrienne Cupples, John Danesh, Ulf de Faire, Hester M den Ruijter, Raimund Erbel, Jeanette Erdmann, Johan G Eriksson, Martin Farrall, Ele Ferrannini, Jean Ferrières, Ian Ford, Nita G Forouhi, Terrence Forrester, Ron T Gansevoort, Pablo V Gejman, Christian Gieger, Alain Golay, Omri Gottesman, Vilmundur Gudnason, Ulf Gyllensten, David W Haas, Alistair S Hall, Tamara B Harris, Andrew T Hattersley, Andrew C Heath, Christian Hengstenberg, Andrew A Hicks, Lucia A Hindorff, Aroon D Hingorani, Albert Hofman, G Kees Hovingh, Steve E Humphries, Steven C Hunt, Elina Hyppönen, Kevin B Jacobs, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Pekka Jousilahti, Antti M Jula, Jaakko Kaprio, John J P Kastelein, Manfred Kayser, Frank Kee, Sirkka M Keinanen-Kiukaanniemi, Lambertus A Kiemeney, Jaspal S Kooner, Charles Kooperberg, Seppo Koskinen, Peter Kovacs, Aldi T Kraja, Meena Kumari, Johanna Kuusisto, Timo A Lakka, Claudia Langenberg, Loic Le Marchand, Terho Lehtimäki, Sara Lupoli, Pamela A F Madden, Satu Mannisto, Paolo Manunta, André Marette, Tara C Matise, Barbara McKnight, Thomas Meitinger, Frans L Moll, Grant W Montgomery, Andrew D Morris, Andrew P Morris, Jeffrey C Murray, Mari Nelis, Claes Ohlsson, Albertine J Oldehinkel, Ken K Ong, Willem H Ouwehand, Gerard Pasterkamp, Annette Peters, Peter P Pramstaller, Jackie F Price, Lu Qi, Olli T Raitakari, Tuomo Rankinen, D C Rao, Treva K Rice, Marylyn Ritchie, Igor Rudan, Veikko Salomaa, Nilesh J Samani, Jouko Saramies, Mark A Sarzynski, Peter E H Schwarz, Sylvain Sebert, Peter Sever, Alan R Shuldiner, Juha Sinisalo, Valgerdur Steinthorsdottir, Ronald P Stolk, Jean-Claude Tardif, Anke Tönjes, Angelo Tremblay, Elena Tremoli, Jarmo Virtamo, Marie-Claude Vohl, , Philippe Amouyel, Folkert W Asselbergs, Themistocles L Assimes, Murielle Bochud, Bernhard O Boehm, Eric Boerwinkle, Erwin P Bottinger, Claude Bouchard, Stéphane Cauchi, John C Chambers, Stephen J Chanock, Richard S Cooper, Paul I W de Bakker, George Dedoussis, Luigi Ferrucci, Paul W Franks, Philippe Froguel, Leif C Groop, Christopher A Haiman, Anders Hamsten, M Geoffrey Hayes, Jennie Hui, David J Hunter, Kristian Hveem, J Wouter Jukema, Robert C Kaplan, Mika Kivimäki, Diana Kuh, Markku Laakso, Yongmei Liu, Nicholas G Martin, Winfried März, Mads Melbye, Susanne Moebus, Patricia B Munroe, Inger Njølstad, Ben A Oostra, Colin N A Palmer, Nancy L Pedersen, Markus Perola, Louis Pérusse, Ulrike Peters, Joseph E Powell, Chris Power, Thomas Quertermous, Rainer Rauramaa, Eva Reinmaa, Paul M Ridker, Fernando Rivadeneira, Jerome I Rotter, Timo E Saaristo, Danish Saleheen, David Schlessinger, P Eline Slagboom, Harold Snieder, Tim D Spector, Konstantin Strauch, Michael Stumvoll, Jaakko Tuomilehto, Matti Uusitupa, Pim van der Harst, Henry Völzke, Mark Walker, Nicholas J Wareham, Hugh Watkins, H-Erich Wichmann, James F Wilson, Pieter Zanen, Panos Deloukas, Iris M Heid, Cecilia M Lindgren, Karen L Mohlke, Elizabeth K Speliotes, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Inês Barroso, Caroline S Fox, Kari E North, David P Strachan, Jacques S Beckmann, Sonja I Berndt, Michael Boehnke, Ingrid B Borecki, Mark I McCarthy, Andres Metspalu, Kari Stefansson, André G Uitterlinden, Cornelia M van Duijn, Lude Franke, Cristen J Willer, Alkes L Price, Guillaume Lettre, Ruth J F Loos, Michael N Weedon, Erik Ingelsson, Jeffrey R O'Connell, Gonçalo R Abecasis, Daniel I Chasman, Michael E Goddard, Peter M Visscher, Joel N Hirschhorn, Timothy M Frayling.
Nat. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 08-29-2014
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Using genome-wide data from 253,288 individuals, we identified 697 variants at genome-wide significance that together explained one-fifth of the heritability for adult height. By testing different numbers of variants in independent studies, we show that the most strongly associated ?2,000, ?3,700 and ?9,500 SNPs explained ?21%, ?24% and ?29% of phenotypic variance. Furthermore, all common variants together captured 60% of heritability. The 697 variants clustered in 423 loci were enriched for genes, pathways and tissue types known to be involved in growth and together implicated genes and pathways not highlighted in earlier efforts, such as signaling by fibroblast growth factors, WNT/?-catenin and chondroitin sulfate-related genes. We identified several genes and pathways not previously connected with human skeletal growth, including mTOR, osteoglycin and binding of hyaluronic acid. Our results indicate a genetic architecture for human height that is characterized by a very large but finite number (thousands) of causal variants.
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Methylation of bone SOST, its mRNA, and serum sclerostin levels correlate strongly with fracture risk in postmenopausal women.
J. Bone Miner. Res.
PUBLISHED: 08-22-2014
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Inhibition of sclerostin, a glycoprotein secreted by osteocytes, offers new therapeutic paradigm for treatment of osteoporosis (OP) through its critical role as Wnt/catenin signaling regulator. This study describes the epigenetic regulation of SOST expression in bone biopsies of postmenopausal women. We correlated serum sclerostin, to bone mineral density (BMD), fractures and bone remodeling parameters and related these findings to epigenetic and genetic disease mechanisms. Serum sclerostin and bone remodeling biomarkers were measured in two postmenopausal groups: healthy (BMD T-score > -1) and established OP (BMD T-score < -2.5, with at least one low energy fracture). Bone specimens were used to analyze SOST mRNAs, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and DNA methylation changes. The SOST gene promoter region showed increased CpG methylation in OP patients (n=4) compared to age and body mass index balanced controls (n=4) (80.5% vs. 63.2%, p=0.0001) with replication in independent cohorts (n=27 and 36, respectively). Serum sclerostin and bone SOST mRNA expression correlated positively with age- and BMI-adjusted total hip BMD (r=0.47 and 0.43, respectively, both p<0.0005), and inversely to serum bone turnover markers. Five SNPs, of which one replicates in an independent population based GWAS, showed association with serum sclerostin or SOST mRNA levels under an additive model (p: 0.0016 to 0.0079). Genetic and epigenetic changes in SOST influence its bone mRNA expression and serum sclerostin levels in postmenopausal women. The observations suggest that increased SOST promoter methylation seen in OP is a compensatory counteracting mechanism, which lowers serum sclerostin concentrations and reduces inhibition of Wnt signaling in an attempt to promote bone formation. © 2014 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.
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Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies identifies novel loci that influence cupping and the glaucomatous process.
Nat Commun
PUBLISHED: 08-04-2014
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Glaucoma is characterized by irreversible optic nerve degeneration and is the most frequent cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. Here, the International Glaucoma Genetics Consortium conducts a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies of vertical cup-disc ratio (VCDR), an important disease-related optic nerve parameter. In 21,094 individuals of European ancestry and 6,784 individuals of Asian ancestry, we identify 10 new loci associated with variation in VCDR. In a separate risk-score analysis of five case-control studies, Caucasians in the highest quintile have a 2.5-fold increased risk of primary open-angle glaucoma as compared with those in the lowest quintile. This study has more than doubled the known loci associated with optic disc cupping and will allow greater understanding of mechanisms involved in this common blinding condition.
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C9orf72 and UNC13A are shared risk loci for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia: a genome-wide meta-analysis.
Ann. Neurol.
PUBLISHED: 06-10-2014
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Substantial clinical, pathological, and genetic overlap exists between amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). TDP-43 inclusions have been found in both ALS and FTD cases (FTD-TDP). Recently, a repeat expansion in C9orf72 was identified as the causal variant in a proportion of ALS and FTD cases. We sought to identify additional evidence for a common genetic basis for the spectrum of ALS-FTD.
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Adverse outcomes of frailty in the elderly: the Rotterdam Study.
Eur. J. Epidemiol.
PUBLISHED: 06-07-2014
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To investigate the prevalence of frailty in a Dutch elderly population and to identify adverse health outcomes associated with the frailty phenotype independent of the comorbidities. Cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses within the Rotterdam Study (the Netherlands), a prospective population-based cohort study in persons aged ?55 years. Frailty was defined as meeting three or more of five established criteria for frailty, evaluating nutritional status, physical activity, mobility, grip strength and exhaustion. Intermediate frailty was defined as meeting one or two frailty criteria. Comorbidities were objectively measured. Health outcomes were assessed by means of questionnaires, physical examinations and continuous follow-up through general practitioners and municipal health authorities for mortality. Of 2,833 participants (median age 74.0 years, inter quartile range 9) with sufficiently evaluated frailty criteria, 163 (5.8 %) participants were frail and 1,454 (51.3 %) intermediate frail. Frail elderly were more likely to be older and female, to have an impaired quality of life and to have fallen or to have been hospitalized. 108 (72.0 %) frail participants had ?2 comorbidities, compared to 777 (54.4 %) intermediate frail and 522 (44.8 %) non-frail participants. Adjusted for age, sex and comorbidities, frail elderly had a significantly increased risk of dying within 3 years (HR 3.4; 95 % CI 1.9-6.4), compared to the non-frail elderly. This study in a general Dutch population of community-dwelling elderly able to perform the frailty tests, demonstrates that frailty is common and that frail elderly are at increased risk of death independent of comorbidities.
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Phenotypic dissection of bone mineral density reveals skeletal site specificity and facilitates the identification of novel loci in the genetic regulation of bone mass attainment.
PLoS Genet.
PUBLISHED: 06-01-2014
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Heritability of bone mineral density (BMD) varies across skeletal sites, reflecting different relative contributions of genetic and environmental influences. To quantify the degree to which common genetic variants tag and environmental factors influence BMD, at different sites, we estimated the genetic (rg) and residual (re) correlations between BMD measured at the upper limbs (UL-BMD), lower limbs (LL-BMD) and skull (SK-BMD), using total-body DXA scans of ? 4,890 participants recruited by the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and their Children (ALSPAC). Point estimates of rg indicated that appendicular sites have a greater proportion of shared genetic architecture (LL-/UL-BMD rg = 0.78) between them, than with the skull (UL-/SK-BMD rg = 0.58 and LL-/SK-BMD rg = 0.43). Likewise, the residual correlation between BMD at appendicular sites (r(e) = 0.55) was higher than the residual correlation between SK-BMD and BMD at appendicular sites (r(e) = 0.20-0.24). To explore the basis for the observed differences in rg and re, genome-wide association meta-analyses were performed (n ? 9,395), combining data from ALSPAC and the Generation R Study identifying 15 independent signals from 13 loci associated at genome-wide significant level across different skeletal regions. Results suggested that previously identified BMD-associated variants may exert site-specific effects (i.e. differ in the strength of their association and magnitude of effect across different skeletal sites). In particular, variants at CPED1 exerted a larger influence on SK-BMD and UL-BMD when compared to LL-BMD (P = 2.01 × 10(-37)), whilst variants at WNT16 influenced UL-BMD to a greater degree when compared to SK- and LL-BMD (P = 2.31 × 10(-14)). In addition, we report a novel association between RIN3 (previously associated with Paget's disease) and LL-BMD (rs754388: ? = 0.13, SE = 0.02, P = 1.4 × 10(-10)). Our results suggest that BMD at different skeletal sites is under a mixture of shared and specific genetic and environmental influences. Allowing for these differences by performing genome-wide association at different skeletal sites may help uncover new genetic influences on BMD.
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Parent-of-origin-specific allelic associations among 106 genomic loci for age at menarche.
John R B Perry, Felix Day, Cathy E Elks, Patrick Sulem, Deborah J Thompson, Teresa Ferreira, Chunyan He, Daniel I Chasman, Tonu Esko, Gudmar Thorleifsson, Eva Albrecht, Wei Q Ang, Tanguy Corre, Diana L Cousminer, Bjarke Feenstra, Nora Franceschini, Andrea Ganna, Andrew D Johnson, Sanela Kjellqvist, Kathryn L Lunetta, George McMahon, Ilja M Nolte, Lavinia Paternoster, Eleonora Porcu, Albert V Smith, Lisette Stolk, Alexander Teumer, Natalia Tšernikova, Emmi Tikkanen, Sheila Ulivi, Erin K Wagner, Najaf Amin, Laura J Bierut, Enda M Byrne, Jouke-Jan Hottenga, Daniel L Koller, Massimo Mangino, Tune H Pers, Laura M Yerges-Armstrong, Jing Hua Zhao, Irene L Andrulis, Hoda Anton-Culver, Femke Atsma, Stefania Bandinelli, Matthias W Beckmann, Javier Benitez, Carl Blomqvist, Stig E Bojesen, Manjeet K Bolla, Bernardo Bonanni, Hiltrud Brauch, Hermann Brenner, Julie E Buring, Jenny Chang-Claude, Stephen Chanock, Jinhui Chen, Georgia Chenevix-Trench, J Margriet Collée, Fergus J Couch, David Couper, Andrea D Coviello, Angela Cox, Kamila Czene, Adamo Pio D'adamo, George Davey Smith, Immaculata De Vivo, Ellen W Demerath, Joe Dennis, Peter Devilee, Aida K Dieffenbach, Alison M Dunning, Gudny Eiriksdottir, Johan G Eriksson, Peter A Fasching, Luigi Ferrucci, Dieter Flesch-Janys, Henrik Flyger, Tatiana Foroud, Lude Franke, Melissa E Garcia, Montserrat Garcia-Closas, Frank Geller, Eco E J de Geus, Graham G Giles, Daniel F Gudbjartsson, Vilmundur Gudnason, Pascal Guénel, Suiqun Guo, Per Hall, Ute Hamann, Robin Haring, Catharina A Hartman, Andrew C Heath, Albert Hofman, Maartje J Hooning, John L Hopper, Frank B Hu, David J Hunter, David Karasik, Douglas P Kiel, Julia A Knight, Veli-Matti Kosma, Zoltan Kutalik, Sandra Lai, Diether Lambrechts, Annika Lindblom, Reedik Mägi, Patrik K Magnusson, Arto Mannermaa, Nicholas G Martin, Gisli Masson, Patrick F McArdle, Wendy L McArdle, Mads Melbye, Kyriaki Michailidou, Evelin Mihailov, Lili Milani, Roger L Milne, Heli Nevanlinna, Patrick Neven, Ellen A Nohr, Albertine J Oldehinkel, Ben A Oostra, Aarno Palotie, Munro Peacock, Nancy L Pedersen, Paolo Peterlongo, Julian Peto, Paul D P Pharoah, Dirkje S Postma, Anneli Pouta, Katri Pylkäs, Paolo Radice, Susan Ring, Fernando Rivadeneira, Antonietta Robino, Lynda M Rose, Anja Rudolph, Veikko Salomaa, Serena Sanna, David Schlessinger, Marjanka K Schmidt, Mellissa C Southey, Ulla Sovio, Meir J Stampfer, Doris Stöckl, Anna M Storniolo, Nicholas J Timpson, Jonathan Tyrer, Jenny A Visser, Peter Vollenweider, Henry Völzke, Gérard Waeber, Melanie Waldenberger, Henri Wallaschofski, Qin Wang, Gonneke Willemsen, Robert Winqvist, Bruce H R Wolffenbuttel, Margaret J Wright, , Dorret I Boomsma, Michael J Econs, Kay-Tee Khaw, Ruth J F Loos, Mark I McCarthy, Grant W Montgomery, John P Rice, Elizabeth A Streeten, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Cornelia M van Duijn, Behrooz Z Alizadeh, Sven Bergmann, Eric Boerwinkle, Heather A Boyd, Laura Crisponi, Paolo Gasparini, Christian Gieger, Tamara B Harris, Erik Ingelsson, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Peter Kraft, Debbie Lawlor, Andres Metspalu, Craig E Pennell, Paul M Ridker, Harold Snieder, Thorkild I A Sørensen, Tim D Spector, David P Strachan, André G Uitterlinden, Nicholas J Wareham, Elisabeth Widén, Marek Zygmunt, Anna Murray, Douglas F Easton, Kari Stefansson, Joanne M Murabito, Ken K Ong.
Nature
PUBLISHED: 05-30-2014
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Age at menarche is a marker of timing of puberty in females. It varies widely between individuals, is a heritable trait and is associated with risks for obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer and all-cause mortality. Studies of rare human disorders of puberty and animal models point to a complex hypothalamic-pituitary-hormonal regulation, but the mechanisms that determine pubertal timing and underlie its links to disease risk remain unclear. Here, using genome-wide and custom-genotyping arrays in up to 182,416 women of European descent from 57 studies, we found robust evidence (P?
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Genome-wide association analysis identifies six new loci associated with forced vital capacity.
Daan W Loth, María Soler Artigas, Sina A Gharib, Louise V Wain, Nora Franceschini, Beate Koch, Tess D Pottinger, Albert Vernon Smith, Qing Duan, Chris Oldmeadow, Mi Kyeong Lee, David P Strachan, Alan L James, Jennifer E Huffman, Veronique Vitart, Adaikalavan Ramasamy, Nicholas J Wareham, Jaakko Kaprio, Xin-Qun Wang, Holly Trochet, Mika Kähönen, Claudia Flexeder, Eva Albrecht, Lorna M Lopez, Kim de Jong, Bharat Thyagarajan, Alexessander Couto Alves, Stefan Enroth, Ernst Omenaas, Peter K Joshi, Tove Fall, Ana Viñuela, Lenore J Launer, Laura R Loehr, Myriam Fornage, Guo Li, Jemma B Wilk, Wenbo Tang, Ani Manichaikul, Lies Lahousse, Tamara B Harris, Kari E North, Alicja R Rudnicka, Jennie Hui, Xiangjun Gu, Thomas Lumley, Alan F Wright, Nicholas D Hastie, Susan Campbell, Rajesh Kumar, Isabelle Pin, Robert A Scott, Kirsi H Pietiläinen, Ida Surakka, Yongmei Liu, Elizabeth G Holliday, Holger Schulz, Joachim Heinrich, Gail Davies, Judith M Vonk, Mary Wojczynski, Anneli Pouta, Asa Johansson, Sarah H Wild, Erik Ingelsson, Fernando Rivadeneira, Henry Völzke, Pirro G Hysi, Gudny Eiriksdottir, Alanna C Morrison, Jerome I Rotter, Wei Gao, Dirkje S Postma, Wendy B White, Stephen S Rich, Albert Hofman, Thor Aspelund, David Couper, Lewis J Smith, Bruce M Psaty, Kurt Lohman, Esteban G Burchard, André G Uitterlinden, Melissa Garcia, Bonnie R Joubert, Wendy L McArdle, A Bill Musk, Nadia Hansel, Susan R Heckbert, Lina Zgaga, Joyce B J van Meurs, Pau Navarro, Igor Rudan, Yeon-Mok Oh, Susan Redline, Deborah L Jarvis, Jing Hua Zhao, Taina Rantanen, George T O'Connor, Samuli Ripatti, Rodney J Scott, Stefan Karrasch, Harald Grallert, Nathan C Gaddis, John M Starr, Cisca Wijmenga, Ryan L Minster, David J Lederer, Juha Pekkanen, Ulf Gyllensten, Harry Campbell, Andrew P Morris, Sven Gläser, Christopher J Hammond, Kristin M Burkart, John Beilby, Stephen B Kritchevsky, Vilmundur Gudnason, Dana B Hancock, O Dale Williams, Ozren Polašek, Tatijana Zemunik, Ivana Kolčić, Marcy F Petrini, Matthias Wjst, Woo Jin Kim, David J Porteous, Generation Scotland, Blair H Smith, Anne Viljanen, Markku Heliövaara, John R Attia, Ian Sayers, Regina Hampel, Christian Gieger, Ian J Deary, H Marike Boezen, Anne Newman, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, James F Wilson, Lars Lind, Bruno H Stricker, Alexander Teumer, Timothy D Spector, Erik Melén, Marjolein J Peters, Leslie A Lange, R Graham Barr, Ken R Bracke, Fien M Verhamme, Joohon Sung, Pieter S Hiemstra, Patricia A Cassano, Akshay Sood, Caroline Hayward, Josée Dupuis, Ian P Hall, Guy G Brusselle, Martin D Tobin, Stephanie J London.
Nat. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 05-22-2014
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Forced vital capacity (FVC), a spirometric measure of pulmonary function, reflects lung volume and is used to diagnose and monitor lung diseases. We performed genome-wide association study meta-analysis of FVC in 52,253 individuals from 26 studies and followed up the top associations in 32,917 additional individuals of European ancestry. We found six new regions associated at genome-wide significance (P < 5 × 10(-8)) with FVC in or near EFEMP1, BMP6, MIR129-2-HSD17B12, PRDM11, WWOX and KCNJ2. Two loci previously associated with spirometric measures (GSTCD and PTCH1) were related to FVC. Newly implicated regions were followed up in samples from African-American, Korean, Chinese and Hispanic individuals. We detected transcripts for all six newly implicated genes in human lung tissue. The new loci may inform mechanisms involved in lung development and the pathogenesis of restrictive lung disease.
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Stratified medicine approaches for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders.
Curr Opin Pharmacol
PUBLISHED: 04-23-2014
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Stratified medicine approaches for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders offer opportunities to effectively target interventions to those individuals who will gain most benefit from them and minimise adverse side effects. Such approaches have been the 'holy grail' of a variety of research fields spanning epidemiological, (epi)genetic, transcriptomic, proteomic and imaging biomarkers that predict disease diagnosis, prognosis or response to treatment. In this review, we highlight the successes and opportunities for stratified medicine approaches across a range of musculoskeletal disorders, with a focus on genetic risk factors, since these are the most stable across the lifetime of each individual.
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Genome-wide association study for refractive astigmatism reveals genetic co-determination with spherical equivalent refractive error: the CREAM consortium.
Hum. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 04-14-2014
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To identify genetic variants associated with refractive astigmatism in the general population, meta-analyses of genome-wide association studies were performed for: White Europeans aged at least 25 years (20 cohorts, N = 31,968); Asian subjects aged at least 25 years (7 cohorts, N = 9,295); White Europeans aged <25 years (4 cohorts, N = 5,640); and all independent individuals from the above three samples combined with a sample of Chinese subjects aged <25 years (N = 45,931). Participants were classified as cases with refractive astigmatism if the average cylinder power in their two eyes was at least 1.00 diopter and as controls otherwise. Genome-wide association analysis was carried out for each cohort separately using logistic regression. Meta-analysis was conducted using a fixed effects model. In the older European group the most strongly associated marker was downstream of the neurexin-1 (NRXN1) gene (rs1401327, P = 3.92E-8). No other region reached genome-wide significance, and association signals were lower for the younger European group and Asian group. In the meta-analysis of all cohorts, no marker reached genome-wide significance: The most strongly associated regions were, NRXN1 (rs1401327, P = 2.93E-07), TOX (rs7823467, P = 3.47E-07) and LINC00340 (rs12212674, P = 1.49E-06). For 34 markers identified in prior GWAS for spherical equivalent refractive error, the beta coefficients for genotype versus spherical equivalent, and genotype versus refractive astigmatism, were highly correlated (r = -0.59, P = 2.10E-04). This work revealed no consistent or strong genetic signals for refractive astigmatism; however, the TOX gene region previously identified in GWAS for spherical equivalent refractive error was the second most strongly associated region. Analysis of additional markers provided evidence supporting widespread genetic co-susceptibility for spherical and astigmatic refractive errors.
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Genome-wide association study of height-adjusted BMI in childhood identifies functional variant in ADCY3.
Obesity (Silver Spring)
PUBLISHED: 04-04-2014
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Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of BMI are mostly undertaken under the assumption that "kg/m(2) " is an index of weight fully adjusted for height, but in general this is not true. The aim here was to assess the contribution of common genetic variation to a adjusted version of that phenotype which appropriately accounts for covariation in height in children.
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Genome-wide association meta-analysis of human longevity identifies a novel locus conferring survival beyond 90 years of age.
Joris Deelen, Marian Beekman, Hae-Won Uh, Linda Broer, Kristin L Ayers, Qihua Tan, Yoichiro Kamatani, Anna M Bennet, Riin Tamm, Stella Trompet, Daníel F Guðbjartsson, Friederike Flachsbart, Giuseppina Rose, Alexander Viktorin, Krista Fischer, Marianne Nygaard, Heather J Cordell, Paolina Crocco, Erik B van den Akker, Stefan Böhringer, Quinta Helmer, Christopher P Nelson, Gary I Saunders, Maris Alver, Karen Andersen-Ranberg, Marie E Breen, Ruud van der Breggen, Amke Caliebe, Miriam Capri, Elisa Cevenini, Joanna C Collerton, Serena Dato, Karen Davies, Ian Ford, Jutta Gampe, Paolo Garagnani, Eco J C de Geus, Jennifer Harrow, Diana van Heemst, Bastiaan T Heijmans, Femke-Anouska Heinsen, Jouke-Jan Hottenga, Albert Hofman, Bernard Jeune, Palmi V Jonsson, Mark Lathrop, Doris Lechner, Carmen Martin-Ruiz, Susan E McNerlan, Evelin Mihailov, Alberto Montesanto, Simon P Mooijaart, Anne Murphy, Ellen A Nohr, Lavinia Paternoster, Iris Postmus, Fernando Rivadeneira, Owen A Ross, Stefano Salvioli, Naveed Sattar, Stefan Schreiber, Hreinn Stefansson, David J Stott, Henning Tiemeier, André G Uitterlinden, Rudi G J Westendorp, Gonneke Willemsen, Nilesh J Samani, Pilar Galán, Thorkild I A Sørensen, Dorret I Boomsma, J Wouter Jukema, Irene Maeve Rea, Giuseppe Passarino, Anton J M de Craen, Kaare Christensen, Almut Nebel, Kari Stefansson, Andres Metspalu, Patrik Magnusson, Hélène Blanché, Lene Christiansen, Thomas B L Kirkwood, Cornelia M van Duijn, Claudio Franceschi, Jeanine J Houwing-Duistermaat, P Eline Slagboom.
Hum. Mol. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 03-31-2014
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The genetic contribution to the variation in human lifespan is ? 25%. Despite the large number of identified disease-susceptibility loci, it is not known which loci influence population mortality. We performed a genome-wide association meta-analysis of 7729 long-lived individuals of European descent (? 85 years) and 16 121 younger controls (<65 years) followed by replication in an additional set of 13 060 long-lived individuals and 61 156 controls. In addition, we performed a subset analysis in cases aged ? 90 years. We observed genome-wide significant association with longevity, as reflected by survival to ages beyond 90 years, at a novel locus, rs2149954, on chromosome 5q33.3 (OR = 1.10, P = 1.74 × 10(-8)). We also confirmed association of rs4420638 on chromosome 19q13.32 (OR = 0.72, P = 3.40 × 10(-36)), representing the TOMM40/APOE/APOC1 locus. In a prospective meta-analysis (n = 34 103), the minor allele of rs2149954 (T) on chromosome 5q33.3 associates with increased survival (HR = 0.95, P = 0.003). This allele has previously been reported to associate with low blood pressure in middle age. Interestingly, the minor allele (T) associates with decreased cardiovascular mortality risk, independent of blood pressure. We report on the first GWAS-identified longevity locus on chromosome 5q33.3 influencing survival in the general European population. The minor allele of this locus associates with low blood pressure in middle age, although the contribution of this allele to survival may be less dependent on blood pressure. Hence, the pleiotropic mechanisms by which this intragenic variation contributes to lifespan regulation have to be elucidated.
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Severe osteoarthritis of the hand associates with common variants within the ALDH1A2 gene and with rare variants at 1p31.
Nat. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 03-19-2014
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Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is a major cause of pain and disability in the elderly. To search for sequence variants that confer risk of osteoarthritis of the hand, we carried out a genome-wide association study (GWAS) in subjects with severe hand osteoarthritis, using variants identified through the whole-genome sequencing of 2,230 Icelanders. We found two significantly associated loci in the Icelandic discovery set: at 15q22 (frequency of 50.7%, odds ratio (OR) = 1.51, P = 3.99 × 10(-10)) in the ALDH1A2 gene and at 1p31 (frequency of 0.02%, OR = 50.6, P = 9.8 × 10(-10)). Among the carriers of the variant at 1p31 is a family with several members in whom the risk allele segregates with osteoarthritis. The variants within the ALDH1A2 gene were confirmed in replication sets from The Netherlands and the UK, yielding an overall association of OR = 1.46 and P = 1.1 × 10(-11) (rs3204689).
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Effects of long-term averaging of quantitative blood pressure traits on the detection of genetic associations.
Am. J. Hum. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 03-13-2014
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Blood pressure (BP) is a heritable, quantitative trait with intraindividual variability and susceptibility to measurement error. Genetic studies of BP generally use single-visit measurements and thus cannot remove variability occurring over months or years. We leveraged the idea that averaging BP measured across time would improve phenotypic accuracy and thereby increase statistical power to detect genetic associations. We studied systolic BP (SBP), diastolic BP (DBP), mean arterial pressure (MAP), and pulse pressure (PP) averaged over multiple years in 46,629 individuals of European ancestry. We identified 39 trait-variant associations across 19 independent loci (p < 5 × 10(-8)); five associations (in four loci) uniquely identified by our LTA analyses included those of SBP and MAP at 2p23 (rs1275988, near KCNK3), DBP at 2q11.2 (rs7599598, in FER1L5), and PP at 6p21 (rs10948071, near CRIP3) and 7p13 (rs2949837, near IGFBP3). Replication analyses conducted in cohorts with single-visit BP data showed positive replication of associations and a nominal association (p < 0.05). We estimated a 20% gain in statistical power with long-term average (LTA) as compared to single-visit BP association studies. Using LTA analysis, we identified genetic loci influencing BP. LTA might be one way of increasing the power of genetic associations for continuous traits in extant samples for other phenotypes that are measured serially over time.
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Improving accuracy of rare variant imputation with a two-step imputation approach.
Eur. J. Hum. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 03-05-2014
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Genotype imputation has been the pillar of the success of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) for identifying common variants associated with common diseases. However, most GWAS have been run using only 60 HapMap samples as reference for imputation, meaning less frequent and rare variants not being comprehensively scrutinized. Next-generation arrays ensuring sufficient coverage together with new reference panels, as the 1000 Genomes panel, are emerging to facilitate imputation of low frequent single-nucleotide polymorphisms (minor allele frequency (MAF) <5%). In this study, we present a two-step imputation approach improving the quality of the 1000 Genomes imputation by genotyping only a subset of samples to create a local reference population on a dense array with many low-frequency markers. In this approach, the study sample, genotyped with a first generation array, is imputed first to the local reference sample genotyped on a dense array and hereafter to the 1000 Genomes reference panel. We show that mean imputation quality, measured by the r(2) using this approach, increases by 28% for variants with a MAF between 1 and 5% as compared with direct imputation to 1000 Genomes reference. Similarly, the concordance rate between calls of imputed and true genotypes was found to be significantly higher for heterozygotes (P<1e-15) and rare homozygote calls (P<1e-15) in this low frequency range. The two-step approach in our setting improves imputation quality compared with traditional direct imputation noteworthy in the low-frequency spectrum and is a cost-effective strategy in large epidemiological studies.European Journal of Human Genetics advance online publication, 18 June 2014; doi:10.1038/ejhg.2014.91.
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Pharmacogenetic meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies of LDL cholesterol response to statins.
Iris Postmus, Stella Trompet, Harshal A Deshmukh, Michael R Barnes, Xiaohui Li, Helen R Warren, Daniel I Chasman, Kaixin Zhou, Benoit J Arsenault, Louise A Donnelly, Kerri L Wiggins, Christy L Avery, Paula Griffin, QiPing Feng, Kent D Taylor, Guo Li, Daniel S Evans, Albert V Smith, Catherine E de Keyser, Andrew D Johnson, Anton J M de Craen, David J Stott, Brendan M Buckley, Ian Ford, Rudi G J Westendorp, P Eline Slagboom, Naveed Sattar, Patricia B Munroe, Peter Sever, Neil Poulter, Alice Stanton, Denis C Shields, Eoin O'Brien, Sue Shaw-Hawkins, Y-D Ida Chen, Deborah A Nickerson, Joshua D Smith, Marie Pierre Dubé, S Matthijs Boekholdt, G Kees Hovingh, John J P Kastelein, Paul M McKeigue, John Betteridge, Andrew Neil, Paul N Durrington, Alex Doney, Fiona Carr, Andrew Morris, Mark I McCarthy, Leif Groop, Emma Ahlqvist, , Joshua C Bis, Kenneth Rice, Nicholas L Smith, Thomas Lumley, Eric A Whitsel, Til Stürmer, Eric Boerwinkle, Julius S Ngwa, Christopher J O'Donnell, Ramachandran S Vasan, Wei-Qi Wei, Russell A Wilke, Ching-Ti Liu, Fangui Sun, Xiuqing Guo, Susan R Heckbert, Wendy Post, Nona Sotoodehnia, Alice M Arnold, Jeanette M Stafford, Jingzhong Ding, David M Herrington, Stephen B Kritchevsky, Gudny Eiriksdottir, Leonore J Launer, Tamara B Harris, Audrey Y Chu, Franco Giulianini, Jean G MacFadyen, Bryan J Barratt, Fredrik Nyberg, Bruno H Stricker, André G Uitterlinden, Albert Hofman, Fernando Rivadeneira, Valur Emilsson, Oscar H Franco, Paul M Ridker, Vilmundur Gudnason, Yongmei Liu, Joshua C Denny, Christie M Ballantyne, Jerome I Rotter, L Adrienne Cupples, Bruce M Psaty, Colin N A Palmer, Jean-Claude Tardif, Helen M Colhoun, Graham Hitman, Ronald M Krauss, J Wouter Jukema, Mark J Caulfield.
Nat Commun
PUBLISHED: 02-27-2014
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Statins effectively lower LDL cholesterol levels in large studies and the observed interindividual response variability may be partially explained by genetic variation. Here we perform a pharmacogenetic meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in studies addressing the LDL cholesterol response to statins, including up to 18,596 statin-treated subjects. We validate the most promising signals in a further 22,318 statin recipients and identify two loci, SORT1/CELSR2/PSRC1 and SLCO1B1, not previously identified in GWAS. Moreover, we confirm the previously described associations with APOE and LPA. Our findings advance the understanding of the pharmacogenetic architecture of statin response.
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Bone mineral density and chronic lung disease mortality: the rotterdam study.
J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab.
PUBLISHED: 02-25-2014
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Low bone mineral density (BMD) has been associated with increased all-cause mortality. Cause-specific mortality studies have been controversial.
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Gene-age interactions in blood pressure regulation: a large-scale investigation with the CHARGE, Global BPgen, and ICBP Consortia.
Jeannette Simino, Gang Shi, Joshua C Bis, Daniel I Chasman, Georg B Ehret, Xiangjun Gu, Xiuqing Guo, Shih-Jen Hwang, Eric Sijbrands, Albert V Smith, Germaine C Verwoert, Jennifer L Bragg-Gresham, Gemma Cadby, Peng Chen, Ching-Yu Cheng, Tanguy Corre, Rudolf A de Boer, Anuj Goel, Toby Johnson, Chiea-Chuen Khor, , Carla Lluis-Ganella, Jian'an Luan, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Ilja M Nolte, Xueling Sim, Siim Sõber, Peter J van der Most, Niek Verweij, Jing Hua Zhao, Najaf Amin, Eric Boerwinkle, Claude Bouchard, Abbas Dehghan, Gudny Eiriksdottir, Roberto Elosua, Oscar H Franco, Christian Gieger, Tamara B Harris, Serge Hercberg, Albert Hofman, Alan L James, Andrew D Johnson, Mika Kähönen, Kay-Tee Khaw, Zoltan Kutalik, Martin G Larson, Lenore J Launer, Guo Li, Jianjun Liu, Kiang Liu, Alanna C Morrison, Gerjan Navis, Rick Twee-Hee Ong, George J Papanicolau, Brenda W Penninx, Bruce M Psaty, Leslie J Raffel, Olli T Raitakari, Kenneth Rice, Fernando Rivadeneira, Lynda M Rose, Serena Sanna, Robert A Scott, David S Siscovick, Ronald P Stolk, André G Uitterlinden, Dhananjay Vaidya, Melanie M van der Klauw, Ramachandran S Vasan, Eranga Nishanthie Vithana, Uwe Völker, Henry Völzke, Hugh Watkins, Terri L Young, Tin Aung, Murielle Bochud, Martin Farrall, Catharina A Hartman, Maris Laan, Edward G Lakatta, Terho Lehtimäki, Ruth J F Loos, Gavin Lucas, Pierre Meneton, Lyle J Palmer, Rainer Rettig, Harold Snieder, E Shyong Tai, Yik-Ying Teo, Pim van der Harst, Nicholas J Wareham, Cisca Wijmenga, Tien Yin Wong, Myriam Fornage, Vilmundur Gudnason, Daniel Levy, Walter Palmas, Paul M Ridker, Jerome I Rotter, Cornelia M van Duijn, Jacqueline C M Witteman, Aravinda Chakravarti, Dabeeru C Rao.
Am. J. Hum. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 02-22-2014
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Although age-dependent effects on blood pressure (BP) have been reported, they have not been systematically investigated in large-scale genome-wide association studies (GWASs). We leveraged the infrastructure of three well-established consortia (CHARGE, GBPgen, and ICBP) and a nonstandard approach (age stratification and metaregression) to conduct a genome-wide search of common variants with age-dependent effects on systolic (SBP), diastolic (DBP), mean arterial (MAP), and pulse (PP) pressure. In a two-staged design using 99,241 individuals of European ancestry, we identified 20 genome-wide significant (p ? 5 × 10(-8)) loci by using joint tests of the SNP main effect and SNP-age interaction. Nine of the significant loci demonstrated nominal evidence of age-dependent effects on BP by tests of the interactions alone. Index SNPs in the EHBP1L1 (DBP and MAP), CASZ1 (SBP and MAP), and GOSR2 (PP) loci exhibited the largest age interactions, with opposite directions of effect in the young versus the old. The changes in the genetic effects over time were small but nonnegligible (up to 1.58 mm Hg over 60 years). The EHBP1L1 locus was discovered through gene-age interactions only in whites but had DBP main effects replicated (p = 8.3 × 10(-4)) in 8,682 Asians from Singapore, indicating potential interethnic heterogeneity. A secondary analysis revealed 22 loci with evidence of age-specific effects (e.g., only in 20 to 29-year-olds). Age can be used to select samples with larger genetic effect sizes and more homogenous phenotypes, which may increase statistical power. Age-dependent effects identified through novel statistical approaches can provide insight into the biology and temporal regulation underlying BP associations.
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A genome-wide association meta-analysis of preschool internalizing problems.
J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry
PUBLISHED: 02-19-2014
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Preschool internalizing problems (INT) are highly heritable and moderately genetically stable from childhood into adulthood. Gene-finding studies are scarce. In this study, the influence of genome-wide measured single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) was investigated in 3 cohorts (total N = 4,596 children) in which INT was assessed with the same instrument, the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL).
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Foetal and childhood growth patterns associated with bone mass in school-age children. The Generation R Study.
J. Bone Miner. Res.
PUBLISHED: 02-16-2014
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Low birth weight is associated with lower bone accrual in children and peak bone mass in adults. We assessed how different patterns of longitudinal foetal and early childhood growth influence bone properties at school age. In 5,431 children participating in a population-based prospective cohort study, we measured foetal growth by ultrasound at 20 and 30 weeks gestation, and childhood growth at birth, 1, 2, 3 and 4 years of age. We analyzed these growth measurements in relation to total body (less head) BMD measured by DXA at age 6. We used conditional growth modelling; a technique which takes into account correlation between repeatedly measured growth measures. Our results showed that estimated foetal weight gain, femur length growth between 20 and 30 weeks gestation, femur length growth between 30 weeks and birth, as well as all height and weight growth measurements from birth to 4 years of age were all positively associated with BMC, BA and BMD (all P<0.01). Foetal femur length growth between 30 weeks and birth was positively associated with BMC and BA (both P<0.001), but not with BMD. Overall, childhood growth measurements exerted a larger influence on bone measures than foetal growth measures. The strongest effect estimate was observed during the first year of life. Children born small (<10(th) percentile) for gestational age (SGA) had lower BMC and BA, but not BMD, than children born appropriate for gestational age (AGA),whereas children born large (>90(th) percentile) for gestational age (LGA) had higher BMC and BA (all P<0.001). These differences were no longer present in children showing subsequent accelerated and decelerated infant growth, respectively. We conclude that both foetal and childhood growth patterns are associated with bone mineral accrual, showing the strongest effect estimates in infancy. Compensatory infant growth counteracts the adverse consequences of foetal growth restriction on bone development. © 2014 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.
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Genome-wide association study for radiographic vertebral fractures: a potential role for the 16q24 BMD locus.
Bone
PUBLISHED: 02-12-2014
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Vertebral fracture risk is a heritable complex trait. The aim of this study was to identify genetic susceptibility factors for osteoporotic vertebral fractures applying a genome-wide association study (GWAS) approach. The GWAS discovery was based on the Rotterdam Study, a population-based study of elderly Dutch individuals aged > 55 years; and comprising 329 cases and 2666 controls with radiographic scoring (McCloskey–Kanis) and genetic data. Replication of one top-associated SNP was pursued by de-novo genotyping of 15 independent studies across Europe, the United States, and Australia and one Asian study. Radiographic vertebral fracture assessment was performed using McCloskey–Kanis or Genant semi-quantitative definitions. SNPs were analyzed in relation to vertebral fracture using logistic regression models corrected for age and sex. Fixed effects inverse variance and Han–Eskin alternative random effects meta-analyses were applied. Genome-wide significance was set at p < 5 × 10? 8. In the discovery, a SNP (rs11645938) on chromosome 16q24 was associated with the risk for vertebral fractures at p = 4.6 × 10? 8. However, the association was not significant across 5720 cases and 21,791 controls from 14 studies. Fixed-effects meta-analysis summary estimate was 1.06 (95% CI: 0.98–1.14; p = 0.17), displaying high degree of heterogeneity (I2 = 57%; Qhet p = 0.0006). Under Han–Eskin alternative random effects model the summary effect was significant (p = 0.0005). The SNP maps to a region previously found associated with lumbar spine bone mineral density (LS-BMD) in two large meta-analyses from the GEFOS consortium. A false positive association in the GWAS discovery cannot be excluded, yet, the low-powered setting of the discovery and replication settings (appropriate to identify risk effect size > 1.25) may still be consistent with an effect size < 1.10, more of the type expected in complex traits. Larger effort in studies with standardized phenotype definitions is needed to confirm or reject the involvement of this locus on the risk for vertebral fractures.
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A genome-wide association study of early-onset breast cancer identifies PFKM as a novel breast cancer gene and supports a common genetic spectrum for breast cancer at any age.
Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev.
PUBLISHED: 02-03-2014
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Early-onset breast cancer (EOBC) causes substantial loss of life and productivity, creating a major burden among women worldwide. We analyzed 1,265,548 Hapmap3 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) among a discovery set of 3,523 EOBC incident cases and 2,702 population control women ages ? 51 years. The SNPs with smallest P values were examined in a replication set of 3,470 EOBC cases and 5,475 control women. We also tested EOBC association with 19,684 genes by annotating each gene with putative functional SNPs, and then combining their P values to obtain a gene-based P value. We examined the gene with smallest P value for replication in 1,145 breast cancer cases and 1,142 control women. The combined discovery and replication sets identified 72 new SNPs associated with EOBC (P < 4 × 10(-8)) located in six genomic regions previously reported to contain SNPs associated largely with later-onset breast cancer (LOBC). SNP rs2229882 and 10 other SNPs on chromosome 5q11.2 remained associated (P < 6 × 10(-4)) after adjustment for the strongest published SNPs in the region. Thirty-two of the 82 currently known LOBC SNPs were associated with EOBC (P < 0.05). Low power is likely responsible for the remaining 50 unassociated known LOBC SNPs. The gene-based analysis identified an association between breast cancer and the phosphofructokinase-muscle (PFKM) gene on chromosome 12q13.11 that met the genome-wide gene-based threshold of 2.5 × 10(-6). In conclusion, EOBC and LOBC seem to have similar genetic etiologies; the 5q11.2 region may contain multiple distinct breast cancer loci; and the PFKM gene region is worthy of further investigation. These findings should enhance our understanding of the etiology of breast cancer.
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Identification of novel genetic Loci associated with thyroid peroxidase antibodies and clinical thyroid disease.
Marco Medici, Eleonora Porcu, Giorgio Pistis, Alexander Teumer, Suzanne J Brown, Richard A Jensen, Rajesh Rawal, Greet L Roef, Theo S Plantinga, Sita H Vermeulen, Jari Lahti, Matthew J Simmonds, Lise Lotte N Husemoen, Rachel M Freathy, Beverley M Shields, Diana Pietzner, Rebecca Nagy, Linda Broer, Layal Chaker, Tim I M Korevaar, Maria Grazia Plia, Cinzia Sala, Uwe Völker, J Brent Richards, Fred C Sweep, Christian Gieger, Tanguy Corre, Eero Kajantie, Betina Thuesen, Youri E Taes, W Edward Visser, Andrew T Hattersley, Jürgen Kratzsch, Alexander Hamilton, Wei Li, Georg Homuth, Monia Lobina, Stefano Mariotti, Nicole Soranzo, Massimiliano Cocca, Matthias Nauck, Christin Spielhagen, Alec Ross, Alice Arnold, Martijn van de Bunt, Sandya Liyanarachchi, Margit Heier, Hans Jörgen Grabe, Corrado Masciullo, Tessel E Galesloot, Ee M Lim, Eva Reischl, Peter J Leedman, Sandra Lai, Alessandro Delitala, Alexandra P Bremner, David I W Philips, John P Beilby, Antonella Mulas, Matteo Vocale, Goncalo Abecasis, Tom Forsén, Alan James, Elisabeth Widén, Jennie Hui, Holger Prokisch, Ernst E Rietzschel, Aarno Palotie, Peter Feddema, Stephen J Fletcher, Katharina Schramm, Jerome I Rotter, Alexander Kluttig, Dörte Radke, Michela Traglia, Gabriela L Surdulescu, Huiling He, Jayne A Franklyn, Daniel Tiller, Bijay Vaidya, Tim de Meyer, Torben Jørgensen, Johan G Eriksson, Peter C O'Leary, Eric Wichmann, Ad R Hermus, Bruce M Psaty, Till Ittermann, Albert Hofman, Emanuele Bosi, David Schlessinger, Henri Wallaschofski, Nicola Pirastu, Yurii S Aulchenko, Albert de la Chapelle, Romana T Netea-Maier, Stephen C L Gough, Henriette Meyer zu Schwabedissen, Timothy M Frayling, Jean-Marc Kaufman, Allan Linneberg, Katri Räikkönen, Johannes W A Smit, Lambertus A Kiemeney, Fernando Rivadeneira, André G Uitterlinden, John P Walsh, Christa Meisinger, Martin den Heijer, Theo J Visser, Timothy D Spector, Scott G Wilson, Henry Völzke, Anne Cappola, Daniela Toniolo, Serena Sanna, Silvia Naitza, Robin P Peeters.
PLoS Genet.
PUBLISHED: 02-01-2014
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Autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITD) are common, affecting 2-5% of the general population. Individuals with positive thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPOAbs) have an increased risk of autoimmune hypothyroidism (Hashimoto's thyroiditis), as well as autoimmune hyperthyroidism (Graves' disease). As the possible causative genes of TPOAbs and AITD remain largely unknown, we performed GWAS meta-analyses in 18,297 individuals for TPOAb-positivity (1769 TPOAb-positives and 16,528 TPOAb-negatives) and in 12,353 individuals for TPOAb serum levels, with replication in 8,990 individuals. Significant associations (P<5×10(-8)) were detected at TPO-rs11675434, ATXN2-rs653178, and BACH2-rs10944479 for TPOAb-positivity, and at TPO-rs11675434, MAGI3-rs1230666, and KALRN-rs2010099 for TPOAb levels. Individual and combined effects (genetic risk scores) of these variants on (subclinical) hypo- and hyperthyroidism, goiter and thyroid cancer were studied. Individuals with a high genetic risk score had, besides an increased risk of TPOAb-positivity (OR: 2.18, 95% CI 1.68-2.81, P?=?8.1×10(-8)), a higher risk of increased thyroid-stimulating hormone levels (OR: 1.51, 95% CI 1.26-1.82, P?=?2.9×10(-6)), as well as a decreased risk of goiter (OR: 0.77, 95% CI 0.66-0.89, P?=?6.5×10(-4)). The MAGI3 and BACH2 variants were associated with an increased risk of hyperthyroidism, which was replicated in an independent cohort of patients with Graves' disease (OR: 1.37, 95% CI 1.22-1.54, P?=?1.2×10(-7) and OR: 1.25, 95% CI 1.12-1.39, P?=?6.2×10(-5)). The MAGI3 variant was also associated with an increased risk of hypothyroidism (OR: 1.57, 95% CI 1.18-2.10, P?=?1.9×10(-3)). This first GWAS meta-analysis for TPOAbs identified five newly associated loci, three of which were also associated with clinical thyroid disease. With these markers we identified a large subgroup in the general population with a substantially increased risk of TPOAbs. The results provide insight into why individuals with thyroid autoimmunity do or do not eventually develop thyroid disease, and these markers may therefore predict which TPOAb-positives are particularly at risk of developing clinical thyroid dysfunction.
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Improved imputation quality of low-frequency and rare variants in European samples using the 'Genome of The Netherlands'.
Eur. J. Hum. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 01-16-2014
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Although genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified many common variants associated with complex traits, low-frequency and rare variants have not been interrogated in a comprehensive manner. Imputation from dense reference panels, such as the 1000 Genomes Project (1000G), enables testing of ungenotyped variants for association. Here we present the results of imputation using a large, new population-specific panel: the Genome of The Netherlands (GoNL). We benchmarked the performance of the 1000G and GoNL reference sets by comparing imputation genotypes with 'true' genotypes typed on ImmunoChip in three European populations (Dutch, British, and Italian). GoNL showed significant improvement in the imputation quality for rare variants (MAF 0.05-0.5%) compared with 1000G. In Dutch samples, the mean observed Pearson correlation, r(2), increased from 0.61 to 0.71. We also saw improved imputation accuracy for other European populations (in the British samples, r(2) improved from 0.58 to 0.65, and in the Italians from 0.43 to 0.47). A combined reference set comprising 1000G and GoNL improved the imputation of rare variants even further. The Italian samples benefitted the most from this combined reference (the mean r(2) increased from 0.47 to 0.50). We conclude that the creation of a large population-specific reference is advantageous for imputing rare variants and that a combined reference panel across multiple populations yields the best imputation results.
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Common variation near ROBO2 is associated with expressive vocabulary in infancy.
Nat Commun
PUBLISHED: 01-15-2014
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Twin studies suggest that expressive vocabulary at ~24 months is modestly heritable. However, the genes influencing this early linguistic phenotype are unknown. Here we conduct a genome-wide screen and follow-up study of expressive vocabulary in toddlers of European descent from up to four studies of the EArly Genetics and Lifecourse Epidemiology consortium, analysing an early (15-18 months, 'one-word stage', N(Total) = 8,889) and a later (24-30 months, 'two-word stage', N(Total)=10,819) phase of language acquisition. For the early phase, one single-nucleotide polymorphism (rs7642482) at 3p12.3 near ROBO2, encoding a conserved axon-binding receptor, reaches the genome-wide significance level (P=1.3 × 10(-8)) in the combined sample. This association links language-related common genetic variation in the general population to a potential autism susceptibility locus and a linkage region for dyslexia, speech-sound disorder and reading. The contribution of common genetic influences is, although modest, supported by genome-wide complex trait analysis (meta-GCTA h(2)(15-18-months) = 0.13, meta-GCTA h(2)(24-30-months) = 0.14) and in concordance with additional twin analysis (5,733 pairs of European descent, h(2)(24-months) = 0.20).
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Genetic determinants of heel bone properties: genome-wide association meta-analysis and replication in the GEFOS/GENOMOS consortium.
Alireza Moayyeri, Yi-Hsiang Hsu, David Karasik, Karol Estrada, Su-Mei Xiao, Carrie Nielson, Priya Srikanth, Sylvie Giroux, Scott G Wilson, Hou-Feng Zheng, Albert V Smith, Stephen R Pye, Paul J Leo, Alexander Teumer, Joo-Yeon Hwang, Claes Ohlsson, Fiona McGuigan, Ryan L Minster, Caroline Hayward, José M Olmos, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Joshua R Lewis, Karin M A Swart, Laura Masi, Chris Oldmeadow, Elizabeth G Holliday, Sulin Cheng, Natasja M van Schoor, Nicholas C Harvey, Marcin Kruk, Fabiola Del Greco M, Wilmar Igl, Olivia Trummer, Efi Grigoriou, Robert Luben, Ching-Ti Liu, Yanhua Zhou, Ling Oei, Carolina Medina-Gomez, Joseph Zmuda, Greg Tranah, Suzanne J Brown, Frances M Williams, Nicole Soranzo, Johanna Jakobsdottir, Kristin Siggeirsdottir, Kate L Holliday, Anke Hannemann, Min Jin Go, Melissa Garcia, Ozren Polašek, Marika Laaksonen, Kun Zhu, Anke W Enneman, Mark McEvoy, Roseanne Peel, Pak Chung Sham, Maciej Jaworski, Asa Johansson, Andrew A Hicks, Pawel Pludowski, Rodney Scott, Rosalie A M Dhonukshe-Rutten, Nathalie van der Velde, Mika Kähönen, Jorma S Viikari, Harri Sievänen, Olli T Raitakari, Jesús González-Macías, José L Hernández, Dan Mellström, Osten Ljunggren, Yoon Shin Cho, Uwe Völker, Matthias Nauck, Georg Homuth, Henry Völzke, Robin Haring, Matthew A Brown, Eugene McCloskey, Geoffrey C Nicholson, Richard Eastell, John A Eisman, Graeme Jones, Ian R Reid, Elaine M Dennison, John Wark, Steven Boonen, Dirk Vanderschueren, Frederick C W Wu, Thor Aspelund, J Brent Richards, Doug Bauer, Albert Hofman, Kay-Tee Khaw, George Dedoussis, Barbara Obermayer-Pietsch, Ulf Gyllensten, Peter P Pramstaller, Roman S Lorenc, Cyrus Cooper, Annie Wai Chee Kung, Paul Lips, Markku Alen, John Attia, Maria Luisa Brandi, Lisette C P G M de Groot, Terho Lehtimäki, José A Riancho, Harry Campbell, Yongmei Liu, Tamara B Harris, Kristina Akesson, Magnus Karlsson, Jong-Young Lee, Henri Wallaschofski, Emma L Duncan, Terence W O'Neill, Vilmundur Gudnason, Timothy D Spector, François Rousseau, Eric Orwoll, Steven R Cummings, Nick J Wareham, Fernando Rivadeneira, André G Uitterlinden, Richard L Prince, Douglas P Kiel, Jonathan Reeve, Stephen K Kaptoge.
Hum. Mol. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 01-14-2014
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Quantitative ultrasound of the heel captures heel bone properties that independently predict fracture risk and, with bone mineral density (BMD) assessed by X-ray (DXA), may be convenient alternatives for evaluating osteoporosis and fracture risk. We performed a meta-analysis of genome-wide association (GWA) studies to assess the genetic determinants of heel broadband ultrasound attenuation (BUA; n = 14 260), velocity of sound (VOS; n = 15 514) and BMD (n = 4566) in 13 discovery cohorts. Independent replication involved seven cohorts with GWA data (in silico n = 11 452) and new genotyping in 15 cohorts (de novo n = 24 902). In combined random effects, meta-analysis of the discovery and replication cohorts, nine single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) had genome-wide significant (P < 5 × 10(-8)) associations with heel bone properties. Alongside SNPs within or near previously identified osteoporosis susceptibility genes including ESR1 (6q25.1: rs4869739, rs3020331, rs2982552), SPTBN1 (2p16.2: rs11898505), RSPO3 (6q22.33: rs7741021), WNT16 (7q31.31: rs2908007), DKK1 (10q21.1: rs7902708) and GPATCH1 (19q13.11: rs10416265), we identified a new locus on chromosome 11q14.2 (rs597319 close to TMEM135, a gene recently linked to osteoblastogenesis and longevity) significantly associated with both BUA and VOS (P < 8.23 × 10(-14)). In meta-analyses involving 25 cohorts with up to 14 985 fracture cases, six of 10 SNPs associated with heel bone properties at P < 5 × 10(-6) also had the expected direction of association with any fracture (P < 0.05), including three SNPs with P < 0.005: 6q22.33 (rs7741021), 7q31.31 (rs2908007) and 10q21.1 (rs7902708). In conclusion, this GWA study reveals the effect of several genes common to central DXA-derived BMD and heel ultrasound/DXA measures and points to a new genetic locus with potential implications for better understanding of osteoporosis pathophysiology.
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The Challenges of Genome-Wide Interaction Studies: Lessons to Learn from the Analysis of HDL Blood Levels.
PLoS ONE
PUBLISHED: 01-01-2014
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Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have revealed 74 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) blood levels. This study is, to our knowledge, the first genome-wide interaction study (GWIS) to identify SNP×SNP interactions associated with HDL levels. We performed a GWIS in the Rotterdam Study (RS) cohort I (RS-I) using the GLIDE tool which leverages the massively parallel computing power of Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) to perform linear regression on all genome-wide pairs of SNPs. By performing a meta-analysis together with Rotterdam Study cohorts II and III (RS-II and RS-III), we were able to filter 181 interaction terms with a p-value<1 · 10-8 that replicated in the two independent cohorts. We were not able to replicate any of these interaction term in the AGES, ARIC, CHS, ERF, FHS and NFBC-66 cohorts (Ntotal?=?30,011) when adjusting for multiple testing. Our GWIS resulted in the consistent finding of a possible interaction between rs774801 in ARMC8 (ENSG00000114098) and rs12442098 in SPATA8 (ENSG00000185594) being associated with HDL levels. However, p-values do not reach the preset Bonferroni correction of the p-values. Our study suggest that even for highly genetically determined traits such as HDL the sample sizes needed to detect SNP×SNP interactions are large and the 2-step filtering approaches do not yield a solution. Here we present our analysis plan and our reservations concerning GWIS.
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Genome-wide meta-analysis of myopia and hyperopia provides evidence for replication of 11 loci.
PLoS ONE
PUBLISHED: 01-01-2014
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Refractive error (RE) is a complex, multifactorial disorder characterized by a mismatch between the optical power of the eye and its axial length that causes object images to be focused off the retina. The two major subtypes of RE are myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness), which represent opposite ends of the distribution of the quantitative measure of spherical refraction. We performed a fixed effects meta-analysis of genome-wide association results of myopia and hyperopia from 9 studies of European-derived populations: AREDS, KORA, FES, OGP-Talana, MESA, RSI, RSII, RSIII and ERF. One genome-wide significant region was observed for myopia, corresponding to a previously identified myopia locus on 8q12 (p?=?1.25×10(-8)), which has been reported by Kiefer et al. as significantly associated with myopia age at onset and Verhoeven et al. as significantly associated to mean spherical-equivalent (MSE) refractive error. We observed two genome-wide significant associations with hyperopia. These regions overlapped with loci on 15q14 (minimum p value?=?9.11×10(-11)) and 8q12 (minimum p value 1.82×10(-11)) previously reported for MSE and myopia age at onset. We also used an intermarker linkage- disequilibrium-based method for calculating the effective number of tests in targeted regional replication analyses. We analyzed myopia (which represents the closest phenotype in our data to the one used by Kiefer et al.) and showed replication of 10 additional loci associated with myopia previously reported by Kiefer et al. This is the first replication of these loci using myopia as the trait under analysis. "Replication-level" association was also seen between hyperopia and 12 of Kiefer et al.'s published loci. For the loci that show evidence of association to both myopia and hyperopia, the estimated effect of the risk alleles were in opposite directions for the two traits. This suggests that these loci are important contributors to variation of refractive error across the distribution.
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Large-scale genome-wide association studies and meta-analyses of longitudinal change in adult lung function.
PLoS ONE
PUBLISHED: 01-01-2014
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Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified numerous loci influencing cross-sectional lung function, but less is known about genes influencing longitudinal change in lung function.
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Susceptibility to chronic mucus hypersecretion, a genome wide association study.
PLoS ONE
PUBLISHED: 01-01-2014
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Chronic mucus hypersecretion (CMH) is associated with an increased frequency of respiratory infections, excess lung function decline, and increased hospitalisation and mortality rates in the general population. It is associated with smoking, but it is unknown why only a minority of smokers develops CMH. A plausible explanation for this phenomenon is a predisposing genetic constitution. Therefore, we performed a genome wide association (GWA) study of CMH in Caucasian populations.
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A genome-wide copy number association study of osteoporotic fractures points to the 6p25.1 locus.
J. Med. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 12-16-2013
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Osteoporosis is a systemic skeletal disease characterised by reduced bone mineral density and increased susceptibility to fracture; these traits are highly heritable. Both common and rare copy number variants (CNVs) potentially affect the function of genes and may influence disease risk.
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Multistage genome-wide association meta-analyses identified two new loci for bone mineral density.
Hum. Mol. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 11-17-2013
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Aiming to identify novel genetic variants and to confirm previously identified genetic variants associated with bone mineral density (BMD), we conducted a three-stage genome-wide association (GWA) meta-analysis in 27 061 study subjects. Stage 1 meta-analyzed seven GWA samples and 11 140 subjects for BMDs at the lumbar spine, hip and femoral neck, followed by a Stage 2 in silico replication of 33 SNPs in 9258 subjects, and by a Stage 3 de novo validation of three SNPs in 6663 subjects. Combining evidence from all the stages, we have identified two novel loci that have not been reported previously at the genome-wide significance (GWS; 5.0 × 10(-8)) level: 14q24.2 (rs227425, P-value 3.98 × 10(-13), SMOC1) in the combined sample of males and females and 21q22.13 (rs170183, P-value 4.15 × 10(-9), CLDN14) in the female-specific sample. The two newly identified SNPs were also significant in the GEnetic Factors for OSteoporosis consortium (GEFOS, n = 32 960) summary results. We have also independently confirmed 13 previously reported loci at the GWS level: 1p36.12 (ZBTB40), 1p31.3 (GPR177), 4p16.3 (FGFRL1), 4q22.1 (MEPE), 5q14.3 (MEF2C), 6q25.1 (C6orf97, ESR1), 7q21.3 (FLJ42280, SHFM1), 7q31.31 (FAM3C, WNT16), 8q24.12 (TNFRSF11B), 11p15.3 (SOX6), 11q13.4 (LRP5), 13q14.11 (AKAP11) and 16q24 (FOXL1). Gene expression analysis in osteogenic cells implied potential functional association of the two candidate genes (SMOC1 and CLDN14) in bone metabolism. Our findings independently confirm previously identified biological pathways underlying bone metabolism and contribute to the discovery of novel pathways, thus providing valuable insights into the intervention and treatment of osteoporosis.
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Health in children: A conceptual framework for use in healthy ageing research.
Maturitas
PUBLISHED: 09-16-2013
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With increasing life expectancy, there is a focus on "healthy ageing". Most activities in this area focus on the elderly. However, the ageing process starts much earlier. Childhood offers an important window to lay a base for future healthy ageing. Thus, to address the full ageing process, we should include younger populations in ageing research. If we aim for healthy ageing across the life course, we need to clarify the meaning of health at different ages. The aim of this paper was to develop a conceptual framework for child health, which can be used as a starting point for healthy ageing research from a life course perspective.
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Discovery and refinement of loci associated with lipid levels.
, Cristen J Willer, Ellen M Schmidt, Sebanti Sengupta, Gina M Peloso, Stefan Gustafsson, Stavroula Kanoni, Andrea Ganna, Jin Chen, Martin L Buchkovich, Samia Mora, Jacques S Beckmann, Jennifer L Bragg-Gresham, Hsing-Yi Chang, Ayse Demirkan, Heleen M den Hertog, Ron Do, Louise A Donnelly, Georg B Ehret, Tonu Esko, Mary F Feitosa, Teresa Ferreira, Krista Fischer, Pierre Fontanillas, Ross M Fraser, Daniel F Freitag, Deepti Gurdasani, Kauko Heikkilä, Elina Hyppönen, Aaron Isaacs, Anne U Jackson, Asa Johansson, Toby Johnson, Marika Kaakinen, Johannes Kettunen, Marcus E Kleber, Xiaohui Li, Jian'an Luan, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Patrik K E Magnusson, Massimo Mangino, Evelin Mihailov, May E Montasser, Martina Müller-Nurasyid, Ilja M Nolte, Jeffrey R O'Connell, Cameron D Palmer, Markus Perola, Ann-Kristin Petersen, Serena Sanna, Richa Saxena, Susan K Service, Sonia Shah, Dmitry Shungin, Carlo Sidore, Ci Song, Rona J Strawbridge, Ida Surakka, Toshiko Tanaka, Tanya M Teslovich, Gudmar Thorleifsson, Evita G van den Herik, Benjamin F Voight, Kelly A Volcik, Lindsay L Waite, Andrew Wong, Ying Wu, Weihua Zhang, Devin Absher, Gershim Asiki, Inês Barroso, Latonya F Been, Jennifer L Bolton, Lori L Bonnycastle, Paolo Brambilla, Mary S Burnett, Giancarlo Cesana, Maria Dimitriou, Alex S F Doney, Angela Döring, Paul Elliott, Stephen E Epstein, Gudmundur Ingi Eyjolfsson, Bruna Gigante, Mark O Goodarzi, Harald Grallert, Martha L Gravito, Christopher J Groves, Göran Hallmans, Anna-Liisa Hartikainen, Caroline Hayward, Dena Hernandez, Andrew A Hicks, Hilma Holm, Yi-Jen Hung, Thomas Illig, Michelle R Jones, Pontiano Kaleebu, John J P Kastelein, Kay-Tee Khaw, Eric Kim, Norman Klopp, Pirjo Komulainen, Meena Kumari, Claudia Langenberg, Terho Lehtimäki, Shih-Yi Lin, Jaana Lindström, Ruth J F Loos, François Mach, Wendy L McArdle, Christa Meisinger, Braxton D Mitchell, Gabrielle Müller, Ramaiah Nagaraja, Narisu Narisu, Tuomo V M Nieminen, Rebecca N Nsubuga, Isleifur Olafsson, Ken K Ong, Aarno Palotie, Theodore Papamarkou, Cristina Pomilla, Anneli Pouta, Daniel J Rader, Muredach P Reilly, Paul M Ridker, Fernando Rivadeneira, Igor Rudan, Aimo Ruokonen, Nilesh Samani, Hubert Scharnagl, Janet Seeley, Kaisa Silander, Alena Stančáková, Kathleen Stirrups, Amy J Swift, Laurence Tiret, André G Uitterlinden, L Joost van Pelt, Sailaja Vedantam, Nicholas Wainwright, Cisca Wijmenga, Sarah H Wild, Gonneke Willemsen, Tom Wilsgaard, James F Wilson, Elizabeth H Young, Jing Hua Zhao, Linda S Adair, Dominique Arveiler, Themistocles L Assimes, Stefania Bandinelli, Franklyn Bennett, Murielle Bochud, Bernhard O Boehm, Dorret I Boomsma, Ingrid B Borecki, Stefan R Bornstein, Pascal Bovet, Michel Burnier, Harry Campbell, Aravinda Chakravarti, John C Chambers, Yii-Der Ida Chen, Francis S Collins, Richard S Cooper, John Danesh, George Dedoussis, Ulf de Faire, Alan B Feranil, Jean Ferrières, Luigi Ferrucci, Nelson B Freimer, Christian Gieger, Leif C Groop, Vilmundur Gudnason, Ulf Gyllensten, Anders Hamsten, Tamara B Harris, Aroon Hingorani, Joel N Hirschhorn, Albert Hofman, G Kees Hovingh, Chao Agnes Hsiung, Steve E Humphries, Steven C Hunt, Kristian Hveem, Carlos Iribarren, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Antti Jula, Mika Kähönen, Jaakko Kaprio, Antero Kesäniemi, Mika Kivimäki, Jaspal S Kooner, Peter J Koudstaal, Ronald M Krauss, Diana Kuh, Johanna Kuusisto, Kirsten O Kyvik, Markku Laakso, Timo A Lakka, Lars Lind, Cecilia M Lindgren, Nicholas G Martin, Winfried März, Mark I McCarthy, Colin A McKenzie, Pierre Meneton, Andres Metspalu, Leena Moilanen, Andrew D Morris, Patricia B Munroe, Inger Njølstad, Nancy L Pedersen, Chris Power, Peter P Pramstaller, Jackie F Price, Bruce M Psaty, Thomas Quertermous, Rainer Rauramaa, Danish Saleheen, Veikko Salomaa, Dharambir K Sanghera, Jouko Saramies, Peter E H Schwarz, Wayne H-H Sheu, Alan R Shuldiner, Agneta Siegbahn, Tim D Spector, Kari Stefansson, David P Strachan, Bamidele O Tayo, Elena Tremoli, Jaakko Tuomilehto, Matti Uusitupa, Cornelia M van Duijn, Peter Vollenweider, Lars Wallentin, Nicholas J Wareham, John B Whitfield, Bruce H R Wolffenbuttel, José M Ordovás, Eric Boerwinkle, Colin N A Palmer, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Daniel I Chasman, Jerome I Rotter, Paul W Franks, Samuli Ripatti, L Adrienne Cupples, Manjinder S Sandhu, Stephen S Rich, Michael Boehnke, Panos Deloukas, Sekar Kathiresan, Karen L Mohlke, Erik Ingelsson, Gonçalo R Abecasis.
Nat. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 09-13-2013
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Levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, triglycerides and total cholesterol are heritable, modifiable risk factors for coronary artery disease. To identify new loci and refine known loci influencing these lipids, we examined 188,577 individuals using genome-wide and custom genotyping arrays. We identify and annotate 157 loci associated with lipid levels at P < 5 × 10(-8), including 62 loci not previously associated with lipid levels in humans. Using dense genotyping in individuals of European, East Asian, South Asian and African ancestry, we narrow association signals in 12 loci. We find that loci associated with blood lipid levels are often associated with cardiovascular and metabolic traits, including coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, blood pressure, waist-hip ratio and body mass index. Our results demonstrate the value of using genetic data from individuals of diverse ancestry and provide insights into the biological mechanisms regulating blood lipids to guide future genetic, biological and therapeutic research.
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Common variants in mendelian kidney disease genes and their association with renal function.
Afshin Parsa, Christian Fuchsberger, Anna Köttgen, Conall M O'Seaghdha, Cristian Pattaro, Mariza de Andrade, Daniel I Chasman, Alexander Teumer, Karlhans Endlich, Matthias Olden, Ming-Huei Chen, Adrienne Tin, Young J Kim, Daniel Taliun, Man Li, Mary Feitosa, Mathias Gorski, Qiong Yang, Claudia Hundertmark, Meredith C Foster, Nicole Glazer, Aaron Isaacs, Madhumathi Rao, Albert V Smith, Jeffrey R O'Connell, Maksim Struchalin, Toshiko Tanaka, Guo Li, Shih-Jen Hwang, Elizabeth J Atkinson, Kurt Lohman, Marilyn C Cornelis, Asa Johansson, Anke Tönjes, Abbas Dehghan, Vincent Couraki, Elizabeth G Holliday, Rossella Sorice, Zoltan Kutalik, Terho Lehtimäki, Tonu Esko, Harshal Deshmukh, Sheila Ulivi, Audrey Y Chu, Federico Murgia, Stella Trompet, Medea Imboden, Barbara Kollerits, Giorgio Pistis, Tamara B Harris, Lenore J Launer, Thor Aspelund, Gudny Eiriksdottir, Braxton D Mitchell, Eric Boerwinkle, Helena Schmidt, Edith Hofer, Frank Hu, Ayse Demirkan, Ben A Oostra, Stephen T Turner, Jingzhong Ding, Jeanette S Andrews, Barry I Freedman, Franco Giulianini, Wolfgang Koenig, Thomas Illig, Angela Döring, H-Erich Wichmann, Lina Zgaga, Tatijana Zemunik, Mladen Boban, Cosetta Minelli, Heather E Wheeler, Wilmar Igl, Ghazal Zaboli, Sarah H Wild, Alan F Wright, Harry Campbell, David Ellinghaus, Ute Nöthlings, Gunnar Jacobs, Reiner Biffar, Florian Ernst, Georg Homuth, Heyo K Kroemer, Matthias Nauck, Sylvia Stracke, Uwe Völker, Henry Völzke, Peter Kovacs, Michael Stumvoll, Reedik Mägi, Albert Hofman, André G Uitterlinden, Fernando Rivadeneira, Yurii S Aulchenko, Ozren Polašek, Nick Hastie, Veronique Vitart, Catherine Helmer, Jie Jin Wang, Bénédicte Stengel, Daniela Ruggiero, Sven Bergmann, Mika Kähönen, Jorma Viikari, Tiit Nikopensius, Michael Province, Helen Colhoun, Alex Doney, Antonietta Robino, Bernhard K Krämer, Laura Portas, Ian Ford, Brendan M Buckley, Martin Adam, Gian-Andri Thun, Bernhard Paulweber, Margot Haun, Cinzia Sala, Paul Mitchell, Marina Ciullo, Peter Vollenweider, Olli Raitakari, Andres Metspalu, Colin Palmer, Paolo Gasparini, Mario Pirastu, J Wouter Jukema, Nicole M Probst-Hensch, Florian Kronenberg, Daniela Toniolo, Vilmundur Gudnason, Alan R Shuldiner, Josef Coresh, Reinhold Schmidt, Luigi Ferrucci, Cornelia M van Duijn, Ingrid Borecki, Sharon L R Kardia, Yongmei Liu, Gary C Curhan, Igor Rudan, Ulf Gyllensten, James F Wilson, Andre Franke, Peter P Pramstaller, Rainer Rettig, Inga Prokopenko, Jacqueline Witteman, Caroline Hayward, Paul M Ridker, Murielle Bochud, Iris M Heid, David S Siscovick, Caroline S Fox, W Linda Kao, Carsten A Böger.
J. Am. Soc. Nephrol.
PUBLISHED: 09-12-2013
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Many common genetic variants identified by genome-wide association studies for complex traits map to genes previously linked to rare inherited Mendelian disorders. A systematic analysis of common single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes responsible for Mendelian diseases with kidney phenotypes has not been performed. We thus developed a comprehensive database of genes for Mendelian kidney conditions and evaluated the association between common genetic variants within these genes and kidney function in the general population. Using the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man database, we identified 731 unique disease entries related to specific renal search terms and confirmed a kidney phenotype in 218 of these entries, corresponding to mutations in 258 genes. We interrogated common SNPs (minor allele frequency >5%) within these genes for association with the estimated GFR in 74,354 European-ancestry participants from the CKDGen Consortium. However, the top four candidate SNPs (rs6433115 at LRP2, rs1050700 at TSC1, rs249942 at PALB2, and rs9827843 at ROBO2) did not achieve significance in a stage 2 meta-analysis performed in 56,246 additional independent individuals, indicating that these common SNPs are not associated with estimated GFR. The effect of less common or rare variants in these genes on kidney function in the general population and disease-specific cohorts requires further research.
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Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies identifies six new Loci for serum calcium concentrations.
Conall M O'Seaghdha, Hongsheng Wu, Qiong Yang, Karen Kapur, Idris Guessous, Annie Mercier Zuber, Anna Köttgen, Candice Stoudmann, Alexander Teumer, Zoltan Kutalik, Massimo Mangino, Abbas Dehghan, Weihua Zhang, Gudny Eiriksdottir, Guo Li, Toshiko Tanaka, Laura Portas, Lorna M Lopez, Caroline Hayward, Kurt Lohman, Koichi Matsuda, Sandosh Padmanabhan, Dmitri Firsov, Rossella Sorice, Sheila Ulivi, A Catharina Brockhaus, Marcus E Kleber, Anubha Mahajan, Florian D Ernst, Vilmundur Gudnason, Lenore J Launer, Aurelien Macé, Eric Boerwinckle, Dan E Arking, Chizu Tanikawa, Yusuke Nakamura, Morris J Brown, Jean-Michel Gaspoz, Jean-Marc Theler, David S Siscovick, Bruce M Psaty, Sven Bergmann, Peter Vollenweider, Veronique Vitart, Alan F Wright, Tatijana Zemunik, Mladen Boban, Ivana Kolčić, Pau Navarro, Edward M Brown, Karol Estrada, Jingzhong Ding, Tamara B Harris, Stefania Bandinelli, Dena Hernandez, Andrew B Singleton, Giorgia Girotto, Daniela Ruggiero, Adamo Pio D'adamo, Antonietta Robino, Thomas Meitinger, Christa Meisinger, Gail Davies, John M Starr, John C Chambers, Bernhard O Boehm, Bernhard R Winkelmann, Jie Huang, Federico Murgia, Sarah H Wild, Harry Campbell, Andrew P Morris, Oscar H Franco, Albert Hofman, André G Uitterlinden, Fernando Rivadeneira, Uwe Völker, Anke Hannemann, Reiner Biffar, Wolfgang Hoffmann, So-Youn Shin, Pierre Lescuyer, Hughes Henry, Claudia Schurmann, , Patricia B Munroe, Paolo Gasparini, Nicola Pirastu, Marina Ciullo, Christian Gieger, Winfried März, Lars Lind, Tim D Spector, Albert V Smith, Igor Rudan, James F Wilson, Ozren Polašek, Ian J Deary, Mario Pirastu, Luigi Ferrucci, Yongmei Liu, Bryan Kestenbaum, Jaspal S Kooner, Jacqueline C M Witteman, Matthias Nauck, W H Linda Kao, Henri Wallaschofski, Olivier Bonny, Caroline S Fox, Murielle Bochud.
PLoS Genet.
PUBLISHED: 09-01-2013
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Calcium is vital to the normal functioning of multiple organ systems and its serum concentration is tightly regulated. Apart from CASR, the genes associated with serum calcium are largely unknown. We conducted a genome-wide association meta-analysis of 39,400 individuals from 17 population-based cohorts and investigated the 14 most strongly associated loci in ? 21,679 additional individuals. Seven loci (six new regions) in association with serum calcium were identified and replicated. Rs1570669 near CYP24A1 (P = 9.1E-12), rs10491003 upstream of GATA3 (P = 4.8E-09) and rs7481584 in CARS (P = 1.2E-10) implicate regions involved in Mendelian calcemic disorders: Rs1550532 in DGKD (P = 8.2E-11), also associated with bone density, and rs7336933 near DGKH/KIAA0564 (P = 9.1E-10) are near genes that encode distinct isoforms of diacylglycerol kinase. Rs780094 is in GCKR. We characterized the expression of these genes in gut, kidney, and bone, and demonstrate modulation of gene expression in bone in response to dietary calcium in mice. Our results shed new light on the genetics of calcium homeostasis.
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A meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies identifies novel variants associated with osteoarthritis of the hip.
Ann. Rheum. Dis.
PUBLISHED: 08-29-2013
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Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis with a clear genetic component. To identify novel loci associated with hip OA we performed a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) on European subjects.
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Multiethnic meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies in >100 000 subjects identifies 23 fibrinogen-associated Loci but no strong evidence of a causal association between circulating fibrinogen and cardiovascular disease.
Maria Sabater-Lleal, Jie Huang, Daniel Chasman, Silvia Naitza, Abbas Dehghan, Andrew D Johnson, Alexander Teumer, Alex P Reiner, Lasse Folkersen, Saonli Basu, Alicja R Rudnicka, Stella Trompet, Anders Malarstig, Jens Baumert, Joshua C Bis, Xiuqing Guo, Jouke J Hottenga, So-Youn Shin, Lorna M Lopez, Jari Lahti, Toshiko Tanaka, Lisa R Yanek, Tiphaine Oudot-Mellakh, James F Wilson, Pau Navarro, Jennifer E Huffman, Tatijana Zemunik, Susan Redline, Reena Mehra, Drazen Pulanić, Igor Rudan, Alan F Wright, Ivana Kolčić, Ozren Polašek, Sarah H Wild, Harry Campbell, J David Curb, Robert Wallace, Simin Liu, Charles B Eaton, Diane M Becker, Lewis C Becker, Stefania Bandinelli, Katri Räikkönen, Elisabeth Widén, Aarno Palotie, Myriam Fornage, David Green, Myron Gross, Gail Davies, Sarah E Harris, David C Liewald, John M Starr, Frances M K Williams, Peter J Grant, Timothy D Spector, Rona J Strawbridge, Angela Silveira, Bengt Sennblad, Fernando Rivadeneira, André G Uitterlinden, Oscar H Franco, Albert Hofman, Jenny van Dongen, Gonneke Willemsen, Dorret I Boomsma, Jie Yao, Nancy Swords Jenny, Talin Haritunians, Barbara McKnight, Thomas Lumley, Kent D Taylor, Jerome I Rotter, Bruce M Psaty, Annette Peters, Christian Gieger, Thomas Illig, Anne Grotevendt, Georg Homuth, Henry Völzke, Thomas Kocher, Anuj Goel, Maria Grazia Franzosi, Udo Seedorf, Robert Clarke, Maristella Steri, Kirill V Tarasov, Serena Sanna, David Schlessinger, David J Stott, Naveed Sattar, Brendan M Buckley, Ann Rumley, Gordon D Lowe, Wendy L McArdle, Ming-Huei Chen, Geoffrey H Tofler, Jaejoon Song, Eric Boerwinkle, Aaron R Folsom, Lynda M Rose, Anders Franco-Cereceda, Martina Teichert, M Arfan Ikram, Thomas H Mosley, Steve Bevan, Martin Dichgans, Peter M Rothwell, Cathie L M Sudlow, Jemma C Hopewell, John C Chambers, Danish Saleheen, Jaspal S Kooner, John Danesh, Christopher P Nelson, Jeanette Erdmann, Muredach P Reilly, Sekar Kathiresan, Heribert Schunkert, Pierre-Emmanuel Morange, Luigi Ferrucci, Johan G Eriksson, David Jacobs, Ian J Deary, Nicole Soranzo, Jacqueline C M Witteman, Eco J C de Geus, Russell P Tracy, Caroline Hayward, Wolfgang Koenig, Francesco Cucca, J Wouter Jukema, Per Eriksson, Sudha Seshadri, Hugh S Markus, Hugh Watkins, Nilesh J Samani, , Henri Wallaschofski, Nicholas L Smith, David Tregouet, Paul M Ridker, Weihong Tang, David P Strachan, Anders Hamsten, Christopher J O'Donnell.
Circulation
PUBLISHED: 08-22-2013
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Estimates of the heritability of plasma fibrinogen concentration, an established predictor of cardiovascular disease, range from 34% to 50%. Genetic variants so far identified by genome-wide association studies explain only a small proportion (<2%) of its variation.
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Systematic identification of trans eQTLs as putative drivers of known disease associations.
Nat. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 08-14-2013
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Identifying the downstream effects of disease-associated SNPs is challenging. To help overcome this problem, we performed expression quantitative trait locus (eQTL) meta-analysis in non-transformed peripheral blood samples from 5,311 individuals with replication in 2,775 individuals. We identified and replicated trans eQTLs for 233 SNPs (reflecting 103 independent loci) that were previously associated with complex traits at genome-wide significance. Some of these SNPs affect multiple genes in trans that are known to be altered in individuals with disease: rs4917014, previously associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), altered gene expression of C1QB and five type I interferon response genes, both hallmarks of SLE. DeepSAGE RNA sequencing showed that rs4917014 strongly alters the 3 UTR levels of IKZF1 in cis, and chromatin immunoprecipitation and sequencing analysis of the trans-regulated genes implicated IKZF1 as the causal gene. Variants associated with cholesterol metabolism and type 1 diabetes showed similar phenomena, indicating that large-scale eQTL mapping provides insight into the downstream effects of many trait-associated variants.
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Multi-functionality of computer-aided quantitative vertebral fracture morphometry analyses.
Quant Imaging Med Surg
PUBLISHED: 08-05-2013
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Osteoporotic vertebral fractures are an increasingly active area of research. Oftentimes assessments are performed by software-assisted quantitative morphometry. Here, we will discuss multi-functionality of these data for research purposes. A team of trained research assistants processed lateral spine radiographs from the population-based Rotterdam Study with SpineAnalyzer(®) software (Optasia Medical Ltd, Cheadle, UK). Next, the raw coordinate data of the two upper corners of Th5 and the two lower corners of Th12 were extracted to calculate the Cobbs kyphosis angle. In addition, two readers performed independent manual measurements of the Cobbs kyphosis angle between Th5 and Th12 for a sample (n=99). The mean kyphosis angle and its standard deviation were 53° and 10° for the SpineAnalyzer(®) software measurements and 54° and 12° by manual measurements, respectively. The Pearsons correlation coefficient was 0.65 [95% confidence interval (CI): 0.53-0.75; P=2×10(-13)]. There was a substantial intraclass correlation with a coefficient of 0.64 (95% CI: 0.51-0.74). The mean difference between methods was 1° (95% CI: -2°-4°), with 95% limits of agreement of -20°-17° and there were no systematic biases. In conclusion, vertebral fracture morphometry data can be used to derive the Cobbs kyphosis angle. Even more quantitative measures could be derived from the raw data, such as vertebral wedging, intervertebral disc space, spondylolisthesis and the lordosis angle. These measures may be of interest for research into musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoporosis, degenerative disease or Scheuermanns disease. Large-scale studies may benefit from efficient capture of multiple quantitative measures in the spine.
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Common DNA variants predict tall stature in Europeans.
Hum. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 07-25-2013
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Genomic prediction of the extreme forms of adult body height or stature is of practical relevance in several areas such as pediatric endocrinology and forensic investigations. Here, we examine 770 extremely tall cases and 9,591 normal height controls in a population-based Dutch European sample to evaluate the capability of known height-associated DNA variants in predicting tall stature. Among the 180 normal height-associated single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) previously reported by the Genetic Investigation of ANthropocentric Traits (GIANT) genome-wide association study on normal stature, in our data 166 (92.2 %) showed directionally consistent effects and 75 (41.7 %) showed nominally significant association with tall stature, indicating that the 180 GIANT SNPs are informative for tall stature in our Dutch sample. A prediction analysis based on the weighted allele sums method demonstrated a substantially improved potential for predicting tall stature (AUC = 0.75; 95 % CI 0.72-0.79) compared to a previous attempt using 54 height-associated SNPs (AUC = 0.65). The achieved accuracy is approaching practical relevance such as in pediatrics and forensics. Furthermore, a reanalysis of all SNPs at the 180 GIANT loci in our data identified novel secondary association signals for extreme tall stature at TGFB2 (P = 1.8 × 10(-13)) and PCSK5 (P = 7.8 × 10(-11)) suggesting the existence of allelic heterogeneity and underlining the importance of fine analysis of already discovered loci. Extrapolating from our results suggests that the genomic prediction of at least the extreme forms of common complex traits in humans including common diseases are likely to be informative if large numbers of trait-associated common DNA variants are available.
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Education influences the role of genetics in myopia.
Eur. J. Epidemiol.
PUBLISHED: 07-08-2013
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Myopia is a complex inherited ocular trait resulting from an interplay of genes and environmental factors, most of which are currently unknown. In two independent population-based cohorts consisting of 5,256 and 3,938 individuals from European descent, we tested for biological interaction between genetic predisposition and level of education on the risk of myopia. A genetic risk score was calculated based on 26 myopia-associated single nucleotide polymorphisms recently discovered by the Consortium for Refractive Error and Myopia. Educational level was obtained by questionnaire and categorized into primary, intermediate, and higher education. Refractive error was measured during a standardized ophthalmological examination. Biological interaction was assessed by calculation of the synergy index. Individuals at high genetic risk in combination with university-level education had a remarkably high risk of myopia (OR 51.3; 95 % CI 18.5-142.6), while those at high genetic risk with only primary schooling were at a much lower increased risk of myopia (OR 7.2, 95 % CI 3.1-17.0). The combined effect of genetic predisposition and education on the risk of myopia was far higher than the sum of these two effects (synergy index 4.2, 95 % CI 1.9-9.5). This epidemiological study provides evidence of a gene-environment interaction in which an individuals genetic risk of myopia is significantly affected by his or her educational level.
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Scheuermanns Disease: Evaluation of Radiological Criteria and Population Prevalence.
Spine
PUBLISHED: 06-14-2013
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Study Design: Observational population-based studyObjective: Determine the prevalence of radiographic Scheuermanns disease in a Dutch population and evaluate the consistency of diagnostic criteria.Summary of Background Data: Scheuermanns disease is a form of osteochondrosis characterized by increased posterior rounding of the thoracic spine with structural vertebral deformity. Different expert-opinion based radiological criteria exist, yet these have not been validated. The prevalence in the general population reported ranges from 1% to 10%.Methods: Lateral spine radiographs of 2,753 Rotterdam Study participants (aged 45-89) were assessed for Scheuermanns disease using Sørensen and Sachs radiographic criteria in two phases. Cohens kappa statistics were calculated for inter-rater agreement. Prevalence estimates were calculated and gender differences were tested with Pearsons chi-square test. We evaluated if varying the kyphosis angle criterion would change the prevalence estimate.Results: 677 individuals (24.6%) had endplate irregularities and 140 (5.1%) had vertebral wedging. Abnormalities were significantly more prevalent among men (p<0.05). The inter-rater agreement kappa statistics were 78.8% for vertebral wedging and 79.4% for endplate irregularity. 127 had both criteria, of which 111 had a kyphosis angle greater than 45 degrees, resulting in a prevalence of 4.0% (95% CI:3.3%-4.7%). The disease prevalence was 4.5% in men vs. 3.6% in women, yet this difference was not statistically significant (p = 0.23). Adjustment of the kyphosis angle criterion from 45 to 40 or 35 degrees increased the number of cases marginally, corresponding to prevalence estimates not significantly different from the estimates using original criteria (4.2% [3.3-4.7%] and 4.4% [3.6%-5.2%]).Conclusion: Our results revealed a prevalence of 4.0% of radiographic Scheuermanns disease in Dutch individuals aged 45 years and over. Although there is no current gold standard for the radiographic definition, standardized scoring of independent features resulted in substantial inter-observer agreement, and different applications of diagnostic criteria did not significantly alter the classification.
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The role of adiposity in cardiometabolic traits: a mendelian randomization analysis.
Tove Fall, Sara Hägg, Reedik Mägi, Alexander Ploner, Krista Fischer, Momoko Horikoshi, Antti-Pekka Sarin, Gudmar Thorleifsson, Claes Ladenvall, Mart Kals, Maris Kuningas, Harmen H M Draisma, Janina S Ried, Natalie R Van Zuydam, Ville Huikari, Massimo Mangino, Emily Sonestedt, Beben Benyamin, Christopher P Nelson, Natalia V Rivera, Kati Kristiansson, Huei-Yi Shen, Aki S Havulinna, Abbas Dehghan, Louise A Donnelly, Marika Kaakinen, Marja-Liisa Nuotio, Neil Robertson, Renée F A G de Bruijn, M Arfan Ikram, Najaf Amin, Anthony J Balmforth, Peter S Braund, Alexander S F Doney, Angela Döring, Paul Elliott, Tonu Esko, Oscar H Franco, Solveig Gretarsdottir, Anna-Liisa Hartikainen, Kauko Heikkilä, Karl-Heinz Herzig, Hilma Holm, Jouke Jan Hottenga, Elina Hyppönen, Thomas Illig, Aaron Isaacs, Bo Isomaa, Lennart C Karssen, Johannes Kettunen, Wolfgang Koenig, Kari Kuulasmaa, Tiina Laatikainen, Jaana Laitinen, Cecilia Lindgren, Valeriya Lyssenko, Esa Läärä, Nigel W Rayner, Satu Mannisto, Anneli Pouta, Wolfgang Rathmann, Fernando Rivadeneira, Aimo Ruokonen, Markku J Savolainen, Eric J G Sijbrands, Kerrin S Small, Jan H Smit, Valgerdur Steinthorsdottir, Ann-Christine Syvänen, Anja Taanila, Martin D Tobin, André G Uitterlinden, Sara M Willems, Gonneke Willemsen, Jacqueline Witteman, Markus Perola, Alun Evans, Jean Ferrières, Jarmo Virtamo, Frank Kee, David-Alexandre Trégouët, Dominique Arveiler, Philippe Amouyel, Marco M Ferrario, Paolo Brambilla, Alistair S Hall, Andrew C Heath, Pamela A F Madden, Nicholas G Martin, Grant W Montgomery, John B Whitfield, Antti Jula, Paul Knekt, Ben Oostra, Cornelia M van Duijn, Brenda W J H Penninx, George Davey Smith, Jaakko Kaprio, Nilesh J Samani, Christian Gieger, Annette Peters, H Erich Wichmann, Dorret I Boomsma, Eco J C de Geus, Tiinamaija Tuomi, Chris Power, Christopher J Hammond, Tim D Spector, Lars Lind, Marju Orho-Melander, Colin Neil Alexander Palmer, Andrew D Morris, Leif Groop, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Veikko Salomaa, Erkki Vartiainen, Albert Hofman, Samuli Ripatti, Andres Metspalu, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Kari Stefansson, Nancy L Pedersen, Mark I McCarthy, Erik Ingelsson, Inga Prokopenko, .
PLoS Med.
PUBLISHED: 06-01-2013
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The association between adiposity and cardiometabolic traits is well known from epidemiological studies. Whilst the causal relationship is clear for some of these traits, for others it is not. We aimed to determine whether adiposity is causally related to various cardiometabolic traits using the Mendelian randomization approach.
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Sex-stratified genome-wide association studies including 270,000 individuals show sexual dimorphism in genetic loci for anthropometric traits.
Joshua C Randall, Thomas W Winkler, Zoltan Kutalik, Sonja I Berndt, Anne U Jackson, Keri L Monda, Tuomas O Kilpeläinen, Tonu Esko, Reedik Mägi, Shengxu Li, Tsegaselassie Workalemahu, Mary F Feitosa, Damien C Croteau-Chonka, Felix R Day, Tove Fall, Teresa Ferreira, Stefan Gustafsson, Adam E Locke, Iain Mathieson, André Scherag, Sailaja Vedantam, Andrew R Wood, Liming Liang, Valgerdur Steinthorsdottir, Gudmar Thorleifsson, Emmanouil T Dermitzakis, Antigone S Dimas, Fredrik Karpe, Josine L Min, George Nicholson, Deborah J Clegg, Thomas Person, Jon P Krohn, Sabrina Bauer, Christa Buechler, Kristina Eisinger, , Amélie Bonnefond, Philippe Froguel, Jouke-Jan Hottenga, Inga Prokopenko, Lindsay L Waite, Tamara B Harris, Albert Vernon Smith, Alan R Shuldiner, Wendy L McArdle, Mark J Caulfield, Patricia B Munroe, Henrik Grönberg, Yii-Der Ida Chen, Guo Li, Jacques S Beckmann, Toby Johnson, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Maris Teder-Laving, Kay-Tee Khaw, Nicholas J Wareham, Jing Hua Zhao, Najaf Amin, Ben A Oostra, Aldi T Kraja, Michael A Province, L Adrienne Cupples, Nancy L Heard-Costa, Jaakko Kaprio, Samuli Ripatti, Ida Surakka, Francis S Collins, Jouko Saramies, Jaakko Tuomilehto, Antti Jula, Veikko Salomaa, Jeanette Erdmann, Christian Hengstenberg, Christina Loley, Heribert Schunkert, Claudia Lamina, H Erich Wichmann, Eva Albrecht, Christian Gieger, Andrew A Hicks, Asa Johansson, Peter P Pramstaller, Sekar Kathiresan, Elizabeth K Speliotes, Brenda Penninx, Anna-Liisa Hartikainen, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Ulf Gyllensten, Dorret I Boomsma, Harry Campbell, James F Wilson, Stephen J Chanock, Martin Farrall, Anuj Goel, Carolina Medina-Gomez, Fernando Rivadeneira, Karol Estrada, André G Uitterlinden, Albert Hofman, M Carola Zillikens, Martin den Heijer, Lambertus A Kiemeney, Andrea Maschio, Per Hall, Jonathan Tyrer, Alexander Teumer, Henry Völzke, Peter Kovacs, Anke Tönjes, Massimo Mangino, Tim D Spector, Caroline Hayward, Igor Rudan, Alistair S Hall, Nilesh J Samani, Antony Paul Attwood, Jennifer G Sambrook, Joseph Hung, Lyle J Palmer, Marja-Liisa Lokki, Juha Sinisalo, Gabrielle Boucher, Heikki Huikuri, Mattias Lorentzon, Claes Ohlsson, Niina Eklund, Johan G Eriksson, Cristina Barlassina, Carlo Rivolta, Ilja M Nolte, Harold Snieder, Melanie M van der Klauw, Jana V van Vliet-Ostaptchouk, Pablo V Gejman, Jianxin Shi, Kevin B Jacobs, Zhaoming Wang, Stephan J L Bakker, Irene Mateo Leach, Gerjan Navis, Pim van der Harst, Nicholas G Martin, Sarah E Medland, Grant W Montgomery, Jian Yang, Daniel I Chasman, Paul M Ridker, Lynda M Rose, Terho Lehtimäki, Olli Raitakari, Devin Absher, Carlos Iribarren, Hanneke Basart, Kees G Hovingh, Elina Hyppönen, Chris Power, Denise Anderson, John P Beilby, Jennie Hui, Jennifer Jolley, Hendrik Sager, Stefan R Bornstein, Peter E H Schwarz, Kati Kristiansson, Markus Perola, Jaana Lindström, Amy J Swift, Matti Uusitupa, Mustafa Atalay, Timo A Lakka, Rainer Rauramaa, Jennifer L Bolton, Gerry Fowkes, Ross M Fraser, Jackie F Price, Krista Fischer, Kaarel Krjutå Kov, Andres Metspalu, Evelin Mihailov, Claudia Langenberg, Jian'an Luan, Ken K Ong, Peter S Chines, Sirkka M Keinanen-Kiukaanniemi, Timo E Saaristo, Sarah Edkins, Paul W Franks, Göran Hallmans, Dmitry Shungin, Andrew David Morris, Colin N A Palmer, Raimund Erbel, Susanne Moebus, Markus M Nöthen, Sonali Pechlivanis, Kristian Hveem, Narisu Narisu, Anders Hamsten, Steve E Humphries, Rona J Strawbridge, Elena Tremoli, Harald Grallert, Barbara Thorand, Thomas Illig, Wolfgang Koenig, Martina Müller-Nurasyid, Annette Peters, Bernhard O Boehm, Marcus E Kleber, Winfried März, Bernhard R Winkelmann, Johanna Kuusisto, Markku Laakso, Dominique Arveiler, Giancarlo Cesana, Kari Kuulasmaa, Jarmo Virtamo, John W G Yarnell, Diana Kuh, Andrew Wong, Lars Lind, Ulf de Faire, Bruna Gigante, Patrik K E Magnusson, Nancy L Pedersen, George Dedoussis, Maria Dimitriou, Genovefa Kolovou, Stavroula Kanoni, Kathleen Stirrups, Lori L Bonnycastle, Inger Njølstad, Tom Wilsgaard, Andrea Ganna, Emil Rehnberg, Aroon Hingorani, Mika Kivimäki, Meena Kumari, Themistocles L Assimes, Inês Barroso, Michael Boehnke, Ingrid B Borecki, Panos Deloukas, Caroline S Fox, Timothy Frayling, Leif C Groop, Talin Haritunians, David Hunter, Erik Ingelsson, Robert Kaplan, Karen L Mohlke, Jeffrey R O'Connell, David Schlessinger, David P Strachan, Kari Stefansson, Cornelia M van Duijn, Gonçalo R Abecasis, Mark I McCarthy, Joel N Hirschhorn, Lu Qi, Ruth J F Loos, Cecilia M Lindgren, Kari E North, Iris M Heid.
PLoS Genet.
PUBLISHED: 06-01-2013
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Given the anthropometric differences between men and women and previous evidence of sex-difference in genetic effects, we conducted a genome-wide search for sexually dimorphic associations with height, weight, body mass index, waist circumference, hip circumference, and waist-to-hip-ratio (133,723 individuals) and took forward 348 SNPs into follow-up (additional 137,052 individuals) in a total of 94 studies. Seven loci displayed significant sex-difference (FDR<5%), including four previously established (near GRB14/COBLL1, LYPLAL1/SLC30A10, VEGFA, ADAMTS9) and three novel anthropometric trait loci (near MAP3K1, HSD17B4, PPARG), all of which were genome-wide significant in women (P<5×10(-8)), but not in men. Sex-differences were apparent only for waist phenotypes, not for height, weight, BMI, or hip circumference. Moreover, we found no evidence for genetic effects with opposite directions in men versus women. The PPARG locus is of specific interest due to its role in diabetes genetics and therapy. Our results demonstrate the value of sex-specific GWAS to unravel the sexually dimorphic genetic underpinning of complex traits.
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GWAS of 126,559 individuals identifies genetic variants associated with educational attainment.
Cornelius A Rietveld, Sarah E Medland, Jaime Derringer, Jian Yang, Tonu Esko, Nicolas W Martin, Harm-Jan Westra, Konstantin Shakhbazov, Abdel Abdellaoui, Arpana Agrawal, Eva Albrecht, Behrooz Z Alizadeh, Najaf Amin, John Barnard, Sebastian E Baumeister, Kelly S Benke, Lawrence F Bielak, Jeffrey A Boatman, Patricia A Boyle, Gail Davies, Christiaan de Leeuw, Niina Eklund, Daniel S Evans, Rudolf Ferhmann, Krista Fischer, Christian Gieger, Håkon K Gjessing, Sara Hägg, Jennifer R Harris, Caroline Hayward, Christina Holzapfel, Carla A Ibrahim-Verbaas, Erik Ingelsson, Bo Jacobsson, Peter K Joshi, Astanand Jugessur, Marika Kaakinen, Stavroula Kanoni, Juha Karjalainen, Ivana Kolčić, Kati Kristiansson, Zoltan Kutalik, Jari Lahti, Sang H Lee, Peng Lin, Penelope A Lind, Yongmei Liu, Kurt Lohman, Marisa Loitfelder, George McMahon, Pedro Marques Vidal, Osorio Meirelles, Lili Milani, Ronny Myhre, Marja-Liisa Nuotio, Christopher J Oldmeadow, Katja E Petrovic, Wouter J Peyrot, Ozren Polašek, Lydia Quaye, Eva Reinmaa, John P Rice, Thais S Rizzi, Helena Schmidt, Reinhold Schmidt, Albert V Smith, Jennifer A Smith, Toshiko Tanaka, Antonio Terracciano, Matthijs J H M van der Loos, Veronique Vitart, Henry Völzke, Jürgen Wellmann, Lei Yu, Wei Zhao, Jüri Allik, John R Attia, Stefania Bandinelli, François Bastardot, Jonathan Beauchamp, David A Bennett, Klaus Berger, Laura J Bierut, Dorret I Boomsma, Ute Bültmann, Harry Campbell, Christopher F Chabris, Lynn Cherkas, Mina K Chung, Francesco Cucca, Mariza de Andrade, Philip L De Jager, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Ian J Deary, George V Dedoussis, Panos Deloukas, Maria Dimitriou, Guðný Eiríksdóttir, Martin F Elderson, Johan G Eriksson, David M Evans, Jessica D Faul, Luigi Ferrucci, Melissa E Garcia, Henrik Grönberg, Vilmundur Guðnason, Per Hall, Juliette M Harris, Tamara B Harris, Nicholas D Hastie, Andrew C Heath, Dena G Hernandez, Wolfgang Hoffmann, Adriaan Hofman, Rolf Holle, Elizabeth G Holliday, Jouke-Jan Hottenga, William G Iacono, Thomas Illig, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Mika Kähönen, Jaakko Kaprio, Robert M Kirkpatrick, Matthew Kowgier, Antti Latvala, Lenore J Launer, Debbie A Lawlor, Terho Lehtimäki, Jingmei Li, Paul Lichtenstein, Peter Lichtner, David C Liewald, Pamela A Madden, Patrik K E Magnusson, Tomi E Mäkinen, Marco Masala, Matt McGue, Andres Metspalu, Andreas Mielck, Michael B Miller, Grant W Montgomery, Sutapa Mukherjee, Dale R Nyholt, Ben A Oostra, Lyle J Palmer, Aarno Palotie, Brenda W J H Penninx, Markus Perola, Patricia A Peyser, Martin Preisig, Katri Räikkönen, Olli T Raitakari, Anu Realo, Susan M Ring, Samuli Ripatti, Fernando Rivadeneira, Igor Rudan, Aldo Rustichini, Veikko Salomaa, Antti-Pekka Sarin, David Schlessinger, Rodney J Scott, Harold Snieder, Beate St Pourcain, John M Starr, Jae Hoon Sul, Ida Surakka, Rauli Svento, Alexander Teumer, , Henning Tiemeier, Frank J A van Rooij, David R Van Wagoner, Erkki Vartiainen, Jorma Viikari, Peter Vollenweider, Judith M Vonk, Gérard Waeber, David R Weir, H-Erich Wichmann, Elisabeth Widén, Gonneke Willemsen, James F Wilson, Alan F Wright, Dalton Conley, George Davey-Smith, Lude Franke, Patrick J F Groenen, Albert Hofman, Magnus Johannesson, Sharon L R Kardia, Robert F Krueger, David Laibson, Nicholas G Martin, Michelle N Meyer, Danielle Posthuma, A Roy Thurik, Nicholas J Timpson, André G Uitterlinden, Cornelia M van Duijn, Peter M Visscher, Daniel J Benjamin, David Cesarini, Philipp D Koellinger.
Science
PUBLISHED: 05-30-2013
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A genome-wide association study (GWAS) of educational attainment was conducted in a discovery sample of 101,069 individuals and a replication sample of 25,490. Three independent single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are genome-wide significant (rs9320913, rs11584700, rs4851266), and all three replicate. Estimated effects sizes are small (coefficient of determination R(2) ? 0.02%), approximately 1 month of schooling per allele. A linear polygenic score from all measured SNPs accounts for ?2% of the variance in both educational attainment and cognitive function. Genes in the region of the loci have previously been associated with health, cognitive, and central nervous system phenotypes, and bioinformatics analyses suggest the involvement of the anterior caudate nucleus. These findings provide promising candidate SNPs for follow-up work, and our effect size estimates can anchor power analyses in social-science genetics.
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Maternal first-trimester diet and childhood bone mass: the Generation R Study.
Am. J. Clin. Nutr.
PUBLISHED: 05-29-2013
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Maternal diet during pregnancy has been suggested to influence bone health in later life.
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Impact of inherited genetic variants associated with lipid profile, hypertension, and coronary artery disease on the risk of intracranial and abdominal aortic aneurysms.
Circ Cardiovasc Genet
PUBLISHED: 05-09-2013
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Epidemiological studies show that an unfavorable lipid profile and coronary artery disease (CAD) are risk traits for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) but not for intracranial aneurysms (IAs), and that hypertension is a main risk trait for IAs but not for AAAs. To evaluate these observations, we investigated single-nucleotide polymorphisms associated with serum lipid levels, hypertension, and CAD and tested their contribution to AAA and IA risk.
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Identification of genetic loci associated with Helicobacter pylori serologic status.
JAMA
PUBLISHED: 05-09-2013
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Helicobacter pylori is a major cause of gastritis and gastroduodenal ulcer disease and can cause cancer. H. pylori prevalence is as high as 90% in some developing countries but 10% of a given population is never colonized, regardless of exposure. Genetic factors are hypothesized to confer H. pylori susceptibility.
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Association of adiposity genetic variants with menarche timing in 92,105 women of European descent.
Am. J. Epidemiol.
PUBLISHED: 04-04-2013
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Obesity is of global health concern. There are well-described inverse relationships between female pubertal timing and obesity. Recent genome-wide association studies of age at menarche identified several obesity-related variants. Using data from the ReproGen Consortium, we employed meta-analytical techniques to estimate the associations of 95 a priori and recently identified obesity-related (body mass index (weight (kg)/height (m)(2)), waist circumference, and waist:hip ratio) single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with age at menarche in 92,116 women of European descent from 38 studies (1970-2010), in order to estimate associations between genetic variants associated with central or overall adiposity and pubertal timing in girls. Investigators in each study performed a separate analysis of associations between the selected SNPs and age at menarche (ages 9-17 years) using linear regression models and adjusting for birth year, site (as appropriate), and population stratification. Heterogeneity of effect-measure estimates was investigated using meta-regression. Six novel associations of body mass index loci with age at menarche were identified, and 11 adiposity loci previously reported to be associated with age at menarche were confirmed, but none of the central adiposity variants individually showed significant associations. These findings suggest complex genetic relationships between menarche and overall obesity, and to a lesser extent central obesity, in normal processes of growth and development.
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Nine loci for ocular axial length identified through genome-wide association studies, including shared loci with refractive error.
Ching-Yu Cheng, Maria Schache, M Kamran Ikram, Terri L Young, Jeremy A Guggenheim, Veronique Vitart, Stuart MacGregor, Virginie J M Verhoeven, Veluchamy A Barathi, Jiemin Liao, Pirro G Hysi, Joan E Bailey-Wilson, Beate St Pourcain, John P Kemp, George McMahon, Nicholas J Timpson, David M Evans, Grant W Montgomery, Aniket Mishra, Ya Xing Wang, Jie Jin Wang, Elena Rochtchina, Ozren Polašek, Alan F Wright, Najaf Amin, Elisabeth M van Leeuwen, James F Wilson, Craig E Pennell, Cornelia M van Duijn, Paulus T V M de Jong, Johannes R Vingerling, Xin Zhou, Peng Chen, Ruoying Li, Wan-Ting Tay, Yingfeng Zheng, Merwyn Chew, , Kathryn P Burdon, Jamie E Craig, Sudha K Iyengar, Robert P Igo, Jonathan H Lass, Emily Y Chew, Toomas Haller, Evelin Mihailov, Andres Metspalu, Juho Wedenoja, Claire L Simpson, Robert Wojciechowski, René Höhn, Alireza Mirshahi, Tanja Zeller, Norbert Pfeiffer, Karl J Lackner, Thomas Bettecken, Thomas Meitinger, Konrad Oexle, Mario Pirastu, Laura Portas, Abhishek Nag, Katie M Williams, Ekaterina Yonova-Doing, Ronald Klein, Barbara E Klein, S Mohsen Hosseini, Andrew D Paterson, Kari-Matti Mäkelä, Terho Lehtimäki, Mika Kähönen, Olli Raitakari, Nagahisa Yoshimura, Fumihiko Matsuda, Li Jia Chen, Chi Pui Pang, Shea Ping Yip, Maurice K H Yap, Akira Meguro, Nobuhisa Mizuki, Hidetoshi Inoko, Paul J Foster, Jing Hua Zhao, Eranga Vithana, E-Shyong Tai, Qiao Fan, Liang Xu, Harry Campbell, Brian Fleck, Igor Rudan, Tin Aung, Albert Hofman, André G Uitterlinden, Goran Bencic, Chiea-Chuen Khor, Hannah Forward, Olavi Pärssinen, Paul Mitchell, Fernando Rivadeneira, Alex W Hewitt, Cathy Williams, Ben A Oostra, Yik-Ying Teo, Christopher J Hammond, Dwight Stambolian, David A Mackey, Caroline C W Klaver, Tien-Yin Wong, Seang-Mei Saw, Paul N Baird.
Am. J. Hum. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 03-15-2013
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Refractive errors are common eye disorders of public health importance worldwide. Ocular axial length (AL) is the major determinant of refraction and thus of myopia and hyperopia. We conducted a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies for AL, combining 12,531 Europeans and 8,216 Asians. We identified eight genome-wide significant loci for AL (RSPO1, C3orf26, LAMA2, GJD2, ZNRF3, CD55, MIP, and ALPPL2) and confirmed one previously reported AL locus (ZC3H11B). Of the nine loci, five (LAMA2, GJD2, CD55, ALPPL2, and ZC3H11B) were associated with refraction in 18 independent cohorts (n = 23,591). Differential gene expression was observed for these loci in minus-lens-induced myopia mouse experiments and human ocular tissues. Two of the AL genes, RSPO1 and ZNRF3, are involved in Wnt signaling, a pathway playing a major role in the regulation of eyeball size. This study provides evidence of shared genes between AL and refraction, but importantly also suggests that these traits may have unique pathways.
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Genome-wide meta-analysis identifies 11 new loci for anthropometric traits and provides insights into genetic architecture.
Sonja I Berndt, Stefan Gustafsson, Reedik Mägi, Andrea Ganna, Eleanor Wheeler, Mary F Feitosa, Anne E Justice, Keri L Monda, Damien C Croteau-Chonka, Felix R Day, Tonu Esko, Tove Fall, Teresa Ferreira, Davide Gentilini, Anne U Jackson, Jian'an Luan, Joshua C Randall, Sailaja Vedantam, Cristen J Willer, Thomas W Winkler, Andrew R Wood, Tsegaselassie Workalemahu, Yi-Juan Hu, Sang Hong Lee, Liming Liang, Dan-Yu Lin, Josine L Min, Benjamin M Neale, Gudmar Thorleifsson, Jian Yang, Eva Albrecht, Najaf Amin, Jennifer L Bragg-Gresham, Gemma Cadby, Martin den Heijer, Niina Eklund, Krista Fischer, Anuj Goel, Jouke-Jan Hottenga, Jennifer E Huffman, Ivonne Jarick, Asa Johansson, Toby Johnson, Stavroula Kanoni, Marcus E Kleber, Inke R König, Kati Kristiansson, Zoltan Kutalik, Claudia Lamina, Cécile Lecoeur, Guo Li, Massimo Mangino, Wendy L McArdle, Carolina Medina-Gomez, Martina Müller-Nurasyid, Julius S Ngwa, Ilja M Nolte, Lavinia Paternoster, Sonali Pechlivanis, Markus Perola, Marjolein J Peters, Michael Preuss, Lynda M Rose, Jianxin Shi, Dmitry Shungin, Albert Vernon Smith, Rona J Strawbridge, Ida Surakka, Alexander Teumer, Mieke D Trip, Jonathan Tyrer, Jana V van Vliet-Ostaptchouk, Liesbeth Vandenput, Lindsay L Waite, Jing Hua Zhao, Devin Absher, Folkert W Asselbergs, Mustafa Atalay, Antony P Attwood, Anthony J Balmforth, Hanneke Basart, John Beilby, Lori L Bonnycastle, Paolo Brambilla, Marcel Bruinenberg, Harry Campbell, Daniel I Chasman, Peter S Chines, Francis S Collins, John M Connell, William O Cookson, Ulf de Faire, Femmie de Vegt, Mariano Dei, Maria Dimitriou, Sarah Edkins, Karol Estrada, David M Evans, Martin Farrall, Marco M Ferrario, Jean Ferrières, Lude Franke, Francesca Frau, Pablo V Gejman, Harald Grallert, Henrik Grönberg, Vilmundur Gudnason, Alistair S Hall, Per Hall, Anna-Liisa Hartikainen, Caroline Hayward, Nancy L Heard-Costa, Andrew C Heath, Johannes Hebebrand, Georg Homuth, Frank B Hu, Sarah E Hunt, Elina Hyppönen, Carlos Iribarren, Kevin B Jacobs, John-Olov Jansson, Antti Jula, Mika Kähönen, Sekar Kathiresan, Frank Kee, Kay-Tee Khaw, Mika Kivimäki, Wolfgang Koenig, Aldi T Kraja, Meena Kumari, Kari Kuulasmaa, Johanna Kuusisto, Jaana H Laitinen, Timo A Lakka, Claudia Langenberg, Lenore J Launer, Lars Lind, Jaana Lindström, Jianjun Liu, Antonio Liuzzi, Marja-Liisa Lokki, Mattias Lorentzon, Pamela A Madden, Patrik K Magnusson, Paolo Manunta, Diana Marek, Winfried März, Irene Mateo Leach, Barbara McKnight, Sarah E Medland, Evelin Mihailov, Lili Milani, Grant W Montgomery, Vincent Mooser, Thomas W Mühleisen, Patricia B Munroe, Arthur W Musk, Narisu Narisu, Gerjan Navis, George Nicholson, Ellen A Nohr, Ken K Ong, Ben A Oostra, Colin N A Palmer, Aarno Palotie, John F Peden, Nancy Pedersen, Annette Peters, Ozren Polašek, Anneli Pouta, Peter P Pramstaller, Inga Prokopenko, Carolin Pütter, Aparna Radhakrishnan, Olli Raitakari, Augusto Rendon, Fernando Rivadeneira, Igor Rudan, Timo E Saaristo, Jennifer G Sambrook, Alan R Sanders, Serena Sanna, Jouko Saramies, Sabine Schipf, Stefan Schreiber, Heribert Schunkert, So-Youn Shin, Stefano Signorini, Juha Sinisalo, Boris Skrobek, Nicole Soranzo, Alena Stančáková, Klaus Stark, Jonathan C Stephens, Kathleen Stirrups, Ronald P Stolk, Michael Stumvoll, Amy J Swift, Eirini V Theodoraki, Barbara Thorand, David-Alexandre Trégouët, Elena Tremoli, Melanie M van der Klauw, Joyce B J van Meurs, Sita H Vermeulen, Jorma Viikari, Jarmo Virtamo, Veronique Vitart, Gérard Waeber, Zhaoming Wang, Elisabeth Widén, Sarah H Wild, Gonneke Willemsen, Bernhard R Winkelmann, Jacqueline C M Witteman, Bruce H R Wolffenbuttel, Andrew Wong, Alan F Wright, M Carola Zillikens, Philippe Amouyel, Bernhard O Boehm, Eric Boerwinkle, Dorret I Boomsma, Mark J Caulfield, Stephen J Chanock, L Adrienne Cupples, Daniele Cusi, George V Dedoussis, Jeanette Erdmann, Johan G Eriksson, Paul W Franks, Philippe Froguel, Christian Gieger, Ulf Gyllensten, Anders Hamsten, Tamara B Harris, Christian Hengstenberg, Andrew A Hicks, Aroon Hingorani, Anke Hinney, Albert Hofman, Kees G Hovingh, Kristian Hveem, Thomas Illig, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Karl-Heinz Jöckel, Sirkka M Keinanen-Kiukaanniemi, Lambertus A Kiemeney, Diana Kuh, Markku Laakso, Terho Lehtimäki, Douglas F Levinson, Nicholas G Martin, Andres Metspalu, Andrew D Morris, Markku S Nieminen, Inger Njølstad, Claes Ohlsson, Albertine J Oldehinkel, Willem H Ouwehand, Lyle J Palmer, Brenda Penninx, Chris Power, Michael A Province, Bruce M Psaty, Lu Qi, Rainer Rauramaa, Paul M Ridker, Samuli Ripatti, Veikko Salomaa, Nilesh J Samani, Harold Snieder, Thorkild I A Sørensen, Timothy D Spector, Kari Stefansson, Anke Tönjes, Jaakko Tuomilehto, André G Uitterlinden, Matti Uusitupa, Pim van der Harst, Peter Vollenweider, Henri Wallaschofski, Nicholas J Wareham, Hugh Watkins, H-Erich Wichmann, James F Wilson, Gonçalo R Abecasis, Themistocles L Assimes, Inês Barroso, Michael Boehnke, Ingrid B Borecki, Panos Deloukas, Caroline S Fox, Timothy Frayling, Leif C Groop, Talin Haritunian, Iris M Heid, David Hunter, Robert C Kaplan, Fredrik Karpe, Miriam F Moffatt, Karen L Mohlke, Jeffrey R O'Connell, Yudi Pawitan, Eric E Schadt, David Schlessinger, Valgerdur Steinthorsdottir, David P Strachan, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Cornelia M van Duijn, Peter M Visscher, Anna Maria Di Blasio, Joel N Hirschhorn, Cecilia M Lindgren, Andrew P Morris, David Meyre, André Scherag, Mark I McCarthy, Elizabeth K Speliotes, Kari E North, Ruth J F Loos, Erik Ingelsson.
Nat. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 03-14-2013
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Approaches exploiting trait distribution extremes may be used to identify loci associated with common traits, but it is unknown whether these loci are generalizable to the broader population. In a genome-wide search for loci associated with the upper versus the lower 5th percentiles of body mass index, height and waist-to-hip ratio, as well as clinical classes of obesity, including up to 263,407 individuals of European ancestry, we identified 4 new loci (IGFBP4, H6PD, RSRC1 and PPP2R2A) influencing height detected in the distribution tails and 7 new loci (HNF4G, RPTOR, GNAT2, MRPS33P4, ADCY9, HS6ST3 and ZZZ3) for clinical classes of obesity. Further, we find a large overlap in genetic structure and the distribution of variants between traits based on extremes and the general population and little etiological heterogeneity between obesity subgroups.
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Serum testosterone levels in males are not associated with entrepreneurial behavior in two independent observational studies.
Physiol. Behav.
PUBLISHED: 03-08-2013
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Previous research has suggested a positive association between testosterone (T) and entrepreneurial behavior in males. However, this evidence was found in a study with a small sample size and has not been replicated. In the present study, we aimed to verify this association using two large, independent, population-based samples of males. We tested the association of T with entrepreneurial behavior, operationalized as self-employment, using data from the Rotterdam Study (N=587) and the Study of Health in Pomerania (N=1697). Total testosterone (TT) and sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) were measured in the serum. Free testosterone (FT), non-SHBG-bound T (non-SHBG-T), and the TT/SHBG ratio were calculated and used as measures of bioactive serum T, in addition to TT adjusted for SHBG. Using logistic regression models, we found no significant associations between any of the serum T measures and self-employment in either of the samples. To our knowledge, this is the first large-scale study on the relationship between serum T and entrepreneurial behavior.
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Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies in five cohorts reveals common variants in RBFOX1, a regulator of tissue-specific splicing, associated with refractive error.
Hum. Mol. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 03-07-2013
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Visual refractive errors (REs) are complex genetic traits with a largely unknown etiology. To date, genome-wide association studies (GWASs) of moderate size have identified several novel risk markers for RE, measured here as mean spherical equivalent (MSE). We performed a GWAS using a total of 7280 samples from five cohorts: the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS); the KORA study (Cooperative Health Research in the Region of Augsburg); the Framingham Eye Study (FES); the Ogliastra Genetic Park-Talana (OGP-Talana) Study and the Multiethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Genotyping was performed on Illumina and Affymetrix platforms with additional markers imputed to the HapMap II reference panel. We identified a new genome-wide significant locus on chromosome 16 (rs10500355, P = 3.9 × 10(-9)) in a combined discovery and replication set (26 953 samples). This single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) is located within the RBFOX1 gene which is a neuron-specific splicing factor regulating a wide range of alternative splicing events implicated in neuronal development and maturation, including transcription factors, other splicing factors and synaptic proteins.
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Common variants associated with plasma triglycerides and risk for coronary artery disease.
Ron Do, Cristen J Willer, Ellen M Schmidt, Sebanti Sengupta, Chi Gao, Gina M Peloso, Stefan Gustafsson, Stavroula Kanoni, Andrea Ganna, Jin Chen, Martin L Buchkovich, Samia Mora, Jacques S Beckmann, Jennifer L Bragg-Gresham, Hsing-Yi Chang, Ayse Demirkan, Heleen M den Hertog, Louise A Donnelly, Georg B Ehret, Tonu Esko, Mary F Feitosa, Teresa Ferreira, Krista Fischer, Pierre Fontanillas, Ross M Fraser, Daniel F Freitag, Deepti Gurdasani, Kauko Heikkilä, Elina Hyppönen, Aaron Isaacs, Anne U Jackson, Asa Johansson, Toby Johnson, Marika Kaakinen, Johannes Kettunen, Marcus E Kleber, Xiaohui Li, Jian'an Luan, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Patrik K E Magnusson, Massimo Mangino, Evelin Mihailov, May E Montasser, Martina Müller-Nurasyid, Ilja M Nolte, Jeffrey R O'Connell, Cameron D Palmer, Markus Perola, Ann-Kristin Petersen, Serena Sanna, Richa Saxena, Susan K Service, Sonia Shah, Dmitry Shungin, Carlo Sidore, Ci Song, Rona J Strawbridge, Ida Surakka, Toshiko Tanaka, Tanya M Teslovich, Gudmar Thorleifsson, Evita G van den Herik, Benjamin F Voight, Kelly A Volcik, Lindsay L Waite, Andrew Wong, Ying Wu, Weihua Zhang, Devin Absher, Gershim Asiki, Inês Barroso, Latonya F Been, Jennifer L Bolton, Lori L Bonnycastle, Paolo Brambilla, Mary S Burnett, Giancarlo Cesana, Maria Dimitriou, Alex S F Doney, Angela Döring, Paul Elliott, Stephen E Epstein, Gudmundur Ingi Eyjolfsson, Bruna Gigante, Mark O Goodarzi, Harald Grallert, Martha L Gravito, Christopher J Groves, Göran Hallmans, Anna-Liisa Hartikainen, Caroline Hayward, Dena Hernandez, Andrew A Hicks, Hilma Holm, Yi-Jen Hung, Thomas Illig, Michelle R Jones, Pontiano Kaleebu, John J P Kastelein, Kay-Tee Khaw, Eric Kim, Norman Klopp, Pirjo Komulainen, Meena Kumari, Claudia Langenberg, Terho Lehtimäki, Shih-Yi Lin, Jaana Lindström, Ruth J F Loos, François Mach, Wendy L McArdle, Christa Meisinger, Braxton D Mitchell, Gabrielle Müller, Ramaiah Nagaraja, Narisu Narisu, Tuomo V M Nieminen, Rebecca N Nsubuga, Isleifur Olafsson, Ken K Ong, Aarno Palotie, Theodore Papamarkou, Cristina Pomilla, Anneli Pouta, Daniel J Rader, Muredach P Reilly, Paul M Ridker, Fernando Rivadeneira, Igor Rudan, Aimo Ruokonen, Nilesh Samani, Hubert Scharnagl, Janet Seeley, Kaisa Silander, Alena Stančáková, Kathleen Stirrups, Amy J Swift, Laurence Tiret, André G Uitterlinden, L Joost van Pelt, Sailaja Vedantam, Nicholas Wainwright, Cisca Wijmenga, Sarah H Wild, Gonneke Willemsen, Tom Wilsgaard, James F Wilson, Elizabeth H Young, Jing Hua Zhao, Linda S Adair, Dominique Arveiler, Themistocles L Assimes, Stefania Bandinelli, Franklyn Bennett, Murielle Bochud, Bernhard O Boehm, Dorret I Boomsma, Ingrid B Borecki, Stefan R Bornstein, Pascal Bovet, Michel Burnier, Harry Campbell, Aravinda Chakravarti, John C Chambers, Yii-Der Ida Chen, Francis S Collins, Richard S Cooper, John Danesh, George Dedoussis, Ulf de Faire, Alan B Feranil, Jean Ferrières, Luigi Ferrucci, Nelson B Freimer, Christian Gieger, Leif C Groop, Vilmundur Gudnason, Ulf Gyllensten, Anders Hamsten, Tamara B Harris, Aroon Hingorani, Joel N Hirschhorn, Albert Hofman, G Kees Hovingh, Chao Agnes Hsiung, Steve E Humphries, Steven C Hunt, Kristian Hveem, Carlos Iribarren, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Antti Jula, Mika Kähönen, Jaakko Kaprio, Antero Kesäniemi, Mika Kivimäki, Jaspal S Kooner, Peter J Koudstaal, Ronald M Krauss, Diana Kuh, Johanna Kuusisto, Kirsten O Kyvik, Markku Laakso, Timo A Lakka, Lars Lind, Cecilia M Lindgren, Nicholas G Martin, Winfried März, Mark I McCarthy, Colin A McKenzie, Pierre Meneton, Andres Metspalu, Leena Moilanen, Andrew D Morris, Patricia B Munroe, Inger Njølstad, Nancy L Pedersen, Chris Power, Peter P Pramstaller, Jackie F Price, Bruce M Psaty, Thomas Quertermous, Rainer Rauramaa, Danish Saleheen, Veikko Salomaa, Dharambir K Sanghera, Jouko Saramies, Peter E H Schwarz, Wayne H-H Sheu, Alan R Shuldiner, Agneta Siegbahn, Tim D Spector, Kari Stefansson, David P Strachan, Bamidele O Tayo, Elena Tremoli, Jaakko Tuomilehto, Matti Uusitupa, Cornelia M van Duijn, Peter Vollenweider, Lars Wallentin, Nicholas J Wareham, John B Whitfield, Bruce H R Wolffenbuttel, David Altshuler, José M Ordovás, Eric Boerwinkle, Colin N A Palmer, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Daniel I Chasman, Jerome I Rotter, Paul W Franks, Samuli Ripatti, L Adrienne Cupples, Manjinder S Sandhu, Stephen S Rich, Michael Boehnke, Panos Deloukas, Karen L Mohlke, Erik Ingelsson, Gonçalo R Abecasis, Mark J Daly, Benjamin M Neale, Sekar Kathiresan.
Nat. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 02-20-2013
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Triglycerides are transported in plasma by specific triglyceride-rich lipoproteins; in epidemiological studies, increased triglyceride levels correlate with higher risk for coronary artery disease (CAD). However, it is unclear whether this association reflects causal processes. We used 185 common variants recently mapped for plasma lipids (P < 5 × 10(-8) for each) to examine the role of triglycerides in risk for CAD. First, we highlight loci associated with both low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and triglyceride levels, and we show that the direction and magnitude of the associations with both traits are factors in determining CAD risk. Second, we consider loci with only a strong association with triglycerides and show that these loci are also associated with CAD. Finally, in a model accounting for effects on LDL-C and/or high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) levels, the strength of a polymorphisms effect on triglyceride levels is correlated with the magnitude of its effect on CAD risk. These results suggest that triglyceride-rich lipoproteins causally influence risk for CAD.
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Genome-wide association studies identify four ER negative-specific breast cancer risk loci.
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Nat. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 01-29-2013
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Estrogen receptor (ER)-negative tumors represent 20-30% of all breast cancers, with a higher proportion occurring in younger women and women of African ancestry. The etiology and clinical behavior of ER-negative tumors are different from those of tumors expressing ER (ER positive), including differences in genetic predisposition. To identify susceptibility loci specific to ER-negative disease, we combined in a meta-analysis 3 genome-wide association studies of 4,193 ER-negative breast cancer cases and 35,194 controls with a series of 40 follow-up studies (6,514 cases and 41,455 controls), genotyped using a custom Illumina array, iCOGS, developed by the Collaborative Oncological Gene-environment Study (COGS). SNPs at four loci, 1q32.1 (MDM4, P = 2.1 × 10(-12) and LGR6, P = 1.4 × 10(-8)), 2p24.1 (P = 4.6 × 10(-8)) and 16q12.2 (FTO, P = 4.0 × 10(-8)), were associated with ER-negative but not ER-positive breast cancer (P > 0.05). These findings provide further evidence for distinct etiological pathways associated with invasive ER-positive and ER-negative breast cancers.
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Best practices and joint calling of the HumanExome BeadChip: the CHARGE Consortium.
PLoS ONE
PUBLISHED: 01-01-2013
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Genotyping arrays are a cost effective approach when typing previously-identified genetic polymorphisms in large numbers of samples. One limitation of genotyping arrays with rare variants (e.g., minor allele frequency [MAF] <0.01) is the difficulty that automated clustering algorithms have to accurately detect and assign genotype calls. Combining intensity data from large numbers of samples may increase the ability to accurately call the genotypes of rare variants. Approximately 62,000 ethnically diverse samples from eleven Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE) Consortium cohorts were genotyped with the Illumina HumanExome BeadChip across seven genotyping centers. The raw data files for the samples were assembled into a single project for joint calling. To assess the quality of the joint calling, concordance of genotypes in a subset of individuals having both exome chip and exome sequence data was analyzed. After exclusion of low performing SNPs on the exome chip and non-overlap of SNPs derived from sequence data, genotypes of 185,119 variants (11,356 were monomorphic) were compared in 530 individuals that had whole exome sequence data. A total of 98,113,070 pairs of genotypes were tested and 99.77% were concordant, 0.14% had missing data, and 0.09% were discordant. We report that joint calling allows the ability to accurately genotype rare variation using array technology when large sample sizes are available and best practices are followed. The cluster file from this experiment is available at www.chargeconsortium.com/main/exomechip.
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Genetic loci for retinal arteriolar microcirculation.
PLoS ONE
PUBLISHED: 01-01-2013
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Narrow arterioles in the retina have been shown to predict hypertension as well as other vascular diseases, likely through an increase in the peripheral resistance of the microcirculatory flow. In this study, we performed a genome-wide association study in 18,722 unrelated individuals of European ancestry from the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology consortium and the Blue Mountain Eye Study, to identify genetic determinants associated with variations in retinal arteriolar caliber. Retinal vascular calibers were measured on digitized retinal photographs using a standardized protocol. One variant (rs2194025 on chromosome 5q14 near the myocyte enhancer factor 2C MEF2C gene) was associated with retinal arteriolar caliber in the meta-analysis of the discovery cohorts at genome-wide significance of P-value <5×10(-8). This variant was replicated in an additional 3,939 individuals of European ancestry from the Australian Twins Study and Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (rs2194025, P-value?=?2.11×10(-12) in combined meta-analysis of discovery and replication cohorts). In independent studies of modest sample sizes, no significant association was found between this variant and clinical outcomes including coronary artery disease, stroke, myocardial infarction or hypertension. In conclusion, we found one novel loci which underlie genetic variation in microvasculature which may be relevant to vascular disease. The relevance of these findings to clinical outcomes remains to be determined.
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The molecular genetic architecture of self-employment.
PLoS ONE
PUBLISHED: 01-01-2013
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Economic variables such as income, education, and occupation are known to affect mortality and morbidity, such as cardiovascular disease, and have also been shown to be partly heritable. However, very little is known about which genes influence economic variables, although these genes may have both a direct and an indirect effect on health. We report results from the first large-scale collaboration that studies the molecular genetic architecture of an economic variable-entrepreneurship-that was operationalized using self-employment, a widely-available proxy. Our results suggest that common SNPs when considered jointly explain about half of the narrow-sense heritability of self-employment estimated in twin data (?(g)(2)/?(P)(2)?=?25%, h(2)?=?55%). However, a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies across sixteen studies comprising 50,627 participants did not identify genome-wide significant SNPs. 58 SNPs with p<10(-5) were tested in a replication sample (n?=?3,271), but none replicated. Furthermore, a gene-based test shows that none of the genes that were previously suggested in the literature to influence entrepreneurship reveal significant associations. Finally, SNP-based genetic scores that use results from the meta-analysis capture less than 0.2% of the variance in self-employment in an independent sample (p?0.039). Our results are consistent with a highly polygenic molecular genetic architecture of self-employment, with many genetic variants of small effect. Although self-employment is a multi-faceted, heavily environmentally influenced, and biologically distal trait, our results are similar to those for other genetically complex and biologically more proximate outcomes, such as height, intelligence, personality, and several diseases.
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Hypertension
PUBLISHED: 12-27-2011
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Hypertension is an important determinant of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality and has a substantial heritability, which is likely of polygenic origin. The aim of this study was to assess to what extent multiple common genetic variants contribute to blood pressure regulation in both adults and children and to assess overlap in variants between different age groups, using genome-wide profiling. Single nucleotide polymorphism sets were defined based on a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies on systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure performed by the Cohort for Heart and Aging Research in Genome Epidemiology (n=29 136), using different P value thresholds for selecting single nucleotide polymorphisms. Subsequently, genetic risk scores for systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure were calculated in an independent adult population (n=2072) and a child population (n=1034). The explained variance of the genetic risk scores was evaluated using linear regression models, including sex, age, and body mass index. Genetic risk scores, including also many nongenome-wide significant single nucleotide polymorphisms, explained more of the variance than scores based only on very significant single nucleotide polymorphisms in adults and children. Genetic risk scores significantly explained ?1.2% (P=9.6*10(-8)) of the variance in adult systolic blood pressure and 0.8% (P=0.004) in children. For diastolic blood pressure, the variance explained was similar in adults and children (1.7% [P=8.9*10(-10)] and 1.4% [P=3.3*10(-5)], respectively). These findings suggest the presence of many genetic loci with small effects on blood pressure regulation both in adults and children, indicating also a (partly) common polygenic regulation of blood pressure throughout different periods of life.
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Circ Cardiovasc Genet
PUBLISHED: 12-23-2011
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Genetic determinants of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) remain largely unknown. To identify genetic variants associated with the ankle-brachial index (ABI), a noninvasive measure of PAD, we conducted a meta-analysis of genome-wide association study data from 21 population-based cohorts.
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Eur. J. Hum. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 12-21-2011
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Genotype imputation has become an essential tool in the analysis of genome-wide association scans. This technique allows investigators to test association at ungenotyped genetic markers, and to combine results across studies that rely on different genotyping platforms. In addition, imputation is used within long-running studies to reuse genotypes produced across generations of platforms. Typically, genotypes of controls are reused and cases are genotyped on more novel platforms yielding a case-control study that is not matched for genotyping platforms. In this study, we scrutinize such a situation and validate GWAS results by actually retyping top-ranking SNPs with the Sequenom MassArray platform. We discuss the needed quality controls (QCs). In doing so, we report a considerable discrepancy between the results from imputed and retyped data when applying recommended QCs from the literature. These discrepancies appear to be caused by extrapolating differences between arrays by the process of imputation. To avoid false positive results, we recommend that more stringent QCs should be applied. We also advocate reporting the imputation quality measure (R(T)(2)) for the post-imputation QCs in publications.
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