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Heme Oxygenase-1 Gene Promoter Microsatellite Polymorphism Is Associated With Progressive Atherosclerosis and Incident Cardiovascular Disease.
Arterioscler. Thromb. Vasc. Biol.
PUBLISHED: 11-01-2014
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The enzyme heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) exerts cytoprotective effects in response to various cellular stressors. A variable number tandem repeat polymorphism in the HO-1 gene promoter region has previously been linked to cardiovascular disease. We examined this association prospectively in the general population.
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Translating bioinformatics in oncology: guilt-by-profiling analysis and identification of KIF18B and CDCA3 as novel driver genes in carcinogenesis.
Bioinformatics
PUBLISHED: 09-18-2014
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Co-regulated genes are not identified in traditional microarray analyses, but may theoretically be closely functionally linked [guilt-by-association (GBA), guilt-by-profiling]. Thus, bioinformatics procedures for guilt-by-profiling/association analysis have yet to be applied to large-scale cancer biology. We analyzed 2158 full cancer transcriptomes from 163 diverse cancer entities in regard of their similarity of gene expression, using Pearson's correlation coefficient (CC). Subsequently, 428 highly co-regulated genes (|CC| ? 0.8) were clustered unsupervised to obtain small co-regulated networks. A major subnetwork containing 61 closely co-regulated genes showed highly significant enrichment of cancer bio-functions. All genes except kinesin family member 18B (KIF18B) and cell division cycle associated 3 (CDCA3) were of confirmed relevance for tumor biology. Therefore, we independently analyzed their differential regulation in multiple tumors and found severe deregulation in liver, breast, lung, ovarian and kidney cancers, thus proving our GBA hypothesis. Overexpression of KIF18B and CDCA3 in hepatoma cells and subsequent microarray analysis revealed significant deregulation of central cell cycle regulatory genes. Consistently, RT-PCR and proliferation assay confirmed the role of both genes in cell cycle progression. Finally, the prognostic significance of the identified KIF18B- and CDCA3-dependent predictors (P = 0.01, P = 0.04) was demonstrated in three independent HCC cohorts and several other tumors. In summary, we proved the efficacy of large-scale guilt-by-profiling/association strategies in oncology. We identified two novel oncogenes and functionally characterized them. The strong prognostic importance of downstream predictors for HCC and many other tumors indicates the clinical relevance of our findings.
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How fast up the ladder? Factors associated with immunosuppressive or anti-TNF therapies in IBD patients at early stages: results from a population-based cohort.
Int J Colorectal Dis
PUBLISHED: 09-03-2014
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With the introduction of anti-TNF therapies in the treatment of IBD, the therapeutic strategies have changed to an accelerated step-up care to avoid long-term complications. Little is known about the implementation of these strategies into daily care. We aimed to evaluate this question and to identify factors associated with the early use of immunosuppressants or anti-TNF therapies in a population-based IBD cohort.
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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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Cytoplasmic salt bridge formation in integrin ?vß3 stabilizes its inactive state affecting integrin-mediated cell biological effects.
Cell. Signal.
PUBLISHED: 06-16-2014
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Heterodimeric integrin receptors are mediators of cell adhesion, motility, invasion, proliferation, and survival. By this, they are crucially involved in (tumor) cell biological behavior. Integrins trigger signals bidirectionally across cell membranes: by outside-in, following binding of protein ligands of the extracellular matrix, and by inside-out, where proteins are recruited to ß-integrin cytoplasmic tails resulting in conformational changes leading to increased integrin binding affinity and integrin activation. Computational modeling and experimental/mutational approaches imply that associations of integrin transmembrane domains stabilize the low-affinity integrin state. Moreover, a cytoplasmic interchain salt bridge is discussed to contribute to a tight clasp of the ?/ß-membrane-proximal regions; however, its existence and physiological relevance for integrin activation are still a controversial issue. In order to further elucidate the functional role of salt bridge formation, we designed mutants of the tumor biologically relevant integrin ?vß3 by mutually exchanging the salt bridge forming amino acid residues on each chain (?vR995D and ß3D723R). Following transfection of human ovarian cancer cells with different combinations of wild type and mutated integrin chains, we showed that loss of salt bridge formation strengthened ?vß3-mediated adhesion to vitronectin, provoked recruitment of cytoskeletal proteins, such as talin, and induced integrin signaling, ultimately resulting in enhanced cell migration, proliferation, and activation of integrin-related signaling molecules. These data support the notion of a functional relevance of integrin cytoplasmic salt bridge disruption during integrin activation.
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Genetic association study of QT interval highlights role for calcium signaling pathways in myocardial repolarization.
Dan E Arking, Sara L Pulit, Lia Crotti, Pim van der Harst, Patricia B Munroe, Tamara T Koopmann, Nona Sotoodehnia, Elizabeth J Rossin, Michael Morley, Xinchen Wang, Andrew D Johnson, Alicia Lundby, Daniel F Gudbjartsson, Peter A Noseworthy, Mark Eijgelsheim, Yuki Bradford, Kirill V Tarasov, Marcus Dörr, Martina Müller-Nurasyid, Annukka M Lahtinen, Ilja M Nolte, Albert Vernon Smith, Joshua C Bis, Aaron Isaacs, Stephen J Newhouse, Daniel S Evans, Wendy S Post, Daryl Waggott, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Andrew A Hicks, Lewin Eisele, David Ellinghaus, Caroline Hayward, Pau Navarro, Sheila Ulivi, Toshiko Tanaka, David J Tester, Stéphanie Chatel, Stefan Gustafsson, Meena Kumari, Richard W Morris, Asa T Naluai, Sandosh Padmanabhan, Alexander Kluttig, Bernhard Strohmer, Andrie G Panayiotou, Maria Torres, Michael Knoflach, Jaroslav A Hubacek, Kamil Slowikowski, Soumya Raychaudhuri, Runjun D Kumar, Tamara B Harris, Lenore J Launer, Alan R Shuldiner, Alvaro Alonso, Joel S Bader, Georg Ehret, Hailiang Huang, W H Linda Kao, James B Strait, Peter W Macfarlane, Morris Brown, Mark J Caulfield, Nilesh J Samani, Florian Kronenberg, Johann Willeit, , J Gustav Smith, Karin H Greiser, Henriette Meyer zu Schwabedissen, Karl Werdan, Massimo Carella, Leopoldo Zelante, Susan R Heckbert, Bruce M Psaty, Jerome I Rotter, Ivana Kolčić, Ozren Polašek, Alan F Wright, Maura Griffin, Mark J Daly, David O Arnar, Hilma Holm, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Joshua C Denny, Dan M Roden, Rebecca L Zuvich, Valur Emilsson, Andrew S Plump, Martin G Larson, Christopher J O'Donnell, Xiaoyan Yin, Marco Bobbo, Adamo P d'Adamo, AnnaMaria Iorio, Gianfranco Sinagra, Angel Carracedo, Steven R Cummings, Michael A Nalls, Antti Jula, Kimmo K Kontula, Annukka Marjamaa, Lasse Oikarinen, Markus Perola, Kimmo Porthan, Raimund Erbel, Per Hoffmann, Karl-Heinz Jöckel, Hagen Kälsch, Markus M Nöthen, Marcel den Hoed, Ruth J F Loos, Dag S Thelle, Christian Gieger, Thomas Meitinger, Siegfried Perz, Annette Peters, Hanna Prucha, Moritz F Sinner, Melanie Waldenberger, Rudolf A de Boer, Lude Franke, Pieter A van der Vleuten, Britt Maria Beckmann, Eimo Martens, Abdennasser Bardai, Nynke Hofman, Arthur A M Wilde, Elijah R Behr, Chrysoula Dalageorgou, John R Giudicessi, Argelia Medeiros-Domingo, Julien Barc, Florence Kyndt, Vincent Probst, Alice Ghidoni, Roberto Insolia, Robert M Hamilton, Stephen W Scherer, Jeffrey Brandimarto, Kenneth Margulies, Christine E Moravec, Fabiola Del Greco M, Christian Fuchsberger, Jeffrey R O'Connell, Wai K Lee, Graham C M Watt, Harry Campbell, Sarah H Wild, Nour E El Mokhtari, Norbert Frey, Folkert W Asselbergs, Irene Mateo Leach, Gerjan Navis, Maarten P van den Berg, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, Manolis Kellis, Bouwe P Krijthe, Oscar H Franco, Albert Hofman, Jan A Kors, André G Uitterlinden, Jacqueline C M Witteman, Lyudmyla Kedenko, Claudia Lamina, Ben A Oostra, Gonçalo R Abecasis, Edward G Lakatta, Antonella Mulas, Marco Orrù, David Schlessinger, Manuela Uda, Marcello R P Markus, Uwe Völker, Harold Snieder, Timothy D Spector, Johan Arnlöv, Lars Lind, Johan Sundström, Ann-Christine Syvänen, Mika Kivimäki, Mika Kähönen, Nina Mononen, Olli T Raitakari, Jorma S Viikari, Vera Adamkova, Stefan Kiechl, María Brión, Andrew N Nicolaides, Bernhard Paulweber, Johannes Haerting, Anna F Dominiczak, Fredrik Nyberg, Peter H Whincup, Aroon D Hingorani, Jean-Jacques Schott, Connie R Bezzina, Erik Ingelsson, Luigi Ferrucci, Paolo Gasparini, James F Wilson, Igor Rudan, Andre Franke, Thomas W Mühleisen, Peter P Pramstaller, Terho J Lehtimäki, Andrew D Paterson, Afshin Parsa, Yongmei Liu, Cornelia M van Duijn, David S Siscovick, Vilmundur Gudnason, Yalda Jamshidi, Veikko Salomaa, Stephan B Felix, Serena Sanna, Marylyn D Ritchie, Bruno H Stricker, Kari Stefansson, Laurie A Boyer, Thomas P Cappola, Jesper V Olsen, Kasper Lage, Peter J Schwartz, Stefan Kääb, Aravinda Chakravarti, Michael J Ackerman, Arne Pfeufer, Paul I W de Bakker, Christopher Newton-Cheh.
Nat. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 05-29-2014
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The QT interval, an electrocardiographic measure reflecting myocardial repolarization, is a heritable trait. QT prolongation is a risk factor for ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death (SCD) and could indicate the presence of the potentially lethal mendelian long-QT syndrome (LQTS). Using a genome-wide association and replication study in up to 100,000 individuals, we identified 35 common variant loci associated with QT interval that collectively explain ?8-10% of QT-interval variation and highlight the importance of calcium regulation in myocardial repolarization. Rare variant analysis of 6 new QT interval-associated loci in 298 unrelated probands with LQTS identified coding variants not found in controls but of uncertain causality and therefore requiring validation. Several newly identified loci encode proteins that physically interact with other recognized repolarization proteins. Our integration of common variant association, expression and orthogonal protein-protein interaction screens provides new insights into cardiac electrophysiology and identifies new candidate genes for ventricular arrhythmias, LQTS and SCD.
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Regulation and function of the atypical cadherin FAT1 in hepatocellular carcinoma.
Carcinogenesis
PUBLISHED: 03-03-2014
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In human cancers, giant cadherin FAT1 may function both, as an oncogene and a tumor suppressor. Here, we investigated the expression and function of FAT1 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). FAT1 expression was increased in human HCC cell lines and tissues compared with primary human hepatocytes and non-tumorous liver tissue as assessed by quantitative PCR and western blot analysis. Combined immunohistochemical and tissue microarray analysis showed a significant correlation of FAT1 expression with tumor stage and proliferation. Suppression of FAT1 expression by short hairpin RNA impaired proliferation and migration as well as apoptosis resistance of HCC cells in vitro. In nude mice, tumors formed by FAT1-suppressed HCC cells showed a delayed onset and more apoptosis compared with tumors of control cells. Both hepatocyte growth factor and hypoxia-mediated hypoxia-inducible factor 1 alpha activation were identified as strong inducers of FAT1 in HCC. Moreover, demethylating agents induced FAT1 expression in HCC cells. Hypoxia lead to reduced levels of the methyl group donor S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAM) and hypoxia-induced FAT1 expression was inhibited by SAM supplementation in HCC cells. Together, these findings indicate that FAT1 expression in HCC is regulated via promotor methylation. FAT1 appears as relevant mediator of hypoxia and growth receptor signaling to critical tumorigenic pathways in HCC. This knowledge may facilitate the rational design of novel therapeutics against this highly aggressive malignancy.
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Controversial association results for INSIG2 on body mass index may be explained by interactions with age and with MC4R.
Eur. J. Hum. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 02-12-2014
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Among the single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) previously reported to be associated with body mass index (BMI) and obesity, we focus on a common risk variant rs7566605 upstream of the insulin-induced gene 2 (INSIG2) gene and a rare protective variant rs2229616 on the melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R) gene. INSIG2 is involved in adipogenesis and MC4R effects hormonal appetite control in response to the amount of adipose tissue. The influence of rs2229616 (MC4R) on BMI and obesity has been confirmed repeatedly and insight into the underlying mechanism provided. However, a main effect of rs7566605 (INSIG2) is under debate because of inconsistent replications of association. Interaction of rs7566605 with age may offer an explanation. SNP-age and SNP-SNP interaction models were tested on independent individuals from three population-based longitudinal cohorts, restricting the analysis to an observed age of 25-74 years. KORA S3/F3, KORA S4/F4 (Augsburg, Germany, 1994-2005, 1999-2008), and Framingham-Offspring data (Framingham, USA, 1971-2001) were analysed, with a total sample size of N=6926 in the joint analysis. The effect of interaction between rs7566605 and age on BMI and obesity status is significant and consistent across studies. This new evidence for rs7566605 (INSIG2) complements previous research. In addition, the interaction effect of rs7566605 with the MC4R variant rs2229616 on BMI was observed. This effect size was three times larger than that in a previously reported single-locus main effect of rs2229616. This leads to the conclusion that SNP-age or SNP-SNP interactions can mask genetic effects for complex diseases if left unaccounted for.
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Harmonization of study and reference data by PhaseLift: saving time when imputing study data.
Genet. Epidemiol.
PUBLISHED: 02-06-2014
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Genome-wide association studies are usually accompanied by imputation techniques to complement genome-wide SNP chip genotypes. Current imputation approaches separate the phasing of study data from imputing, which makes the phasing independent from the reference data. The two-step approach allows for updating the imputation for a new reference panel without repeating the tedious phasing step. This advantage, however, does no longer hold, when the build of the study data differs from the build of the reference data. In this case, the current approach is to harmonize the study data annotation with the reference data (prephasing lift-over), requiring rephasing and re-imputing. As a novel approach, we propose to harmonize study haplotypes with reference haplotypes (postphasing lift-over). This allows for updating imputed study data for new reference panels without requiring rephasing. With continuously updated reference panels, our approach can save considerable computing time of up to 1 month per re-imputation. We evaluated the rephasing and postphasing lift-over approaches by using data from 1,644 unrelated individuals imputed by both approaches and comparing it with directly typed genotypes. On average, both approaches perform equally well with mean concordances of 93% between imputed and typed genotypes for both approaches. Also, imputation qualities are similar (mean difference in RSQ < 0.1%). We demonstrate that our novel postphasing lift-over approach is a practical and time-saving alternative to the prephasing lift-over. This might encourage study partners to accommodate updated reference builds and ultimately improve the information content of study data. Our novel approach is implemented in the software PhaseLift.
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Increased expression of c-Jun in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
Lab. Invest.
PUBLISHED: 02-03-2014
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Overnutrition is the major cause of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and its advanced form nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). We aimed to develop and characterize a murine model, which resembles both the pathology and nutritional situation, of NASH patients in Western societies. Mice were fed with a NASH-inducing diet (ND) containing sucrose, cholesterol and fats rich in saturated fatty acids in a composition, which mimics Western food. After 12 weeks, ND-fed mice revealed obesity and impaired glucose tolerance. In the liver, ND-feeding led to marked steatosis, hepatocellular damage, inflammation and beginning fibrosis. Transcriptome-wide gene expression analysis and search for over-represented transcription factor target sites among the differentially expressed genes identified activator protein-1 (AP-1) as the most likely factor to cause the transcriptional changes in ND livers. Combining differentially expressed gene and protein-protein interaction network analysis identified c-Jun as hub in the largest connected deregulated sub-network in ND livers. Accordingly, ND livers revealed c-Jun-phosphorylation and nuclear translocation. Moreover, hepatic c-Jun expression was enhanced in ND-fed mice. Combined tissue microarray technology and immunohistochemical analysis confirmed enhanced hepatic c-Jun levels in NAFLD patients, which correlated with inflammation, and notably, with the degree of hepatic steatosis. In summary, our new mouse model shows important pathological changes also found in human NASH and indicates c-Jun/AP-1 activation as critical regulator of hepatic alterations. Abundance of c-Jun in NAFLD likely facilitates development and progression of NASH.
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Smoking increases the risk of extraintestinal manifestations in Crohn's disease.
World J. Gastroenterol.
PUBLISHED: 01-22-2014
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To demonstrate a high prevalence of extraintestinal manifestations (EIMs) in a prospective population-based cohort of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients at first diagnosis as well as during the early course of the disease.
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Leveraging cross-species transcription factor binding site patterns: from diabetes risk loci to disease mechanisms.
Cell
PUBLISHED: 01-21-2014
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Genome-wide association studies have revealed numerous risk loci associated with diverse diseases. However, identification of disease-causing variants within association loci remains a major challenge. Divergence in gene expression due to cis-regulatory variants in noncoding regions is central to disease susceptibility. We show that integrative computational analysis of phylogenetic conservation with a complexity assessment of co-occurring transcription factor binding sites (TFBS) can identify cis-regulatory variants and elucidate their mechanistic role in disease. Analysis of established type 2 diabetes risk loci revealed a striking clustering of distinct homeobox TFBS. We identified the PRRX1 homeobox factor as a repressor of PPARG2 expression in adipose cells and demonstrate its adverse effect on lipid metabolism and systemic insulin sensitivity, dependent on the rs4684847 risk allele that triggers PRRX1 binding. Thus, cross-species conservation analysis at the level of co-occurring TFBS provides a valuable contribution to the translation of genetic association signals to disease-related molecular mechanisms.
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To biopsy or not to biopsy: evaluation of a large german cohort of patients with abnormal liver tests of unknown etiology.
Digestion
PUBLISHED: 01-17-2014
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Despite increasingly sensitive and accurate blood tests to detect liver disease, liver biopsy remains very useful in patients with atypical clinical features and abnormal liver tests of unknown etiology. The aim was to determine those elevated laboratory liver parameters that cause the clinician to order a biopsy, and whether laboratory tests are associated with pathological findings on histology.
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Genome-wide trans-ancestry meta-analysis provides insight into the genetic architecture of type 2 diabetes susceptibility.
, Anubha Mahajan, Min Jin Go, Weihua Zhang, Jennifer E Below, Kyle J Gaulton, Teresa Ferreira, Momoko Horikoshi, Andrew D Johnson, Maggie C Y Ng, Inga Prokopenko, Danish Saleheen, Xu Wang, Eleftheria Zeggini, Gonçalo R Abecasis, Linda S Adair, Peter Almgren, Mustafa Atalay, Tin Aung, Damiano Baldassarre, Beverley Balkau, Yuqian Bao, Anthony H Barnett, Inês Barroso, Abdul Basit, Latonya F Been, John Beilby, Graeme I Bell, Rafn Benediktsson, Richard N Bergman, Bernhard O Boehm, Eric Boerwinkle, Lori L Bonnycastle, Noel Burtt, Qiuyin Cai, Harry Campbell, Jason Carey, Stéphane Cauchi, Mark Caulfield, Juliana C N Chan, Li-Ching Chang, Tien-Jyun Chang, Yi-Cheng Chang, Guillaume Charpentier, Chien-Hsiun Chen, Han Chen, Yuan-Tsong Chen, Kee-Seng Chia, Manickam Chidambaram, Peter S Chines, Nam H Cho, Young Min Cho, Lee-Ming Chuang, Francis S Collins, Marylin C Cornelis, David J Couper, Andrew T Crenshaw, Rob M Van Dam, John Danesh, Debashish Das, Ulf de Faire, George Dedoussis, Panos Deloukas, Antigone S Dimas, Christian Dina, Alex S Doney, Peter J Donnelly, Mozhgan Dorkhan, Cornelia van Duijn, Josée Dupuis, Sarah Edkins, Paul Elliott, Valur Emilsson, Raimund Erbel, Johan G Eriksson, Jorge Escobedo, Tonu Esko, Elodie Eury, Jose C Florez, Pierre Fontanillas, Nita G Forouhi, Tom Forsén, Caroline Fox, Ross M Fraser, Timothy M Frayling, Philippe Froguel, Philippe Frossard, Yutang Gao, Karl Gertow, Christian Gieger, Bruna Gigante, Harald Grallert, George B Grant, Leif C Grrop, Chrisropher J Groves, Elin Grundberg, Candace Guiducci, Anders Hamsten, Bok-Ghee Han, Kazuo Hara, Neelam Hassanali, Andrew T Hattersley, Caroline Hayward, Asa K Hedman, Christian Herder, Albert Hofman, Oddgeir L Holmen, Kees Hovingh, Astradur B Hreidarsson, Cheng Hu, Frank B Hu, Jennie Hui, Steve E Humphries, Sarah E Hunt, David J Hunter, Kristian Hveem, Zafar I Hydrie, Hiroshi Ikegami, Thomas Illig, Erik Ingelsson, Muhammed Islam, Bo Isomaa, Anne U Jackson, Tazeen Jafar, Alan James, Weiping Jia, Karl-Heinz Jöckel, Anna Jonsson, Jeremy B M Jowett, Takashi Kadowaki, Hyun Min Kang, Stavroula Kanoni, Wen Hong L Kao, Sekar Kathiresan, Norihiro Kato, Prasad Katulanda, Kirkka M Keinanen-Kiukaanniemi, Ann M Kelly, Hassan Khan, Kay-Tee Khaw, Chiea-Chuen Khor, Hyung-Lae Kim, Sangsoo Kim, Young Jin Kim, Leena Kinnunen, Norman Klopp, Augustine Kong, Eeva Korpi-Hyövälti, Sudhir Kowlessur, Peter Kraft, Jasmina Kravic, Malene M Kristensen, S Krithika, Ashish Kumar, Jesus Kumate, Johanna Kuusisto, Soo Heon Kwak, Markku Laakso, Vasiliki Lagou, Timo A Lakka, Claudia Langenberg, Cordelia Langford, Robert Lawrence, Karin Leander, Jen-Mai Lee, Nanette R Lee, Man Li, Xinzhong Li, Yun Li, Junbin Liang, Samuel Liju, Wei-Yen Lim, Lars Lind, Cecilia M Lindgren, Eero Lindholm, Ching-Ti Liu, Jian Jun Liu, Stéphane Lobbens, Jirong Long, Ruth J F Loos, Wei Lu, Jian'an Luan, Valeriya Lyssenko, Ronald C W Ma, Shiro Maeda, Reedik Mägi, Satu Mannisto, David R Matthews, James B Meigs, Olle Melander, Andres Metspalu, Julia Meyer, Ghazala Mirza, Evelin Mihailov, Susanne Moebus, Viswanathan Mohan, Karen L Mohlke, Andrew D Morris, Thomas W Mühleisen, Martina Müller-Nurasyid, Bill Musk, Jiro Nakamura, Eitaro Nakashima, Pau Navarro, Peng-Keat Ng, Alexandra C Nica, Peter M Nilsson, Inger Njølstad, Markus M Nöthen, Keizo Ohnaka, Twee Hee Ong, Katharine R Owen, Colin N A Palmer, James S Pankow, Kyong Soo Park, Melissa Parkin, Sonali Pechlivanis, Nancy L Pedersen, Leena Peltonen, John R B Perry, Annette Peters, Janini M Pinidiyapathirage, Carl G Platou, Simon Potter, Jackie F Price, Lu Qi, Venkatesan Radha, Loukianos Rallidis, Asif Rasheed, Wolfgang Rathman, Rainer Rauramaa, Soumya Raychaudhuri, N William Rayner, Simon D Rees, Emil Rehnberg, Samuli Ripatti, Neil Robertson, Michael Roden, Elizabeth J Rossin, Igor Rudan, Denis Rybin, Timo E Saaristo, Veikko Salomaa, Juha Saltevo, Maria Samuel, Dharambir K Sanghera, Jouko Saramies, James Scott, Laura J Scott, Robert A Scott, Ayellet V Segrè, Joban Sehmi, Bengt Sennblad, Nabi Shah, Sonia Shah, A Samad Shera, Xiao Ou Shu, Alan R Shuldiner, Gunnar Sigurđsson, Eric Sijbrands, Angela Silveira, Xueling Sim, Suthesh Sivapalaratnam, Kerrin S Small, Wing Yee So, Alena Stančáková, Kari Stefansson, Gerald Steinbach, Valgerdur Steinthorsdottir, Kathleen Stirrups, Rona J Strawbridge, Heather M Stringham, Qi Sun, Chen Suo, Ann-Christine Syvänen, Ryoichi Takayanagi, Fumihiko Takeuchi, Wan Ting Tay, Tanya M Teslovich, Barbara Thorand, Gudmar Thorleifsson, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Emmi Tikkanen, Joseph Trakalo, Elena Tremoli, Mieke D Trip, Fuu Jen Tsai, Tiinamaija Tuomi, Jaakko Tuomilehto, André G Uitterlinden, Adán Valladares-Salgado, Sailaja Vedantam, Fabrizio Veglia, Benjamin F Voight, Congrong Wang, Nicholas J Wareham, Roman Wennauer, Ananda R Wickremasinghe, Tom Wilsgaard, James F Wilson, Steven Wiltshire, Wendy Winckler, Tien Yin Wong, Andrew R Wood, Jer-Yuarn Wu, Ying Wu, Ken Yamamoto, Toshimasa Yamauchi, Mingyu Yang, Loïc Yengo, Mitsuhiro Yokota, Robin Young, Delilah Zabaneh, Fan Zhang, Rong Zhang, Wei Zheng, Paul Z Zimmet, David Altshuler, Donald W Bowden, Yoon Shin Cho, Nancy J Cox, Miguel Cruz, Craig L Hanis, Jaspal Kooner, Jong-Young Lee, Mark Seielstad, Yik Ying Teo, Michael Boehnke, Esteban J Parra, Jonh C Chambers, E Shyong Tai, Mark I McCarthy, Andrew P Morris.
Nat. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 01-17-2014
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To further understanding of the genetic basis of type 2 diabetes (T2D) susceptibility, we aggregated published meta-analyses of genome-wide association studies (GWAS), including 26,488 cases and 83,964 controls of European, east Asian, south Asian and Mexican and Mexican American ancestry. We observed a significant excess in the directional consistency of T2D risk alleles across ancestry groups, even at SNPs demonstrating only weak evidence of association. By following up the strongest signals of association from the trans-ethnic meta-analysis in an additional 21,491 cases and 55,647 controls of European ancestry, we identified seven new T2D susceptibility loci. Furthermore, we observed considerable improvements in the fine-mapping resolution of common variant association signals at several T2D susceptibility loci. These observations highlight the benefits of trans-ethnic GWAS for the discovery and characterization of complex trait loci and emphasize an exciting opportunity to extend insight into the genetic architecture and pathogenesis of human diseases across populations of diverse ancestry.
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p53 Family and Cellular Stress Responses in Cancer.
Front Oncol
PUBLISHED: 01-01-2014
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p53 is an important tumor suppressor gene, which is stimulated by cellular stress like ionizing radiation, hypoxia, carcinogens, and oxidative stress. Upon activation, p53 leads to cell-cycle arrest and promotes DNA repair or induces apoptosis via several pathways. p63 and p73 are structural homologs of p53 that can act similarly to the protein and also hold functions distinct from p53. Today more than 40 different isoforms of the p53 family members are known. They result from transcription via different promoters and alternative splicing. Some isoforms have carcinogenic properties and mediate resistance to chemotherapy. Therefore, expression patterns of the p53 family genes can offer prognostic information in several malignant tumors. Furthermore, the p53 family constitutes a potential target for cancer therapy. Small molecules (e.g., Nutlins, RITA, PRIMA-1, and MIRA-1 among others) have been objects of intense research interest in recent years. They restore pro-apoptotic wild-type p53 function and were shown to break chemotherapeutic resistance. Due to p53 family interactions small molecules also influence p63 and p73 activity. Thus, the members of the p53 family are key players in the cellular stress response in cancer and are expected to grow in importance as therapeutic targets.
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Downregulation of P-cadherin expression in hepatocellular carcinoma induces tumorigenicity.
Int J Clin Exp Pathol
PUBLISHED: 01-01-2014
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P-cadherin is a major contributor to cell-cell adhesion in epithelial tissues, playing pivotal roles in important morphogenetic and differentiation processes and in maintaining tissue integrity and homeostasis. Alterations of P-cadherin expression have been observed during the progression of several carcinomas where it appears to act as tumor suppressive or oncogenic in a context-dependent manner. Here, we found a significant downregulation of P-cadherin in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell lines and tissues compared to primary human hepatocytes and non-malignant liver tissues. Combined immunohistochemical analysis of a tissue microarray containing matched pairs of HCC tissue and corresponding non-tumorous liver tissue of 69 patients confirmed reduced P-cadherin expression in more than half of the cases. In 35 human HCC tissues, the P-cadherin immunosignal was completely lost which correlated with tumor staging and proliferation. Also in vitro, P-cadherin suppression in HCC cells via siRNA induced proliferation compared to cells transfected with control-siRNA. In summary, downregulation of P-cadherin expression appears to induce tumorigenicity in HCC. Therefore, P-cadherin expression may serve as a prognostic marker and therapeutic target of this highly aggressive tumor.
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Golimumab in unresponsive ulcerative colitis.
Biologics
PUBLISHED: 01-01-2014
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Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammation mainly affecting the colon mucosa. It predominantly occurs in younger patients. Until recently, the main goals in the treatment of UC were to temper the symptoms, such as diarrhea, pain, and weight loss, by using mesalazine and steroids. With newer medications, such as immunomodulators (thiopurines) and the biologics providing blockade of tumor necrosis factor (TNF), the goals of the therapy in UC have changed to long-term remission and mucosal healing. The first available anti-TNF therapy in UC included infusion therapy with infliximab every few weeks. In 2012, subcutaneously administered adalimumab gained approval for the treatment of UC in Germany. In patients with a mild disease, therapy with mesalazine, orally or topically, can be sufficient. In patients with moderate to severe disease, therapy with azathioprine or anti-TNF is often required to reach disease control; however, this is only efficient in about two-thirds of patients. Some patients either show no response or a lost response while on treatment. So, further medical options are warranted in the treatment of UC. With golimumab, a new approach in the treatment of mild to moderate UC recently became available in Germany and is a promising new option in the therapy regimen for patients with UC.
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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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CellMinerHCC: a microarray-based expression database for hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines.
Liver Int.
PUBLISHED: 07-24-2013
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Therapeutic options for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) still remain limited. Development of gene targeted therapies is a promising option. A better understanding of the underlying molecular biology is gained in in vitro experiments. However, even with targeted manipulation of gene expression varying treatment responses were observed in diverse HCC cell lines. Therefore, information on gene expression profiles of various HCC cell lines may be crucial to experimental designs. To generate a publicly available database containing microarray expression profiles of diverse HCC cell lines.
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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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Manipulation of Primary Sex Ratio in Birds: Lessons from the Homing Pigeon (Columba livia domestica).
Integr. Comp. Biol.
PUBLISHED: 05-28-2013
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Across various animal taxa not only the secondary sex ratio but also the primary sex ratio (at conception) shows significant deviations from the expected equal proportions of sons and daughters. Birds are especially intriguing to study this phenomenon as avian females are the heterogametic sex (ZW); therefore sex determination might be under direct control of the mother. Avian sex ratios vary in relation to environmental or maternal condition, which can also affect the production of maternal steroids that in turn are involved in reproduction and accumulate in the developing follicle before meiosis. As the proximate mechanisms underlying biased primary sex ratio are largely elusive, we explored how, and to what extent, maternal steroid hormones may be involved in affecting primary or secondary sex ratio in clutches of various species of pigeons. First we demonstrated a clear case of seasonal change in sex ratio in first eggs both in the Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) and in a related species, the Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus), both producing clutches of two eggs. In the Homing Pigeon (Columba livia domestica), domesticated from the Rock Pigeon, testosterone treatment of breeding females induced a clear male bias, while corticosterone induced a female bias in first eggs and we argue that this is in line with sex allocation theory. We next analyzed treatment effects on follicle formation, yolk mass, and yolk hormones, the latter both pre- and post-ovulatory, in order to test a diversity of potential mechanisms related to both primary and secondary sex ratio manipulation. We conclude that maternal plasma hormone levels may affect several pre-ovulatory mechanisms affecting primary sex ratio, whereas egg hormones are probably involved in secondary sex ratio manipulation only.
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Genome-wide and gene-centric analyses of circulating myeloperoxidase levels in the charge and care consortia.
Hum. Mol. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 04-24-2013
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Increased systemic levels of myeloperoxidase (MPO) are associated with the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). To identify the genetic factors that are associated with circulating MPO levels, we carried out a genome-wide association study (GWAS) and a gene-centric analysis in subjects of European ancestry and African Americans (AAs). A locus on chromosome 1q31.1 containing the complement factor H (CFH) gene was strongly associated with serum MPO levels in 9305 subjects of European ancestry (lead SNP rs800292; P = 4.89 × 10(-41)) and in 1690 AA subjects (rs505102; P = 1.05 × 10(-8)). Gene-centric analyses in 8335 subjects of European ancestry additionally identified two rare MPO coding sequence variants that were associated with serum MPO levels (rs28730837, P = 5.21 × 10(-12); rs35897051, P = 3.32 × 10(-8)). A GWAS for plasma MPO levels in 9260 European ancestry subjects identified a chromosome 17q22 region near MPO that was significantly associated (lead SNP rs6503905; P = 2.94 × 10(-12)), but the CFH locus did not exhibit evidence of association with plasma MPO levels. Functional analyses revealed that rs800292 was associated with levels of complement proteins in serum. Variants at chromosome 17q22 also had pleiotropic cis effects on gene expression. In a case-control analysis of ?80 000 subjects from CARDIoGRAM, none of the identified single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were associated with CAD. These results suggest that distinct genetic factors regulate serum and plasma MPO levels, which may have relevance for various acute and chronic inflammatory disorders. The clinical implications for CAD and a better understanding of the functional basis for the association of CFH and MPO variants with circulating MPO levels require further study.
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The glycophorin A transmembrane sequence within integrin ?v?3 creates a non-signaling integrin with low basal affinity that is strongly adhesive under force.
J. Mol. Biol.
PUBLISHED: 04-22-2013
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Integrin heterodimeric cell adhesion and signaling receptors bind ligands of the extracellular matrix and relay signals bidirectionally across cell membranes. Thereby, integrins adopt multiple conformational and functional states that control ligand binding affinity and linkage to cytosolic/cytoskeletal proteins. Here, we designed an integrin chimera encompassing the strongly dimerizing transmembrane domain (TMD) of glycophorin A (GpA) in the context of the otherwise unaltered integrin ?v?3. We hypothesized that this chimera should have a low basal affinity to soluble ligand but should be force-activatable. By cellular expression of this chimera, we found a decreased integrin affinity to a soluble peptide ligand and inhibited intracellular signaling. However, under external forces applied by an atomic force microscope or by a spinning disc device causing shear forces, the mutant caused stronger cell adhesion than the wild-type integrin. Our results demonstrate that the signaling- and migration-incapable integrin ?v?3-TMD mutant TMD-GpA shows the characteristics of a primed integrin state, which is of low basal affinity in the absence of forces, but may form strong bonds in the presence of forces. Thus, TMD-GpA may mimic a force-activatable signaling intermediate.
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Empirical hierarchical bayes approach to gene-environment interactions: development and application to genome-wide association studies of lung cancer in TRICL.
Genet. Epidemiol.
PUBLISHED: 04-15-2013
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The analysis of gene-environment (G × E) interactions remains one of the greatest challenges in the postgenome-wide association studies (GWASs) era. Recent methods constitute a compromise between the robust but underpowered case-control and powerful case-only methods. Inferences of the latter are biased when the assumption of gene-environment (G-E) independence in controls fails. We propose a novel empirical hierarchical Bayes approach to G × E interaction (EHB-GE), which benefits from greater rank power while accounting for population-based G-E correlation. Building on Lewinger et al.s ([2007] Genet Epidemiol 31:871-882) hierarchical Bayes prioritization approach, the method first obtains posterior G-E correlation estimates in controls for each marker, borrowing strength from G-E information across the genome. These posterior estimates are then subtracted from the corresponding case-only G × E estimates. We compared EHB-GE with rival methods using simulation. EHB-GE has similar or greater rank power to detect G × E interactions in the presence of large numbers of G-E correlations with weak to strong effects or only a low number of such correlations with large effect. When there are no or only a few weak G-E correlations, Murcray et al.s method ([2009] Am J Epidemiol 169:219-226) identifies markers with low G × E interaction effects better. We applied EHB-GE and competing methods to four lung cancer case-control GWAS from the Interdisciplinary Research in Cancer of the Lung/International Lung Cancer Consortium with smoking as environmental factor. A number of genes worth investigating were identified by the EHB-GE approach.
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Identification of heart rate-associated loci and their effects on cardiac conduction and rhythm disorders.
Marcel den Hoed, Mark Eijgelsheim, Tonu Esko, Bianca J J M Brundel, David S Peal, David M Evans, Ilja M Nolte, Ayellet V Segrè, Hilma Holm, Robert E Handsaker, Harm-Jan Westra, Toby Johnson, Aaron Isaacs, Jian Yang, Alicia Lundby, Jing Hua Zhao, Young Jin Kim, Min Jin Go, Peter Almgren, Murielle Bochud, Gabrielle Boucher, Marilyn C Cornelis, Daniel Gudbjartsson, David Hadley, Pim van der Harst, Caroline Hayward, Martin den Heijer, Wilmar Igl, Anne U Jackson, Zoltan Kutalik, Jian'an Luan, John P Kemp, Kati Kristiansson, Claes Ladenvall, Mattias Lorentzon, May E Montasser, Omer T Njajou, Paul F O'Reilly, Sandosh Padmanabhan, Beate St Pourcain, Tuomo Rankinen, Perttu Salo, Toshiko Tanaka, Nicholas J Timpson, Veronique Vitart, Lindsay Waite, William Wheeler, Weihua Zhang, Harmen H M Draisma, Mary F Feitosa, Kathleen F Kerr, Penelope A Lind, Evelin Mihailov, N Charlotte Onland-Moret, Ci Song, Michael N Weedon, Weijia Xie, Loïc Yengo, Devin Absher, Christine M Albert, Alvaro Alonso, Dan E Arking, Paul I W de Bakker, Beverley Balkau, Cristina Barlassina, Paola Benaglio, Joshua C Bis, Nabila Bouatia-Naji, Søren Brage, Stephen J Chanock, Peter S Chines, Mina Chung, Dawood Darbar, Christian Dina, Marcus Dörr, Paul Elliott, Stephan B Felix, Krista Fischer, Christian Fuchsberger, Eco J C de Geus, Philippe Goyette, Vilmundur Gudnason, Tamara B Harris, Anna-Liisa Hartikainen, Aki S Havulinna, Susan R Heckbert, Andrew A Hicks, Albert Hofman, Suzanne Holewijn, Femke Hoogstra-Berends, Jouke-Jan Hottenga, Majken K Jensen, Asa Johansson, Juhani Junttila, Stefan Kääb, Bart Kanon, Shamika Ketkar, Kay-Tee Khaw, Joshua W Knowles, Angrad S Kooner, Jan A Kors, Meena Kumari, Lili Milani, Päivi Laiho, Edward G Lakatta, Claudia Langenberg, Maarten Leusink, Yongmei Liu, Robert N Luben, Kathryn L Lunetta, Stacey N Lynch, Marcello R P Markus, Pedro Marques-Vidal, Irene Mateo Leach, Wendy L McArdle, Steven A McCarroll, Sarah E Medland, Kathryn A Miller, Grant W Montgomery, Alanna C Morrison, Martina Müller-Nurasyid, Pau Navarro, Mari Nelis, Jeffrey R O'Connell, Christopher J O'Donnell, Ken K Ong, Anne B Newman, Annette Peters, Ozren Polašek, Anneli Pouta, Peter P Pramstaller, Bruce M Psaty, Dabeeru C Rao, Susan M Ring, Elizabeth J Rossin, Diana Rudan, Serena Sanna, Robert A Scott, Jaban S Sehmi, Stephen Sharp, Jordan T Shin, Andrew B Singleton, Albert V Smith, Nicole Soranzo, Tim D Spector, Chip Stewart, Heather M Stringham, Kirill V Tarasov, André G Uitterlinden, Liesbeth Vandenput, Shih-Jen Hwang, John B Whitfield, Cisca Wijmenga, Sarah H Wild, Gonneke Willemsen, James F Wilson, Jacqueline C M Witteman, Andrew Wong, Quenna Wong, Yalda Jamshidi, Paavo Zitting, Jolanda M A Boer, Dorret I Boomsma, Ingrid B Borecki, Cornelia M van Duijn, Ulf Ekelund, Nita G Forouhi, Philippe Froguel, Aroon Hingorani, Erik Ingelsson, Mika Kivimäki, Richard A Kronmal, Diana Kuh, Lars Lind, Nicholas G Martin, Ben A Oostra, Nancy L Pedersen, Thomas Quertermous, Jerome I Rotter, Yvonne T van der Schouw, W M Monique Verschuren, Mark Walker, Demetrius Albanes, David O Arnar, Themistocles L Assimes, Stefania Bandinelli, Michael Boehnke, Rudolf A de Boer, Claude Bouchard, W L Mark Caulfield, John C Chambers, Gary Curhan, Daniele Cusi, Johan Eriksson, Luigi Ferrucci, Wiek H van Gilst, Nicola Glorioso, Jacqueline de Graaf, Leif Groop, Ulf Gyllensten, Wen-Chi Hsueh, Frank B Hu, Heikki V Huikuri, David J Hunter, Carlos Iribarren, Bo Isomaa, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Antti Jula, Mika Kähönen, Lambertus A Kiemeney, Melanie M van der Klauw, Jaspal S Kooner, Peter Kraft, Licia Iacoviello, Terho Lehtimäki, Marja-Liisa L Lokki, Braxton D Mitchell, Gerjan Navis, Markku S Nieminen, Claes Ohlsson, Neil R Poulter, Lu Qi, Olli T Raitakari, Eric B Rimm, John D Rioux, Federica Rizzi, Igor Rudan, Veikko Salomaa, Peter S Sever, Denis C Shields, Alan R Shuldiner, Juha Sinisalo, Alice V Stanton, Ronald P Stolk, David P Strachan, Jean-Claude Tardif, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Jaako Tuomilehto, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, Jarmo Virtamo, Jorma Viikari, Peter Vollenweider, Gérard Waeber, Elisabeth Widén, Yoon Shin Cho, Jesper V Olsen, Peter M Visscher, Cristen Willer, Lude Franke, , Jeanette Erdmann, John R Thompson, Arne Pfeufer, Nona Sotoodehnia, Christopher Newton-Cheh, Patrick T Ellinor, Bruno H Ch Stricker, Andres Metspalu, Markus Perola, Jacques S Beckmann, George Davey Smith, Kari Stefansson, Nicholas J Wareham, Patricia B Munroe, Ody C M Sibon, David J Milan, Harold Snieder, Nilesh J Samani, Ruth J F Loos.
Nat. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 03-21-2013
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Elevated resting heart rate is associated with greater risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality. In a 2-stage meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies in up to 181,171 individuals, we identified 14 new loci associated with heart rate and confirmed associations with all 7 previously established loci. Experimental downregulation of gene expression in Drosophila melanogaster and Danio rerio identified 20 genes at 11 loci that are relevant for heart rate regulation and highlight a role for genes involved in signal transmission, embryonic cardiac development and the pathophysiology of dilated cardiomyopathy, congenital heart failure and/or sudden cardiac death. In addition, genetic susceptibility to increased heart rate is associated with altered cardiac conduction and reduced risk of sick sinus syndrome, and both heart rate-increasing and heart rate-decreasing variants associate with risk of atrial fibrillation. Our findings provide fresh insights into the mechanisms regulating heart rate and identify new therapeutic targets.
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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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Brief Report: A Regulatory Variant in CCR6 Is Associated With Susceptibility to Antitopoisomerase-Positive Systemic Sclerosis.
Arthritis Rheum.
PUBLISHED: 02-23-2013
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Recognition of the well-known pleiotropism of autoimmune genes supports the concept of a shared pathogenesis across autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic sclerosis (SSc). Studies have reproducibly demonstrated an association between susceptibility to RA and polymorphisms of the CCR6 gene, a surface marker for Th17 cells, and the causal variant was recently identified. The present study was thus undertaken to investigate whether CCR6 polymorphisms could also be associated with susceptibility to SSc.
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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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Deciphering the 8q24.21 association for glioma.
Hum. Mol. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 02-11-2013
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We have previously identified tagSNPs at 8q24.21 influencing glioma risk. We have sought to fine-map the location of the functional basis of this association using data from four genome-wide association studies, comprising a total of 4147 glioma cases and 7435 controls. To improve marker density across the 700 kb region, we imputed genotypes using 1000 Genomes Project data and high-coverage sequencing data generated on 253 individuals. Analysis revealed an imputed low-frequency SNP rs55705857 (P = 2.24 × 10(-38)) which was sufficient to fully capture the 8q24.21 association. Analysis by glioma subtype showed the association with rs55705857 confined to non-glioblastoma multiforme (non-GBM) tumours (P = 1.07 × 10(-67)). Validation of the non-GBM association was shown in three additional datasets (625 non-GBM cases, 2412 controls; P = 1.41 × 10(-28)). In the pooled analysis, the odds ratio for low-grade glioma associated with rs55705857 was 4.3 (P = 2.31 × 10(-94)). rs55705857 maps to a highly evolutionarily conserved sequence within the long non-coding RNA CCDC26 raising the possibility of direct functionality. These data provide additional insights into the aetiological basis of glioma development.
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Pre-study protocol MagPEP: a multicentre randomized controlled trial of magnesium sulphate in the prevention of post-ERCP pancreatitis.
BMC Gastroenterol
PUBLISHED: 01-08-2013
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Acute pancreatitis is the most common complication of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). In spite of continuing research, no pharmacologic agent capable of effectively reducing the incidence of ERCP-induced pancreatitis has found its way into clinical practise. A number of experimental studies suggest that intrapancreatic calcium concentrations play an important role in the initiation of intracellular protease activation, an initiating step in the course of acute pancreatitis. Magnesium can act as a calcium-antagonist and counteracts effects in calcium signalling. It can thereby attenuate the intracellular activation of proteolytic digestive enzymes in the pancreas and reduces the severity of experimental pancreatitis when administered either intravenously or as a food supplement.
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Expression and function of methylthioadenosine phosphorylase in chronic liver disease.
PLoS ONE
PUBLISHED: 01-01-2013
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To study expression and function of methylthioadenosine phosphorylase (MTAP), the rate-limiting enzyme in the methionine and adenine salvage pathway, in chronic liver disease.
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Effect of chronic psychosocial stress on nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in mice.
Int J Clin Exp Pathol
PUBLISHED: 01-01-2013
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Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is characterized by hepatic lipid accumulation which may progress towards inflammation (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)). NAFLD is regarded as a consequence of a sedentary, food-abundant lifestyle which, in the modern world, often coincides with chronically high levels of perceived psychosocial stress. Here, we aimed to characterize the effect of chronic psychosocial stress on the development of NAFLD/NASH in male mice either fed with standard chow or NASH-inducing high fat diet. Chronic psychosocial stress was induced by chronic subordinate colony housing (CSC), a pre-clinically validated paradigm relevant for human affective and somatic disorders. Single housed (SHC) mice served as controls. Under standard chow conditions CSC mice revealed lower hepatic triglyceride levels but higher hepatic TNF?, MCP-1 and HMOX mRNA expression, while serum transaminase levels did not significantly differ from SHC mice. Under the NASH-inducing high-fat diet CSC and SHC mice showed similar body weight-gain and serum levels of glucose and adiponectin. Moreover, liver histology as well as TNF?, MCP-1 and HMOX expression were similar in CSC and SHC mice fed with HFD. Surprisingly, CSC showed even significantly lower transaminase levels than SHC mice fed with the same NASH-inducing diet. Together, these data indicate that under normal dietary conditions the CSC model induces noticeable hepatic oxidative stress and inflammation without causing manifest hepatocellular injury. In contrast, CSC exhibited a protective effect on hepatocellular injury in a dietary NASH-model. Identification of the underlying mechanisms of this phenomenon may lead to novel therapeutic strategies to prevent progression of NAFLD.
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Variants in the 3 untranslated region of the KCNQ1-encoded Kv7.1 potassium channel modify disease severity in patients with type 1 long QT syndrome in an allele-specific manner.
Eur. Heart J.
PUBLISHED: 12-23-2011
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Heterozygous mutations in KCNQ1 cause type 1 long QT syndrome (LQT1), a disease characterized by prolonged heart rate-corrected QT interval (QTc) and life-threatening arrhythmias. It is unknown why disease penetrance and expressivity is so variable between individuals hosting identical mutations. We aimed to study whether this can be explained by single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in KCNQ1s 3 untranslated region (3UTR).
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Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies identifies three new risk loci for atopic dermatitis.
Lavinia Paternoster, Marie Standl, Chih-Mei Chen, Adaikalavan Ramasamy, Klaus Bønnelykke, Liesbeth Duijts, Manuel A Ferreira, Alexessander Couto Alves, Jacob P Thyssen, Eva Albrecht, Hansjörg Baurecht, Bjarke Feenstra, Patrick M A Sleiman, Pirro Hysi, Nicole M Warrington, Ivan Curjuric, Ronny Myhre, John A Curtin, Maria M Groen-Blokhuis, Marjan Kerkhof, Annika Sääf, Andre Franke, David Ellinghaus, Regina Fölster-Holst, Emmanouil Dermitzakis, Stephen B Montgomery, Holger Prokisch, Katharina Heim, Anna-Liisa Hartikainen, Anneli Pouta, Juha Pekkanen, Alexandra I F Blakemore, Jessica L Buxton, Marika Kaakinen, David L Duffy, Pamela A Madden, Andrew C Heath, Grant W Montgomery, Philip J Thompson, Melanie C Matheson, Peter Le Souef, , Beate St Pourcain, George Davey Smith, John Henderson, John P Kemp, Nicholas J Timpson, Panos Deloukas, Susan M Ring, H-Erich Wichmann, Martina Müller-Nurasyid, Natalija Novak, Norman Klopp, Elke Rodríguez, Wendy McArdle, Allan Linneberg, Torkil Menné, Ellen A Nohr, Albert Hofman, André G Uitterlinden, Cornelia M van Duijn, Fernando Rivadeneira, Johan C de Jongste, Ralf J P van der Valk, Matthias Wjst, Rain Jõgi, Frank Geller, Heather A Boyd, Jeffrey C Murray, Cecilia Kim, Frank Mentch, Michael March, Massimo Mangino, Tim D Spector, Veronique Bataille, Craig E Pennell, Patrick G Holt, Peter Sly, Carla M T Tiesler, Elisabeth Thiering, Thomas Illig, Medea Imboden, Wenche Nystad, Angela Simpson, Jouke-Jan Hottenga, Dirkje Postma, Gerard H Koppelman, Henriëtte A Smit, Cilla Söderhäll, Bo Chawes, Eskil Kreiner-Møller, Hans Bisgaard, Erik Melén, Dorret I Boomsma, Adnan Custovic, Bo Jacobsson, Nicole M Probst-Hensch, Lyle J Palmer, Daniel Glass, Hakon Hakonarson, Mads Melbye, Deborah L Jarvis, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Christian Gieger, David P Strachan, Nicholas G Martin, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Joachim Heinrich, David M Evans, Stephan Weidinger.
Nat. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 07-08-2011
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Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a commonly occurring chronic skin disease with high heritability. Apart from filaggrin (FLG), the genes influencing atopic dermatitis are largely unknown. We conducted a genome-wide association meta-analysis of 5,606 affected individuals and 20,565 controls from 16 population-based cohorts and then examined the ten most strongly associated new susceptibility loci in an additional 5,419 affected individuals and 19,833 controls from 14 studies. Three SNPs reached genome-wide significance in the discovery and replication cohorts combined, including rs479844 upstream of OVOL1 (odds ratio (OR) = 0.88, P = 1.1 × 10(-13)) and rs2164983 near ACTL9 (OR = 1.16, P = 7.1 × 10(-9)), both of which are near genes that have been implicated in epidermal proliferation and differentiation, as well as rs2897442 in KIF3A within the cytokine cluster at 5q31.1 (OR = 1.11, P = 3.8 × 10(-8)). We also replicated association with the FLG locus and with two recently identified association signals at 11q13.5 (rs7927894; P = 0.008) and 20q13.33 (rs6010620; P = 0.002). Our results underline the importance of both epidermal barrier function and immune dysregulation in atopic dermatitis pathogenesis.
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RANTES/CCL5 and risk for coronary events: results from the MONICA/KORA Augsburg case-cohort, Athero-Express and CARDIoGRAM studies.
PLoS ONE
PUBLISHED: 06-07-2011
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The chemokine RANTES (regulated on activation, normal T-cell expressed and secreted)/CCL5 is involved in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease in mice, whereas less is known in humans. We hypothesised that its relevance for atherosclerosis should be reflected by associations between CCL5 gene variants, RANTES serum concentrations and protein levels in atherosclerotic plaques and risk for coronary events.
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Chromosome 7p11.2 (EGFR) variation influences glioma risk.
Hum. Mol. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 04-29-2011
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While gliomas are the most common primary brain tumors, their etiology is largely unknown. To identify novel risk loci for glioma, we conducted genome-wide association (GWA) analysis of two case-control series from France and Germany (2269 cases and 2500 controls). Pooling these data with previously reported UK and US GWA studies provided data on 4147 glioma cases and 7435 controls genotyped for 424 460 common tagging single-nucleotide polymorphisms. Using these data, we demonstrate two statistically independent associations between glioma and rs11979158 and rs2252586, at 7p11.2 which encompasses the EGFR gene (population-corrected statistics, P(c) = 7.72 × 10(-8) and 2.09 × 10(-8), respectively). Both associations were independent of tumor subtype, and were independent of EGFR amplification, p16INK4a deletion and IDH1 mutation status in tumors; compatible with driver effects of the variants on glioma development. These findings show that variation in 7p11.2 is a determinant of inherited glioma risk.
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Genome-wide scan identifies TNIP1, PSORS1C1, and RHOB as novel risk loci for systemic sclerosis.
PLoS Genet.
PUBLISHED: 04-05-2011
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Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an orphan, complex, inflammatory disease affecting the immune system and connective tissue. SSc stands out as a severely incapacitating and life-threatening inflammatory rheumatic disease, with a largely unknown pathogenesis. We have designed a two-stage genome-wide association study of SSc using case-control samples from France, Italy, Germany, and Northern Europe. The initial genome-wide scan was conducted in a French post quality-control sample of 564 cases and 1,776 controls, using almost 500 K SNPs. Two SNPs from the MHC region, together with the 6 loci outside MHC having at least one SNP with a P<10(-5) were selected for follow-up analysis. These markers were genotyped in a post-QC replication sample of 1,682 SSc cases and 3,926 controls. The three top SNPs are in strong linkage disequilibrium and located on 6p21, in the HLA-DQB1 gene: rs9275224, P?=?9.18×10(-8), OR?=?0.69, 95% CI [0.60-0.79]; rs6457617, P?=?1.14×10(-7) and rs9275245, P?=?1.39×10(-7). Within the MHC region, the next most associated SNP (rs3130573, P?=?1.86×10(-5), OR?=?1.36 [1.18-1.56]) is located in the PSORS1C1 gene. Outside the MHC region, our GWAS analysis revealed 7 top SNPs (P<10(-5)) that spanned 6 independent genomic regions. Follow-up of the 17 top SNPs in an independent sample of 1,682 SSc and 3,926 controls showed associations at PSORS1C1 (overall P?=?5.70×10(-10), OR:1.25), TNIP1 (P?=?4.68×10(-9), OR:1.31), and RHOB loci (P?=?3.17×10(-6), OR:1.21). Because of its biological relevance, and previous reports of genetic association at this locus with connective tissue disorders, we investigated TNIP1 expression. A markedly reduced expression of the TNIP1 gene and also its protein product were observed both in lesional skin tissue and in cultured dermal fibroblasts from SSc patients. Furthermore, TNIP1 showed in vitro inhibitory effects on inflammatory cytokine-induced collagen production. The genetic signal of association with TNIP1 variants, together with tissular and cellular investigations, suggests that this pathway has a critical role in regulating autoimmunity and SSc pathogenesis.
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Impaired sleep quality and restless legs syndrome in idiopathic focal dystonia: a controlled study.
J. Neurol.
PUBLISHED: 03-24-2011
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While sleep disorders are common in Parkinsons disease and other basal ganglia disorders, information on sleep disturbances in dystonia is limited to generalized forms or Segawa disease. Although many patients with idiopathic cervical dystonia (CD) and blepharospasm (BL) report poor sleep, there are no data on frequency or interactions with well known symptoms like depression and pain. Standardized interviews and assessment instruments, clinical examinations, and self rating forms were applied in 221 patients with CD and BL, and in 93 neurologically healthy controls. Impaired sleep quality was found in 44% of CD patients, 46% of BL patients, and 20% of controls. In dystonia, it was associated with symptoms of depression (frequency of 26%; p < 0.001) and restless legs syndrome (RLS) (frequency of 19%; p < 0.01). Bruxism (in CD; p < 0.05), and female sex (in BL; p < 0.001) were identified as further risk factors, but not severity of dystonic symptoms. Excessive daytime sleepiness was rare in CD and BL (6%). With a frequency of 45%, impairment of sleep quality is common in focal dystonia and associated with symptoms of depression, bruxism, and RLS. Results in CD and BL patients are similar, pointing to an intrinsic mechanism of sleep disturbances rather than a direct effect of dystonic muscle activity. Further studies on sleep in focal dystonia, including polysomnographic recordings, are warranted.
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Genome-wide association studies of the PR interval in African Americans.
PLoS Genet.
PUBLISHED: 01-11-2011
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The PR interval on the electrocardiogram reflects atrial and atrioventricular nodal conduction time. The PR interval is heritable, provides important information about arrhythmia risk, and has been suggested to differ among human races. Genome-wide association (GWA) studies have identified common genetic determinants of the PR interval in individuals of European and Asian ancestry, but there is a general paucity of GWA studies in individuals of African ancestry. We performed GWA studies in African American individuals from four cohorts (n?=?6,247) to identify genetic variants associated with PR interval duration. Genotyping was performed using the Affymetrix 6.0 microarray. Imputation was performed for 2.8 million single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) using combined YRI and CEU HapMap phase II panels. We observed a strong signal (rs3922844) within the gene encoding the cardiac sodium channel (SCN5A) with genome-wide significant association (p<2.5 x 10??) in two of the four cohorts and in the meta-analysis. The signal explained 2% of PR interval variability in African Americans (beta ?=?5.1 msec per minor allele, 95% CI ?=?4.1-6.1, p?=?3 x 10?²³). This SNP was also associated with PR interval (beta?=?2.4 msec per minor allele, 95% CI?=?1.8-3.0, p?=?3 x 10?¹?) in individuals of European ancestry (n?=?14,042), but with a smaller effect size (p for heterogeneity <0.001) and variability explained (0.5%). Further meta-analysis of the four cohorts identified genome-wide significant associations with SNPs in SCN10A (rs6798015), MEIS1 (rs10865355), and TBX5 (rs7312625) that were highly correlated with SNPs identified in European and Asian GWA studies. African ancestry was associated with increased PR duration (13.3 msec, p?=?0.009) in one but not the other three cohorts. Our findings demonstrate the relevance of common variants to African Americans at four loci previously associated with PR interval in European and Asian samples and identify an association signal at one of these loci that is more strongly associated with PR interval in African Americans than in Europeans.
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A genome-wide association study identifies novel loci associated with circulating IGF-I and IGFBP-3.
Hum. Mol. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 01-07-2011
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Insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) and insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) are involved in cell replication, proliferation, differentiation, protein synthesis, carbohydrate homeostasis and bone metabolism. Circulating IGF-I and IGFBP-3 concentrations predict anthropometric traits and risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. In a genome-wide association study of 10 280 middle-aged and older men and women from four community-based cohort studies, we confirmed a known association of single nucleotide polymorphisms in the IGFBP3 gene region on chromosome 7p12.3 with IGFBP-3 concentrations using a significance threshold of P < 5 × 10(-8) (P = 3.3 × 10(-101)). Furthermore, the same IGFBP3 gene locus (e.g. rs11977526) that was associated with IGFBP-3 concentrations was also associated with the opposite direction of effect, with IGF-I concentration after adjustment for IGFBP-3 concentration (P = 1.9 × 10(-26)). A novel and independent locus on chromosome 7p12.3 (rs700752) had genome-wide significant associations with higher IGFBP-3 (P = 4.4 × 10(-21)) and higher IGF-I (P = 4.9 × 10(-9)) concentrations; when the two measurements were adjusted for one another, the IGF-I association was attenuated but the IGFBP-3 association was not. Two additional loci demonstrated genome-wide significant associations with IGFBP-3 concentration (rs1065656, chromosome 16p13.3, P = 1.2 × 10(-11), IGFALS, a confirmatory finding; and rs4234798, chromosome 4p16.1, P = 4.5 × 10(-10), SORCS2, a novel finding). Together, the four genome-wide significant loci explained 6.5% of the population variation in IGFBP-3 concentration. Furthermore, we observed a borderline statistically significant association between IGF-I concentration and FOXO3 (rs2153960, chromosome 6q21, P = 5.1 × 10(-7)), a locus associated with longevity. These genetic loci deserve further investigation to elucidate the biological basis for the observed associations and clarify their possible role in IGF-mediated regulation of cell growth and metabolism.
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Genome-wide association analysis identifies multiple loci related to resting heart rate.
Hum. Mol. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 07-16-2010
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Higher resting heart rate is associated with increased cardiovascular disease and mortality risk. Though heritable factors play a substantial role in population variation, little is known about specific genetic determinants. This knowledge can impact clinical care by identifying novel factors that influence pathologic heart rate states, modulate heart rate through cardiac structure and function or by improving our understanding of the physiology of heart rate regulation. To identify common genetic variants associated with heart rate, we performed a meta-analysis of 15 genome-wide association studies (GWAS), including 38,991 subjects of European ancestry, estimating the association between age-, sex- and body mass-adjusted RR interval (inverse heart rate) and approximately 2.5 million markers. Results with P < 5 × 10(-8) were considered genome-wide significant. We constructed regression models with multiple markers to assess whether results at less stringent thresholds were likely to be truly associated with RR interval. We identified six novel associations with resting heart rate at six loci: 6q22 near GJA1; 14q12 near MYH7; 12p12 near SOX5, c12orf67, BCAT1, LRMP and CASC1; 6q22 near SLC35F1, PLN and c6orf204; 7q22 near SLC12A9 and UfSp1; and 11q12 near FADS1. Associations at 6q22 400 kb away from GJA1, at 14q12 MYH6 and at 1q32 near CD34 identified in previously published GWAS were confirmed. In aggregate, these variants explain approximately 0.7% of RR interval variance. A multivariant regression model including 20 variants with P < 10(-5) increased the explained variance to 1.6%, suggesting that some loci falling short of genome-wide significance are likely truly associated. Future research is warranted to elucidate underlying mechanisms that may impact clinical care.
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?Np73? is oncogenic in hepatocellular carcinoma by blocking apoptosis signaling via death receptors and mitochondria.
Cell Cycle
PUBLISHED: 06-29-2010
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p73 belongs to the p53 family of transcription factors known to regulate cell cycle and apoptosis. The Trp73 gene has two promoters that drive the expression of two major p73 isoform subfamilies: TA and ?N. In general, TAp73 isoforms show proapoptotic activities, whereas members of the N-terminally truncated (?N) p73 subfamily that lack the transactivation domain show antiapoptotic functions. We found that upregulation of ?Np73 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) correlated with reduced survival. Here, we investigated the molecular mechanisms accounting for the oncogenic role of ?Np73 in HCC.
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Common variants in 22 loci are associated with QRS duration and cardiac ventricular conduction.
Nona Sotoodehnia, Aaron Isaacs, Paul I W de Bakker, Marcus Dörr, Christopher Newton-Cheh, Ilja M Nolte, Pim van der Harst, Martina Müller, Mark Eijgelsheim, Alvaro Alonso, Andrew A Hicks, Sandosh Padmanabhan, Caroline Hayward, Albert Vernon Smith, Ozren Polašek, Steven Giovannone, Jingyuan Fu, Jared W Magnani, Kristin D Marciante, Arne Pfeufer, Sina A Gharib, Alexander Teumer, Man Li, Joshua C Bis, Fernando Rivadeneira, Thor Aspelund, Anna Köttgen, Toby Johnson, Kenneth Rice, Mark P S Sie, Ying A Wang, Norman Klopp, Christian Fuchsberger, Sarah H Wild, Irene Mateo Leach, Karol Estrada, Uwe Völker, Alan F Wright, Folkert W Asselbergs, Jiaxiang Qu, Aravinda Chakravarti, Moritz F Sinner, Jan A Kors, Astrid Petersmann, Tamara B Harris, Elsayed Z Soliman, Patricia B Munroe, Bruce M Psaty, Ben A Oostra, L Adrienne Cupples, Siegfried Perz, Rudolf A de Boer, André G Uitterlinden, Henry Völzke, Timothy D Spector, Fang-Yu Liu, Eric Boerwinkle, Anna F Dominiczak, Jerome I Rotter, Gé van Herpen, Daniel Levy, H-Erich Wichmann, Wiek H van Gilst, Jacqueline C M Witteman, Heyo K Kroemer, W H Linda Kao, Susan R Heckbert, Thomas Meitinger, Albert Hofman, Harry Campbell, Aaron R Folsom, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, Christine Schwienbacher, Christopher J O'Donnell, Claudia Beu Volpato, Mark J Caulfield, John M Connell, Lenore Launer, Xiaowen Lu, Lude Franke, Rudolf S N Fehrmann, Gerard te Meerman, Harry J M Groen, Rinse K Weersma, Leonard H van den Berg, Cisca Wijmenga, Roel A Ophoff, Gerjan Navis, Igor Rudan, Harold Snieder, James F Wilson, Peter P Pramstaller, David S Siscovick, Thomas J Wang, Vilmundur Gudnason, Cornelia M van Duijn, Stephan B Felix, Glenn I Fishman, Yalda Jamshidi, Bruno H Ch Stricker, Nilesh J Samani, Stefan Kääb, Dan E Arking.
Nat. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 05-03-2010
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The QRS interval, from the beginning of the Q wave to the end of the S wave on an electrocardiogram, reflects ventricular depolarization and conduction time and is a risk factor for mortality, sudden death and heart failure. We performed a genome-wide association meta-analysis in 40,407 individuals of European descent from 14 studies, with further genotyping in 7,170 additional Europeans, and we identified 22 loci associated with QRS duration (P < 5 × 10(-8)). These loci map in or near genes in pathways with established roles in ventricular conduction such as sodium channels, transcription factors and calcium-handling proteins, but also point to previously unidentified biologic processes, such as kinase inhibitors and genes related to tumorigenesis. We demonstrate that SCN10A, a candidate gene at the most significantly associated locus in this study, is expressed in the mouse ventricular conduction system, and treatment with a selective SCN10A blocker prolongs QRS duration. These findings extend our current knowledge of ventricular depolarization and conduction.
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Safety of probiotic Escherichia coli strain Nissle 1917 depends on intestinal microbiota and adaptive immunity of the host.
Infect. Immun.
PUBLISHED: 04-26-2010
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Probiotics are viable microorganisms that are increasingly used for treatment of a variety of diseases. Occasionally, however, probiotics may have adverse clinical effects, including septicemia. Here we examined the role of the intestinal microbiota and the adaptive immune system in preventing translocation of probiotics (e.g., Escherichia coli Nissle). We challenged C57BL/6J mice raised under germfree conditions (GF-raised C57BL/6J mice) and Rag1(-/-) mice raised under germfree conditions (GF-raised Rag1(-/-) mice) and under specific-pathogen-free conditions (SPF-raised Rag1(-/-) mice) with probiotic E. coli strain Nissle 1917, strain Nissle 1917 mutants, the commensal strain E. coli mpk, or Bacteroides vulgatus mpk. Additionally, we reconstituted Rag1(-/-) mice with CD4(+) T cells. E. coli translocation and dissemination and the mortality of mice were assessed. In GF-raised Rag1(-/-) mice, but not in SPF-raised Rag1(-/-) mice or GF-raised C57BL/6J mice, oral challenge with E. coli strain Nissle 1917, but not oral challenge with E. coli mpk, resulted in translocation and dissemination. The mortality rate was significantly higher for E. coli strain Nissle 1917-challenged GF-raised Rag1(-/-) mice (100%; P < 0.001) than for E. coli strain Nissle 1917-challenged SPF-raised Rag1(-/-) mice (0%) and GF-raised C57BL/6J mice (0%). Translocation of and mortality due to strain E. coli Nissle 1917 in GF-raised Rag1(-/-) mice were prevented when mice were reconstituted with T cells prior to strain E. coli Nissle 1917 challenge, but not when mice were reconstituted with T cells after E. coli strain Nissle 1917 challenge. Cocolonization experiments revealed that E. coli mpk could not prevent translocation of strain E. coli Nissle 1917. Moreover, we demonstrated that neither lipopolysaccharide structure nor flagella play a role in E. coli strain Nissle 1917 translocation and dissemination. Our results suggest that if both the microbiota and adaptive immunity are defective, translocation across the intestinal epithelium and dissemination of the probiotic E. coli strain Nissle 1917 may occur and have potentially severe adverse effects. Future work should define the possibly related molecular factors that promote probiotic functions, fitness, and facultative pathogenicity.
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Hundreds of variants clustered in genomic loci and biological pathways affect human height.
Hana Lango Allen, Karol Estrada, Guillaume Lettre, Sonja I Berndt, Michael N Weedon, Fernando Rivadeneira, Cristen J Willer, Anne U Jackson, Sailaja Vedantam, Soumya Raychaudhuri, Teresa Ferreira, Andrew R Wood, Robert J Weyant, Ayellet V Segrè, Elizabeth K Speliotes, Eleanor Wheeler, Nicole Soranzo, Ju-Hyun Park, Jian Yang, Daniel Gudbjartsson, Nancy L Heard-Costa, Joshua C Randall, Lu Qi, Albert Vernon Smith, Reedik Mägi, Tomi Pastinen, Liming Liang, Iris M Heid, Jian'an Luan, Gudmar Thorleifsson, Thomas W Winkler, Michael E Goddard, Ken Sin Lo, Cameron Palmer, Tsegaselassie Workalemahu, Yurii S Aulchenko, Asa Johansson, M Carola Zillikens, Mary F Feitosa, Tonu Esko, Toby Johnson, Shamika Ketkar, Peter Kraft, Massimo Mangino, Inga Prokopenko, Devin Absher, Eva Albrecht, Florian Ernst, Nicole L Glazer, Caroline Hayward, Jouke-Jan Hottenga, Kevin B Jacobs, Joshua W Knowles, Zoltan Kutalik, Keri L Monda, Ozren Polašek, Michael Preuss, Nigel W Rayner, Neil R Robertson, Valgerdur Steinthorsdottir, Jonathan P Tyrer, Benjamin F Voight, Fredrik Wiklund, Jianfeng Xu, Jing Hua Zhao, Dale R Nyholt, Niina Pellikka, Markus Perola, John R B Perry, Ida Surakka, Mari-Liis Tammesoo, Elizabeth L Altmaier, Najaf Amin, Thor Aspelund, Tushar Bhangale, Gabrielle Boucher, Daniel I Chasman, Constance Chen, Lachlan Coin, Matthew N Cooper, Anna L Dixon, Quince Gibson, Elin Grundberg, Ke Hao, M Juhani Junttila, Lee M Kaplan, Johannes Kettunen, Inke R König, Tony Kwan, Robert W Lawrence, Douglas F Levinson, Mattias Lorentzon, Barbara McKnight, Andrew P Morris, Martina Müller, Julius Suh Ngwa, Shaun Purcell, Suzanne Rafelt, Rany M Salem, Erika Salvi, Serena Sanna, Jianxin Shi, Ulla Sovio, John R Thompson, Michael C Turchin, Liesbeth Vandenput, Dominique J Verlaan, Veronique Vitart, Charles C White, Andreas Ziegler, Peter Almgren, Anthony J Balmforth, Harry Campbell, Lorena Citterio, Alessandro De Grandi, Anna Dominiczak, Jubao Duan, Paul Elliott, Roberto Elosua, Johan G Eriksson, Nelson B Freimer, Eco J C Geus, Nicola Glorioso, Shen Haiqing, Anna-Liisa Hartikainen, Aki S Havulinna, Andrew A Hicks, Jennie Hui, Wilmar Igl, Thomas Illig, Antti Jula, Eero Kajantie, Tuomas O Kilpeläinen, Markku Koiranen, Ivana Kolčić, Seppo Koskinen, Peter Kovacs, Jaana Laitinen, Jianjun Liu, Marja-Liisa Lokki, Ana Marušić, Andrea Maschio, Thomas Meitinger, Antonella Mulas, Guillaume Paré, Alex N Parker, John F Peden, Astrid Petersmann, Irene Pichler, Kirsi H Pietiläinen, Anneli Pouta, Martin Ridderstråle, Jerome I Rotter, Jennifer G Sambrook, Alan R Sanders, Carsten Oliver Schmidt, Juha Sinisalo, Jan H Smit, Heather M Stringham, G Bragi Walters, Elisabeth Widén, Sarah H Wild, Gonneke Willemsen, Laura Zagato, Lina Zgaga, Paavo Zitting, Helene Alavere, Martin Farrall, Wendy L McArdle, Mari Nelis, Marjolein J Peters, Samuli Ripatti, Joyce B J van Meurs, Katja K Aben, Kristin G Ardlie, Jacques S Beckmann, John P Beilby, Richard N Bergman, Sven Bergmann, Francis S Collins, Daniele Cusi, Martin den Heijer, Gudny Eiriksdottir, Pablo V Gejman, Alistair S Hall, Anders Hamsten, Heikki V Huikuri, Carlos Iribarren, Mika Kähönen, Jaakko Kaprio, Sekar Kathiresan, Lambertus Kiemeney, Thomas Kocher, Lenore J Launer, Terho Lehtimäki, Olle Melander, Tom H Mosley, Arthur W Musk, Markku S Nieminen, Christopher J O'Donnell, Claes Ohlsson, Ben Oostra, Lyle J Palmer, Olli Raitakari, Paul M Ridker, John D Rioux, Aila Rissanen, Carlo Rivolta, Heribert Schunkert, Alan R Shuldiner, David S Siscovick, Michael Stumvoll, Anke Tönjes, Jaakko Tuomilehto, Gert-Jan van Ommen, Jorma Viikari, Andrew C Heath, Nicholas G Martin, Grant W Montgomery, Michael A Province, Manfred Kayser, Alice M Arnold, Larry D Atwood, Eric Boerwinkle, Stephen J Chanock, Panos Deloukas, Christian Gieger, Henrik Grönberg, Per Hall, Andrew T Hattersley, Christian Hengstenberg, Wolfgang Hoffman, G Mark Lathrop, Veikko Salomaa, Stefan Schreiber, Manuela Uda, Dawn Waterworth, Alan F Wright, Themistocles L Assimes, Inês Barroso, Albert Hofman, Karen L Mohlke, Dorret I Boomsma, Mark J Caulfield, L Adrienne Cupples, Jeanette Erdmann, Caroline S Fox, Vilmundur Gudnason, Ulf Gyllensten, Tamara B Harris, Richard B Hayes, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Vincent Mooser, Patricia B Munroe, Willem H Ouwehand, Brenda W Penninx, Peter P Pramstaller, Thomas Quertermous, Igor Rudan, Nilesh J Samani, Timothy D Spector, Henry Völzke, Hugh Watkins, James F Wilson, Leif C Groop, Talin Haritunians, Frank B Hu, Robert C Kaplan, Andres Metspalu, Kari E North, David Schlessinger, Nicholas J Wareham, David J Hunter, Jeffrey R O'Connell, David P Strachan, H-Erich Wichmann, Ingrid B Borecki, Cornelia M van Duijn, Eric E Schadt, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Leena Peltonen, André G Uitterlinden, Peter M Visscher, Nilanjan Chatterjee, Ruth J F Loos, Michael Boehnke, Mark I McCarthy, Erik Ingelsson, Cecilia M Lindgren, Gonçalo R Abecasis, Kari Stefansson, Timothy M Frayling, Joel N Hirschhorn.
Nature
PUBLISHED: 04-23-2010
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Most common human traits and diseases have a polygenic pattern of inheritance: DNA sequence variants at many genetic loci influence the phenotype. Genome-wide association (GWA) studies have identified more than 600 variants associated with human traits, but these typically explain small fractions of phenotypic variation, raising questions about the use of further studies. Here, using 183,727 individuals, we show that hundreds of genetic variants, in at least 180 loci, influence adult height, a highly heritable and classic polygenic trait. The large number of loci reveals patterns with important implications for genetic studies of common human diseases and traits. First, the 180 loci are not random, but instead are enriched for genes that are connected in biological pathways (P = 0.016) and that underlie skeletal growth defects (P?
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Dominant negative (DeltaN) p63alpha induces drug resistance in hepatocellular carcinoma by interference with apoptosis signaling pathways.
Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun.
PUBLISHED: 04-12-2010
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p63 belongs to the family of p53-related transcription factors expressing a variety of isoforms. The Trp63 gene has two promoters that drive the expression of two major p63 isoform subfamilies. Isoforms of the TAp63 subfamily show pro-apoptotic activities, whereas members of the N-terminally truncated (DeltaN) p63 subfamily have anti-apoptotic functions. We have previously shown an important role for TAp63alpha in the induction of apoptosis and chemosensitivity of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Here, we investigated the molecular mechanisms accounting for the oncogenic role of DeltaNp63alpha in HCC. DeltaNp63alpha can directly interfere with the transcriptional activation function of the TA (containing the transactivation domain) isoforms of the p53 family and consequently inhibit transactivation of pro-apoptotic target genes. DeltaNp63alpha negatively regulates the genes encoding for the death receptor CD95 and the pro-apoptotic Bcl-2 family member BAX. Thus, DeltaNp63alpha expression in HCC interferes with both the death receptor and the mitochondrial apoptosis activity of the TA isoforms. In addition and of clinical relevance, DeltaNp63alpha inhibits activation of p53 family target genes and apoptosis induced by chemotherapeutic drugs. Chemotherapeutic treatment induces expression of Bax, Bim, Noxa, Puma and Perp; this is antagonized by DeltaNp63alpha. Our data suggest that the DeltaNp63alpha isoform represses apoptosis-related genes of the extrinsic and intrinsic apoptosis signaling pathways, thereby contributing to chemoresistance of HCC.
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Interference with the p53 family network contributes to the gain of oncogenic function of mutant p53 in hepatocellular carcinoma.
Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun.
PUBLISHED: 03-10-2010
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Whereas the hallmark of wild-type p53 is its tumor suppressor activity, tumor-associated mutant p53 proteins can exert novel anti-apoptotic gain-of-function activities, which confer a selective advantage upon tumor cells harboring such mutations. We investigated the molecular mechanisms of mutant p53 gain-of-function in hepatocellular carcinoma with special emphasis on the interaction of mutant p53 gain-of-function proteins with the p53 family members p63 and p73. Mutant forms of p53, namely the hot-spot mutants p53R143A, p53R175D, p53R175H, p53R248W, and p53R273H, acquire anti-apoptotic gain-of-function in hepatocellular carcinoma by repressing the activity of genes regulating both, the extrinsic apoptosis pathway initiated by ligation of death receptors and the intrinsic/mitochondrial apoptosis pathway. In the presence of mutated p53, the CD95L-CD95 apoptotic pathway is markedly attenuated. This is due to repression of CD95 gene transcription by mutant p53. In addition, these mutants repress the expression of the Bax gene and attenuate mitochondria-mediated apoptosis signaling. Furthermore, and of clinical relevance, these gain-of-function mutants are anti-apoptotic due to their inhibitory interaction with the pro-apoptotic p53 family members TAp63 and TAp73. p53 gain-of-function mutants significantly decrease activation of pro-apoptotic target genes by wild-type p53, TAp63, and TAp73. This contributes to the ability of cancer cells to withstand DNA damage-induced apoptosis. Interference with the interaction of p53 gain-of-function mutants with TAp63 or TAp73 may thus sensitize hepatocellular carcinoma to elimination by therapy.
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Association of early repolarization pattern on ECG with risk of cardiac and all-cause mortality: a population-based prospective cohort study (MONICA/KORA).
PLoS Med.
PUBLISHED: 01-18-2010
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Early repolarization pattern (ERP) on electrocardiogram was associated with idiopathic ventricular fibrillation and sudden cardiac arrest in a case-control study and with cardiovascular mortality in a Finnish community-based sample. We sought to determine ERP prevalence and its association with cardiac and all-cause mortality in a large, prospective, population-based case-cohort study (Monitoring of Cardiovascular Diseases and Conditions [MONICA]/KORA [Cooperative Health Research in the Region of Augsburg]) comprised of individuals of Central-European descent.
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Genome-wide association study of PR interval.
Nat. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 01-10-2010
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The electrocardiographic PR interval (or PQ interval) reflects atrial and atrioventricular nodal conduction, disturbances of which increase risk of atrial fibrillation. We report a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies for PR interval from seven population-based European studies in the CHARGE Consortium: AGES, ARIC, CHS, FHS, KORA, Rotterdam Study, and SardiNIA (N = 28,517). We identified nine loci associated with PR interval at P < 5 x 10(-8). At the 3p22.2 locus, we observed two independent associations in voltage-gated sodium channel genes, SCN10A and SCN5A. Six of the loci were near cardiac developmental genes, including CAV1-CAV2, NKX2-5 (CSX1), SOX5, WNT11, MEIS1, and TBX5-TBX3, providing pathophysiologically interesting candidate genes. Five of the loci, SCN5A, SCN10A, NKX2-5, CAV1-CAV2, and SOX5, were also associated with atrial fibrillation (N = 5,741 cases, P < 0.0056). This suggests a role for common variation in ion channel and developmental genes in atrial and atrioventricular conduction as well as in susceptibility to atrial fibrillation.
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Targeting of p53-transcriptional dysfunction by conditionally replicating adenovirus is not limited by p53-homologues.
Mol. Ther.
PUBLISHED: 12-29-2009
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A hallmark of human tumors is the loss of p53 or its transcriptional functions. In this study, we describe the generation of the conditionally replicating adenovirus Adp53sensor for the treatment of p53-dysfunctional tumors. p53-selective attenuation of viral replication was achieved by using p53-dependent expression of the transcriptional repressor Gal4-KRAB that was directed against the adenoviral E1A locus. Adp53sensor shows efficient replication in p53-dysfunctional, but not in p53-active cells. In p53-dysfunctional cells, p53-analogous transcriptional activity by other p53 family members was not sufficient to compromise replication of Adp53sensor. In comparison with a genetically similar, but p53-insensitive virus, Adp53sensor replication was inhibited after systemic infection of p53-wt-mice, but not in p53-ko-mice thus confirming the correct function of the chosen approach. Adp53sensor showed efficient lytic and replicative properties in all investigated cells with p53-dysfunction and successfully inhibited the growth of subcutaneous xenotransplants in vivo. We further demonstrated that intravenous injection of Adp53sensor lead to significantly reduced liver damage compared to the control virus. Together, our data show that Adp53sensor is an oncolytic, p53-selective adenovirus for efficient treatment of p53-dysfunctional tumors with a favorable toxicity profile. Moreover, Adp53sensor provides a strategy that should be applicable to other transcriptionally regulated DNA viruses.
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European lactase persistence genotype shows evidence of association with increase in body mass index.
Hum. Mol. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 12-16-2009
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The global prevalence of obesity has increased significantly in recent decades, mainly due to excess calorie intake and increasingly sedentary lifestyle. Here, we test the association between obesity measured by body mass index (BMI) and one of the best-known genetic variants showing strong selective pressure: the functional variant in the cis-regulatory element of the lactase gene. We tested this variant since it is presumed to provide nutritional advantage in specific physical and cultural environments. We genetically defined lactase persistence (LP) in 31 720 individuals from eight European population-based studies and one family study by genotyping or imputing the European LP variant (rs4988235). We performed a meta-analysis by pooling the beta-coefficient estimates of the relationship between rs4988235 and BMI from the nine studies and found that the carriers of the allele responsible for LP among Europeans showed higher BMI (P = 7.9 x 10(-5)). Since this locus has been shown to be prone to population stratification, we paid special attention to reveal any population substructure which might be responsible for the association signal. The best evidence of exclusion of stratification came from the Dutch family sample which is robust for stratification. In this study, we highlight issues in model selection in the genome-wide association studies and problems in imputation of these special genomic regions.
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DNA variants, plasma levels and variability of interleukin-6 in myocardial infarction survivors: results from the AIRGENE study.
Thromb. Res.
PUBLISHED: 10-23-2009
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Increased levels of interleukin 6 (IL-6), a marker for systemic inflammation, have been associated with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.
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Activation of the receptor for parathyroid hormone and parathyroid hormone related protein induces apoptosis via the extrinsic and intrinsic signaling pathway.
Int. J. Mol. Med.
PUBLISHED: 07-30-2009
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Parathyroid hormone (PTH) is the primary regulator of serum calcium homeostasis and bone metabolism. PTH acts primarily by binding to its receptor, PTH1R, in the bone and kidney. In addition to PTH, PTH1R also recognizes PTH-related peptide (PTHrP), a paracrine/autocrine factor originally described as the hormone responsible for hypercalcemia of malignancy. PTHrP is developmentally regulated and expressed, and it has been shown to play a physiological role in development, differentiation, cell proliferation and survival. We investigated the effects of PTH1R activation on the apoptosis signaling programs of human embryonic kidney (HEK) cells. Stimulation experiments of the CD95, TNF-R and TRAIL-R death receptor systems revealed that activation of PTH1R in HEK cells triggers signaling via each of these death receptors. Furthermore, our findings demonstrate a link between activation of PTH1R and the mitochondrial apoptosis pathway. PTHR1R overexpression led to an alteration of the mitochondrial membrane potential and activation of the intrinsic apoptosis signaling pathway. Our data indicate that activation of PTH1R engages major apoptosis signaling pathways by inducing signaling via death receptors and mitochondria in HEK cells. Thus, beyond its importance in development and differentiation, we describe an important role for the PTH/PTHrP receptor system in apoptosis of differentiating/embryonic cells.
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Active transcription of the human FAS/CD95/TNFRSF6 gene involves the p53 family.
Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun.
PUBLISHED: 07-10-2009
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p63 and p73 express two main classes of isoforms: isoforms which contain the transactivation domain (TAp73 and TAp63) executing transcriptional activity and dominant-negative isoforms which are truncated at the NH2-terminus acting as operant inhibitors of TAp73, TAp63 and wild-type p53, and thus possessing oncogenic potential. Like wt p53, TAp63 and TAp73 isoforms transactivate target genes that activate apoptosis signaling pathways. In an attempt to understand how the CD95 gene is regulated by the p53 family, we investigated the contributions of a p53-responsive element (RE) within the first intron of the CD95 gene as well as three elements within the promoter. The intronic element conferred transcriptional activation by p53, TAp63 and TAp73 and cooperated with the p53-REs in the promoter of the CD95 gene. Cooperation between the p53-REs in the promoter and the intronic p53-binding site resulted in maximal transcriptional activation of the CD95 gene by the p53 family.
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Parathyroid hormone-related protein confers chemoresistance by blocking apoptosis signaling via death receptors and mitochondria.
Int. J. Cancer
PUBLISHED: 06-10-2009
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Parathyroid hormone (PTH) has a central role in the regulation of serum calcium and phosphate, whereas parathyroid hormone-related peptide (PTHrP) has important developmental roles. In addition, PTHrP has been discovered as a causative agent of hypercalcemia of malignancy. PTHrP is also expressed in many tumors, and expression often correlates with unfavorable prognosis. We have investigated the effects of PTHrP on apoptosis signaling pathways initiated by DNA damaging chemotherapeutic drugs. Stimulation experiments of the CD95-, the TNF-R-, and the TRAIL-R-death receptor systems in Saos human osteosarcoma cells revealed that PTHrP can block signaling via each of these death receptors. Furthermore, our findings demonstrate a link between PTHrP and the mitochondrial apoptosis pathway. PTHrP down-regulates expression of pro-apoptotic Bcl-2 family members like Bax and PUMA and up-regulates expression of antiapoptotic molecules like Bcl-2 and Bcl-xl. It is of clinical relevance that PTHrP and anticancer drugs show opposing interactions on death receptor-triggered as well as on mitochondrial apoptosis pathways. In addition, PTHrP induces chemoresistance by interference with p53 family-dependent apoptosis signaling pathways and p53-mediated transactivation of apoptosis target genes. Inhibition of CD95- and Bax gene transactivation is a mechanism by which PTHrP reduced the apoptosis response and treatment sensitivity of tumor cells. Our data indicate that PTHrP inhibits major apoptosis signaling pathways by blocking signaling via p53, death receptors and mitochondria and, consequently, confers chemoresistance of cancer cells. Thus, beyond its importance in development and differentiation, we describe an important role for PTHrP in tumorigenesis.
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Magnetoresistance in double spin filter tunnel junctions with nonmagnetic electrodes and its unconventional bias dependence.
Phys. Rev. Lett.
PUBLISHED: 02-17-2009
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Spin filtering happens due to the discriminative tunneling probabilities for spin-up and spin-down electrons through a magnetic barrier and can result in highly spin polarized tunnel currents. Combining two such barriers in a tunnel junction thus leads to large magnetoresistance without the necessity of magnetic electrodes. We demonstrate the realization of such unconventional tunnel junctions using double EuS spin filter barriers with Al electrodes. The novel nonmonotonic and asymmetric bias behavior in magnetoresistance can be qualitatively modeled in the framework of WKB approximations.
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Common variants at ten loci modulate the QT interval duration in the QTSCD Study.
Nat. Genet.
PUBLISHED: 01-19-2009
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The QT interval, a measure of cardiac repolarization, predisposes to ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death (SCD) when prolonged or shortened. A common variant in NOS1AP is known to influence repolarization. We analyze genome-wide data from five population-based cohorts (ARIC, KORA, SardiNIA, GenNOVA and HNR) with a total of 15,842 individuals of European ancestry, to confirm the NOS1AP association and identify nine additional loci at P < 5 x 10(-8). Four loci map near the monogenic long-QT syndrome genes KCNQ1, KCNH2, SCN5A and KCNJ2. Two other loci include ATP1B1 and PLN, genes with established electrophysiological function, whereas three map to RNF207, near LITAF and within NDRG4-GINS3-SETD6-CNOT1, respectively, all of which have not previously been implicated in cardiac electrophysiology. These results, together with an accompanying paper from the QTGEN consortium, identify new candidate genes for ventricular arrhythmias and SCD.
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No association of two functional polymorphisms in human ALOX15 with myocardial infarction.
Atherosclerosis
PUBLISHED: 01-10-2009
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The 12/15-lipoxygenase plays a janus-role in inflammation with pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory effects in cell systems and even opposite effects on atherosclerosis in two different animal species. Screening of the human 15-lipoxygenase (ALOX15) gene detected a polymorphic C to T substitution at position c.-292, which led to three times higher ALOX15 activity in macrophages and showed a trend to be atheroprotective in a small case-control study for coronary artery disease (CAD). A second polymorphism at position c.1693C>T leading to an T560M exchange and an inactive enzyme was recently associated with increased CAD. We now investigated whether these polymorphisms or a certain haplotype of ALOX15 are associated with myocardial infarction (MI) in a case-control subset from the population-based MONIKA/KORA cohort S3. Six polymorphisms in ALOX15 were analyzed in 2629 participants to cover all major haplotypes with a frequency higher than 1% in the Caucasian population. None of the polymorphism was associated with MI but a rare ALOX15 haplotype showed a significant protective effect on the risk for MI (p=0.03). However, none of the polymorphisms or haplotypes was associated with CRP levels. These data suggest that ALOX15 may play a less prominent role during later stages of atherosclerosis involving atherothrombotic mechanisms than eventually during early plaque development.
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Within-clutch variation in yolk testosterone as an adaptive maternal effect to modulate avian sibling competition: evidence from a comparative study.
Am. Nat.
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In many species, embryos are exposed to maternal hormones in utero, in the egg, or in the seed. In birds, mothers deposit substantial testosterone into their eggs, which enhances competitive ability of offspring. These maternal testosterone concentrations vary systematically within clutches in different patterns and may enable mothers to adaptively fine-tune competitive hierarchies within broods. We performed a comparative analysis to investigate this hypothesis using a broad set of avian species. We expected species with small size differences among siblings (arising from small hatching asynchrony or slow growth rates) to aim for survival of the whole brood in good years and therefore compensate last-hatching eggs with relatively more testosterone. We expected species with large size differences among siblings (large hatching asynchrony or fast growth rates) to produce surplus young as insurance against failed offspring and to facilitate elimination of redundant surplus young by bestowing last-hatching eggs with relatively less testosterone. As predicted, we found that maternal testosterone compensation to last-hatching eggs is stronger when size differences among siblings become smaller. Maternal testosterone compensation to last-hatching eggs also correlated negatively with hatching asynchrony and growth rates. These findings provide evidence for correlated evolution of several maternal effects that together support different maternal reproductive strategies.
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Large-scale association analysis identifies new risk loci for coronary artery disease.
, Panos Deloukas, Stavroula Kanoni, Christina Willenborg, Martin Farrall, Themistocles L Assimes, John R Thompson, Erik Ingelsson, Danish Saleheen, Jeanette Erdmann, Benjamin A Goldstein, Kathleen Stirrups, Inke R König, Jean-Baptiste Cazier, Asa Johansson, Alistair S Hall, Jong-Young Lee, Cristen J Willer, John C Chambers, Tonu Esko, Lasse Folkersen, Anuj Goel, Elin Grundberg, Aki S Havulinna, Weang K Ho, Jemma C Hopewell, Niclas Eriksson, Marcus E Kleber, Kati Kristiansson, Per Lundmark, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Suzanne Rafelt, Dmitry Shungin, Rona J Strawbridge, Gudmar Thorleifsson, Emmi Tikkanen, Natalie Van Zuydam, Benjamin F Voight, Lindsay L Waite, Weihua Zhang, Andreas Ziegler, Devin Absher, David Altshuler, Anthony J Balmforth, Inês Barroso, Peter S Braund, Christof Burgdorf, Simone Claudi-Boehm, David Cox, Maria Dimitriou, Ron Do, Alex S F Doney, NourEddine El Mokhtari, Per Eriksson, Krista Fischer, Pierre Fontanillas, Anders Franco-Cereceda, Bruna Gigante, Leif Groop, Stefan Gustafsson, Jörg Hager, Göran Hallmans, Bok-Ghee Han, Sarah E Hunt, Hyun M Kang, Thomas Illig, Thorsten Kessler, Joshua W Knowles, Genovefa Kolovou, Johanna Kuusisto, Claudia Langenberg, Cordelia Langford, Karin Leander, Marja-Liisa Lokki, Anders Lundmark, Mark I McCarthy, Christa Meisinger, Olle Melander, Evelin Mihailov, Seraya Maouche, Andrew D Morris, Martina Müller-Nurasyid, Kjell Nikus, John F Peden, N William Rayner, Asif Rasheed, Silke Rosinger, Diana Rubin, Moritz P Rumpf, Arne Schäfer, Mohan Sivananthan, Ci Song, Alexandre F R Stewart, Sian-Tsung Tan, Gudmundur Thorgeirsson, C Ellen van der Schoot, Peter J Wagner, George A Wells, Philipp S Wild, Tsun-Po Yang, Philippe Amouyel, Dominique Arveiler, Hanneke Basart, Michael Boehnke, Eric Boerwinkle, Paolo Brambilla, Francois Cambien, Adrienne L Cupples, Ulf de Faire, Abbas Dehghan, Patrick Diemert, Stephen E Epstein, Alun Evans, Marco M Ferrario, Jean Ferrières, Dominique Gauguier, Alan S Go, Alison H Goodall, Villi Gudnason, Stanley L Hazen, Hilma Holm, Carlos Iribarren, Yangsoo Jang, Mika Kähönen, Frank Kee, Hyo-Soo Kim, Norman Klopp, Wolfgang Koenig, Wolfgang Kratzer, Kari Kuulasmaa, Markku Laakso, Reijo Laaksonen, Ji-Young Lee, Lars Lind, Willem H Ouwehand, Sarah Parish, Jeong E Park, Nancy L Pedersen, Annette Peters, Thomas Quertermous, Daniel J Rader, Veikko Salomaa, Eric Schadt, Svati H Shah, Juha Sinisalo, Klaus Stark, Kari Stefansson, David-Alexandre Trégouët, Jarmo Virtamo, Lars Wallentin, Nicholas Wareham, Martina E Zimmermann, Markku S Nieminen, Christian Hengstenberg, Manjinder S Sandhu, Tomi Pastinen, Ann-Christine Syvänen, G Kees Hovingh, George Dedoussis, Paul W Franks, Terho Lehtimäki, Andres Metspalu, Pierre A Zalloua, Agneta Siegbahn, Stefan Schreiber, Samuli Ripatti, Stefan S Blankenberg, Markus Perola, Robert Clarke, Bernhard O Boehm, Christopher O'Donnell, Muredach P Reilly, Winfried März, Rory Collins, Sekar Kathiresan, Anders Hamsten, Jaspal S Kooner, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, John Danesh, Colin N A Palmer, Robert Roberts, Hugh Watkins, Heribert Schunkert, Nilesh J Samani.
Nat. Genet.
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Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the commonest cause of death. Here, we report an association analysis in 63,746 CAD cases and 130,681 controls identifying 15 loci reaching genome-wide significance, taking the number of susceptibility loci for CAD to 46, and a further 104 independent variants (r(2) < 0.2) strongly associated with CAD at a 5% false discovery rate (FDR). Together, these variants explain approximately 10.6% of CAD heritability. Of the 46 genome-wide significant lead SNPs, 12 show a significant association with a lipid trait, and 5 show a significant association with blood pressure, but none is significantly associated with diabetes. Network analysis with 233 candidate genes (loci at 10% FDR) generated 5 interaction networks comprising 85% of these putative genes involved in CAD. The four most significant pathways mapping to these networks are linked to lipid metabolism and inflammation, underscoring the causal role of these activities in the genetic etiology of CAD. Our study provides insights into the genetic basis of CAD and identifies key biological pathways.
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Maternal androgens increase sibling aggression, dominance, and competitive ability in the siblicidal black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla).
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Animals and plants routinely produce more offspring than they can afford to rear. Mothers can favour certain young by conferring on them competitive advantages such as a leading position in the birth sequence, more resources or hormones. Avian mothers create hatching asynchrony within a clutch and at the same time bestow the eggs with different concentrations of androgens that may enhance or counteract the competitive advantage experienced by early-hatching "core" young. In siblicidal birds, core young assume a dominant social position in the nest due to their size advantage and when threatened with starvation fatally attack subdominant later-hatching "marginal" young. A role for maternal androgens in siblicidal aggression has frequently been suggested but never tested. We studied this in the facultatively siblicidal black-headed kittiwake. We found that marginal eggs contain higher instead of lower concentrations of androgens than core eggs. Surprisingly, exposure to experimentally elevated yolk androgens increased sibling aggression and dominance, even though in nature marginal eggs never produce dominant chicks. We propose the "adoption facilitation hypothesis" to explain this paradox. This cliff-nesting colonial species has a high adoption rate: ejected marginal kittiwake chicks frequently fall into other nests containing chicks of similar or smaller size and exposure to yolk androgens might help them integrate themselves into a foster nest.
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Leveraging ethnic group incidence variation to investigate genetic susceptibility to glioma: a novel candidate SNP approach.
Front Genet
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Objectives: Using a novel candidate SNP approach, we aimed to identify a possible genetic basis for the higher glioma incidence in Whites relative to East Asians and African-Americans. Methods:? We hypothesized that genetic regions containing SNPs with extreme differences in allele frequencies across ethnicities are most likely to harbor susceptibility variants. We used International HapMap Project data to identify 3,961 candidate SNPs with the largest allele frequency differences in Whites compared to East Asians and Africans and tested these SNPs for association with glioma risk in a set of White cases and controls. Top SNPs identified in the discovery dataset were tested for association with glioma in five independent replication datasets. Results: No SNP achieved statistical significance in either the discovery or replication datasets after accounting for multiple testing or conducting meta-analysis. However, the most strongly associated SNP, rs879471, was found to be in linkage disequilibrium with a previously identified risk SNP, rs6010620, in RTEL1. We estimate rs6010620 to account for a glioma incidence rate ratio of 1.34 for Whites relative to East Asians. Conclusion: We explored genetic susceptibility to glioma using a novel candidate SNP method which may be applicable to other diseases with appropriate epidemiologic patterns.
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Genome-wide association study for circulating levels of PAI-1 provides novel insights into its regulation.
Blood
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We conducted a genome-wide association study to identify novel associations between genetic variants and circulating plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) concentration, and examined functional implications of variants and genes that were discovered. A discovery meta-analysis was performed in 19 599 subjects, followed by replication analysis of genome-wide significant (P < 5 × 10(-8)) single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 10 796 independent samples. We further examined associations with type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease, assessed the functional significance of the SNPs for gene expression in human tissues, and conducted RNA-silencing experiments for one novel association. We confirmed the association of the 4G/5G proxy SNP rs2227631 in the promoter region of SERPINE1 (7q22.1) and discovered genome-wide significant associations at 3 additional loci: chromosome 7q22.1 close to SERPINE1 (rs6976053, discovery P = 3.4 × 10(-10)); chromosome 11p15.2 within ARNTL (rs6486122, discovery P = 3.0 × 10(-8)); and chromosome 3p25.2 within PPARG (rs11128603, discovery P = 2.9 × 10(-8)). Replication was achieved for the 7q22.1 and 11p15.2 loci. There was nominal association with type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease at ARNTL (P < .05). Functional studies identified MUC3 as a candidate gene for the second association signal on 7q22.1. In summary, SNPs in SERPINE1 and ARNTL and an SNP associated with the expression of MUC3 were robustly associated with circulating levels of PAI-1.
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