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Yohann Nédélec, Joaquín Sanz, Golshid Baharian, Zachary A Szpiech, Alain Pacis, Anne Dumaine, Jean-Christophe Grenier, Andrew Freiman, Aaron J Sams, Steven Hebert, Ariane Pagé Sabourin, Francesca Luca, Ran Blekhman, Ryan D Hernandez, Roger Pique-Regi, Jenny Tung, Vania Yotova, Luis B Barreiro
Individuals from different populations vary considerably in their susceptibility to immune-related diseases. To understand how genetic variation and natural selection contribute to these differences, we tested for the effects of African versus European ancestry on the transcriptional response of primary macrophages to live bacterial pathogens. A total of 9.3% of macrophage-expressed genes show ancestry-associated differences in the gene regulatory response to infection, and African ancestry specifically predicts a stronger inflammatory response and reduced intracellular bacterial growth...
October 20, 2016: Cell
Hélène Quach, Maxime Rotival, Julien Pothlichet, Yong-Hwee Eddie Loh, Michael Dannemann, Nora Zidane, Guillaume Laval, Etienne Patin, Christine Harmant, Marie Lopez, Matthieu Deschamps, Nadia Naffakh, Darragh Duffy, Anja Coen, Geert Leroux-Roels, Frederic Clément, Anne Boland, Jean-François Deleuze, Janet Kelso, Matthew L Albert, Lluis Quintana-Murci
Humans differ in the outcome that follows exposure to life-threatening pathogens, yet the extent of population differences in immune responses and their genetic and evolutionary determinants remain undefined. Here, we characterized, using RNA sequencing, the transcriptional response of primary monocytes from Africans and Europeans to bacterial and viral stimuli-ligands activating Toll-like receptor pathways (TLR1/2, TLR4, and TLR7/8) and influenza virus-and mapped expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs)...
October 20, 2016: Cell
Eun Yong Kang, Lisa Martin, Serghei Mangul, Warin Isvilanonda, Jennifer Zou, Eyal Ben-David, Buhm Han, Aldons J Lusis, Sagiv Shifman, Eleazar Eskin
The study of the genetics of gene expression is of considerable importance to understanding the nature of common, complex diseases. The most widely applied approach to identifying relationships between genetic variation and gene expression is the expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) approach. Here we increase the computational power of eQTL with an alternative and complementary approach based on analyzing allele specific expression (ASE). We design a novel analytical method to identify cis-acting regulatory variants based on genome sequencing and measurements of ASE from RNA-seq data...
October 7, 2016: Genetics
Laura Whitton, Donna Cosgrove, Christopher Clarkson, Denise Harold, Kimberley Kendall, Alex Richards, Kiran Mantripragada, Michael J Owen, Michael C O'Donovan, James Walters, Annette Hartmann, Betina Konte, Dan Rujescu, Michael Gill, Aiden Corvin, Stephen Rea, Gary Donohoe, Derek W Morris
Epigenetic mechanisms are an important heritable and dynamic means of regulating various genomic functions, including gene expression, to orchestrate brain development, adult neurogenesis, and synaptic plasticity. These processes when perturbed are thought to contribute to schizophrenia pathophysiology. A core feature of schizophrenia is cognitive dysfunction. For genetic disorders where cognitive impairment is more severe such as intellectual disability, there are a disproportionally high number of genes involved in the epigenetic regulation of gene transcription...
October 20, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
Aharon Nachshon, Hanifa J Abu-Toamih Atamni, Yael Steuerman, Roa'a Sheikh-Hamed, Alexandra Dorman, Richard Mott, Juliane C Dohm, Hans Lehrach, Marc Sultan, Ron Shamir, Sascha Sauer, Heinz Himmelbauer, Fuad A Iraqi, Irit Gat-Viks
A central challenge in pharmaceutical research is to investigate genetic variation in response to drugs. The Collaborative Cross (CC) mouse reference population is a promising model for pharmacogenomic studies because of its large amount of genetic variation, genetic reproducibility, and dense recombination sites. While the CC lines are phenotypically diverse, their genetic diversity in drug disposition processes, such as detoxification reactions, is still largely uncharacterized. Here we systematically measured RNA-sequencing expression profiles from livers of 29 CC lines under baseline conditions...
2016: Frontiers in Genetics
Ryosuke Kita, Hunter B Fraser
Sun-exposure is a key environmental variable in the study of human evolution. Several skin-pigmentation genes serve as classical examples of positive selection, suggesting that sun-exposure has significantly shaped worldwide genomic variation. Here we investigate the interaction between genetic variation and sun-exposure, and how this impacts gene expression regulation. Using RNA-Seq data from 607 human skin samples, we identified thousands of transcripts that are differentially expressed between sun-exposed skin and non-sun-exposed skin...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Hanseol Kim, Jihye Ryu, Chaeyoung Lee
A genome-wide association study was conducted to identify expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) for human telomerase.We tested the genetic associations of nucleotide variants with expression of the genes encoding human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) and telomerase RNA components (TERC) in lymphoblastoid cell lines derived from 373 Europeans.Our results revealed 6 eQTLs associated with hTERT (P < 5 × 10). One eQTL (rs17755753) was located in the intron 1 of the gene encoding R-spondin-3 (RSPO3), a well-known Wnt signaling regulator...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Jing-Woei Li, Heung-Man Lee, Ying Wang, Amy Hin-Yan Tong, Kevin Y Yip, Stephen Kwok-Wing Tsui, Si Lok, Risa Ozaki, Andrea O Luk, Alice P S Kong, Wing-Yee So, Ronald C W Ma, Juliana C N Chan, Ting-Fung Chan
Protein interactions play significant roles in complex diseases. We analyzed peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) transcriptome using a multi-method strategy. We constructed a tissue-specific interactome (T2Di) and identified 420 molecular signatures associated with T2D-related comorbidity and symptoms, mainly implicated in inflammation, adipogenesis, protein phosphorylation and hormonal secretion. Apart from explaining the residual associations within the DIAbetes Genetics Replication And Meta-analysis (DIAGRAM) study, the T2Di signatures were enriched in pathogenic cell type-specific regulatory elements related to fetal development, immunity and expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL)...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Katelyn M Mika, Vincent J Lynch
Variation in female reproductive traits, such as fertility, fecundity, and fecundability, is heritable in humans, but identifying and functionally characterizing genetic variants associated with these traits has been challenging. Here, we explore the functional significance and evolutionary history of a T/C polymorphism of SNP rs2071473, which we have previously shown is an eQTL for TAP2 and significantly associated with fecundability (time to pregnancy). We replicated the association between the rs2071473 genotype and TAP2 expression by using GTEx data and demonstrated that TAP2 is expressed by decidual stromal cells at the maternal-fetal interface...
September 24, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
Wanqing Liu, Quentin M Anstee, Xiaoliang Wang, Samer Gawrieh, Eric R Gamazon, Shaminie Athinarayanan, Yang-Lin Liu, Rebecca Darlay, Heather J Cordell, Ann K Daly, Chris P Day, Naga Chalasani
The increased expression of PNPLA3(148M) leads to hepatosteatosis in mice. This study aims to investigate the genetic control of hepatic PNPLA3 transcription and to explore its impact on NAFLD risk in humans. Through a locus-wide expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) mapping in two human liver sample sets, a PNPLA3 intronic SNP, rs139051 A>G was identified as a significant eQTL (p = 6.6×10(-8)) influencing PNPLA3 transcription, with the A allele significantly associated with increased PNPLA3 mRNA. An electrophoresis mobility shift assay further demonstrated that the A allele has enhanced affinity to nuclear proteins than the G allele...
October 13, 2016: Aging
Aida Moreno-Moral, Enrico Petretto
Complementary to traditional gene mapping approaches used to identify the hereditary components of complex diseases, integrative genomics and systems genetics have emerged as powerful strategies to decipher the key genetic drivers of molecular pathways that underlie disease. Broadly speaking, integrative genomics aims to link cellular-level traits (such as mRNA expression) to the genome to identify their genetic determinants. With the characterization of several cellular-level traits within the same system, the integrative genomics approach evolved into a more comprehensive study design, called systems genetics, which aims to unravel the complex biological networks and pathways involved in disease, and in turn map their genetic control points...
October 1, 2016: Disease Models & Mechanisms
Peilin Jia, Guangchun Han, Junfei Zhao, Pinyi Lu, Zhongming Zhao
SZGR 2.0 is a comprehensive resource of candidate variants and genes for schizophrenia, covering genetic, epigenetic, transcriptomic, translational and many other types of evidence. By systematic review and curation of multiple lines of evidence, we included almost all variants and genes that have ever been reported to be associated with schizophrenia. In particular, we collected ∼4200 common variants reported in genome-wide association studies, ∼1000 de novo mutations discovered by large-scale sequencing of family samples, 215 genes spanning rare and replication copy number variations, 99 genes overlapping with linkage regions, 240 differentially expressed genes, 4651 differentially methylated genes and 49 genes as antipsychotic drug targets...
October 12, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Latisha Love-Gregory, Aldi T Kraja, Fiona Allum, Stella Aslibekyan, Åsa K Hedman, Yanan Duan, Ingrid B Borecki, Donna K Arnett, Mark I McCarthy, Panos Deloukas, Jose M Ordovas, Paul N Hopkins, Elin Grundberg, Nada A Abumrad
CD36 variants influence fasting lipids and risk of metabolic syndrome, but their impact on postprandial lipids, an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, is unclear. We determined effects of SNPs within a ~410-kb region encompassing CD36 and its proximal and distal promoters on chylomicron remnants (CM) and LDL particles at fasting, 3.5 and 6 hours following a high-fat meal (GOLDN study, n=1117). Five promoter variants associated with CM, four with delayed triglyceride clearance and five with LDL particle number...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Lipid Research
Paola G Bronson, Diana Chang, Tushar Bhangale, Michael F Seldin, Ward Ortmann, Ricardo C Ferreira, Elena Urcelay, Luis Fernández Pereira, Javier Martin, Alessandro Plebani, Vassilios Lougaris, Vanda Friman, Tomáš Freiberger, Jiri Litzman, Vojtech Thon, Qiang Pan-Hammarström, Lennart Hammarström, Robert R Graham, Timothy W Behrens
Selective immunoglobulin A deficiency (IgAD) is the most common primary immunodeficiency in Europeans. Our genome-wide association study (GWAS) meta-analysis of 1,635 patients with IgAD and 4,852 controls identified four new significant (P < 5 × 10(-8)) loci and association with a rare IFIH1 variant (p.Ile923Val). Peak new variants (PVT1, P = 4.3 × 10(-11); ATG13-AMBRA1, P = 6.7 × 10(-10); AHI1, P = 8.4 × 10(-10); CLEC16A, P = 1.4 × 10(-9)) overlapped with autoimmune markers (3/4) and correlated with 21 putative regulatory variants, including expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs) for AHI1 and DEXI and DNase hypersensitivity sites in FOXP3(+) regulatory T cells...
October 10, 2016: Nature Genetics
Ying Jin, Genevieve Andersen, Daniel Yorgov, Tracey M Ferrara, Songtao Ben, Kelly M Brownson, Paulene J Holland, Stanca A Birlea, Janet Siebert, Anke Hartmann, Anne Lienert, Nanja van Geel, Jo Lambert, Rosalie M Luiten, Albert Wolkerstorfer, J P Wietze van der Veen, Dorothy C Bennett, Alain Taïeb, Khaled Ezzedine, E Helen Kemp, David J Gawkrodger, Anthony P Weetman, Sulev Kõks, Ele Prans, Külli Kingo, Maire Karelson, Margaret R Wallace, Wayne T McCormack, Andreas Overbeck, Silvia Moretti, Roberta Colucci, Mauro Picardo, Nanette B Silverberg, Mats Olsson, Yan Valle, Igor Korobko, Markus Böhm, Henry W Lim, Iltefat Hamzavi, Li Zhou, Qing-Sheng Mi, Pamela R Fain, Stephanie A Santorico, Richard A Spritz
Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease in which depigmented skin results from the destruction of melanocytes, with epidemiological association with other autoimmune diseases. In previous linkage and genome-wide association studies (GWAS1 and GWAS2), we identified 27 vitiligo susceptibility loci in patients of European ancestry. We carried out a third GWAS (GWAS3) in European-ancestry subjects, with augmented GWAS1 and GWAS2 controls, genome-wide imputation, and meta-analysis of all three GWAS, followed by an independent replication...
October 10, 2016: Nature Genetics
Ivan Kel, Zisong Chang, Nadia Galluccio, Margherita Romeo, Stefano Beretta, Luisa Diomede, Alessandra Mezzelani, Luciano Milanesi, Christoph Dieterich, Ivan Merelli
The interpretation of genome-wide association study is difficult, as it is hard to understand how polymorphisms can affect gene regulation, in particular for trans-regulatory elements located far from their controlling gene. Using RNA or protein expression data as phenotypes, it is possible to correlate their variations with specific genotypes. This technique is usually referred to as expression Quantitative Trait Loci (eQTLs) analysis and only few packages exist for the integration of genotype patterns and expression profiles...
September 22, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
Marc-Emmanuel Dumas, Céline Domange, Sophie Calderari, Andrea Rodríguez Martínez, Rafael Ayala, Steven P Wilder, Nicolas Suárez-Zamorano, Stephan C Collins, Robert H Wallis, Quan Gu, Yulan Wang, Christophe Hue, Georg W Otto, Karène Argoud, Vincent Navratil, Steve C Mitchell, John C Lindon, Elaine Holmes, Jean-Baptiste Cazier, Jeremy K Nicholson, Dominique Gauguier
BACKGROUND: The genetic regulation of metabolic phenotypes (i.e., metabotypes) in type 2 diabetes mellitus occurs through complex organ-specific cellular mechanisms and networks contributing to impaired insulin secretion and insulin resistance. Genome-wide gene expression profiling systems can dissect the genetic contributions to metabolome and transcriptome regulations. The integrative analysis of multiple gene expression traits and metabolic phenotypes (i.e., metabotypes) together with their underlying genetic regulation remains a challenge...
September 30, 2016: Genome Medicine
Bodo Brand, Markus O Scheinhardt, Juliane Friedrich, Daisy Zimmer, Norbert Reinsch, Siriluck Ponsuksili, Manfred Schwerin, Andreas Ziegler
BACKGROUND: The importance of the adrenal gland in regard to lactation and reproduction in cattle has been recognized early. Caused by interest in animal welfare and the impact of stress on economically important traits in farm animals the adrenal gland and its function within the stress response is of increasing interest. However, the molecular mechanisms and pathways involved in stress-related effects on economically important traits in farm animals are not fully understood. Gene expression is an important mechanism underlying complex traits, and genetic variants affecting the transcript abundance are thought to influence the manifestation of an expressed phenotype...
October 6, 2016: BMC Genetics
Guo-Dong Li, Dong Wang, Deng-Feng Zhang, Qun Xiang, Jia-Qi Feng, Xiao-An Li, Yu-Ye Li, Yong-Gang Yao
BACKGROUND: Previous genome-wide association study (GWAS) identified two new leprosy associated loci (1p31.3 [rs3762318] and 6q24.3 [rs2275606]). However, there were insufficient validations in independent populations. OBJECTIVE: To validate the association and to map the potentially causal variants/genes underlying the association between the confirmed GWAS hit and leprosy. METHODS: We genotyped 10 variants in the regions encompassing the two loci in 1110 Han Chinese subjects with and without leprosy, followed by expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL), mRNA expression profiling, and network analysis...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Science
M A E Nieuwenhuis, J M Vonk, B E Himes, C Sarnowski, C Minelli, D Jarvis, E Bouzigon, D C Nickle, M Laviolette, D Sin, S T Weiss, M van den Berge, G H Koppelman, D S Postma
BACKGROUND: The severity of bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR) is a fundamental feature of asthma. The severity of BHR varies between asthmatics and is associated with lack of asthma control. The mechanisms underlying this trait are still unclear. This study aims to identify genes associated with BHR severity, using a genome wide association study (GWAS) on the slope of BHR in adult asthmatics. METHODS: We performed a GWAS on BHR severity in adult asthmatics from the Dutch Asthma GWAS cohort (n=650), adjusting for smoking and inhaled corticosteroid use, and verified results in 3 other cohorts...
October 6, 2016: Allergy
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