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David Curtis, Leda Coelewij, Shou-Hwa Liu, Jack Humphrey, Richard Mott
A previous study of exome-sequenced schizophrenia cases and controls reported an excess of singleton, gene-disruptive variants among cases, concentrated in particular gene sets. The dataset included a number of subjects with a substantial Finnish contribution to ancestry. We have reanalysed the same dataset after removal of these subjects and we have also included non-singleton variants of all types using a weighted burden test which assigns higher weights to variants predicted to have a greater effect on protein function...
March 21, 2018: Behavior Genetics
Marlena S Fejzo, Olga V Sazonova, J Fah Sathirapongsasuti, Ingileif B Hallgrímsdóttir, Vladimir Vacic, Kimber W MacGibbon, Frederic P Schoenberg, Nicholas Mancuso, Dennis J Slamon, Patrick M Mullin
Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, occurs in 0.3-2% of pregnancies and is associated with maternal and fetal morbidity. The cause of HG remains unknown, but familial aggregation and results of twin studies suggest that understanding the genetic contribution is essential for comprehending the disease etiology. Here, we conduct a genome-wide association study (GWAS) for binary (HG) and ordinal (severity of nausea and vomiting) phenotypes of pregnancy complications. Two loci, chr19p13...
March 21, 2018: Nature Communications
José A Del Campo, Rocío Gallego-Durán, Paloma Gallego, Lourdes Grande
Genetics and epigenetics play a key role in the development of several diseases, including nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Family studies demonstrate that first degree relatives of patients with NAFLD are at a much higher risk of the disease than the general population. The development of the Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS) technology has allowed the identification of numerous genetic polymorphisms involved in the evolution of diseases (e.g., PNPLA3 , MBOAT7 ). On the other hand, epigenetic changes interact with inherited risk factors to determine an individual's susceptibility to NAFLD...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Sora Yoon, Hai C T Nguyen, Yun J Yoo, Jinhwan Kim, Bukyung Baik, Sounkou Kim, Jin Kim, Sangsoo Kim, Dougu Nam
Pathway-based analysis in genome-wide association study (GWAS) is being widely used to uncover novel multi-genic functional associations. Many of these pathway-based methods have been used to test the enrichment of the associated genes in the pathways, but exhibited low powers and were highly affected by free parameters. We present the novel method and software GSA-SNP2 for pathway enrichment analysis of GWAS P-value data. GSA-SNP2 provides high power, decent type I error control and fast computation by incorporating the random set model and SNP-count adjusted gene score...
March 19, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Suresh Venkateswaran, Jarod Prince, David J Cutler, Urko M Marigorta, David T Okou, Sampath Prahalad, David Mack, Brendan Boyle, Thomas Walters, Anne Griffiths, Cary G Sauer, Neal LeLeiko, David Keljo, James Markowitz, Susan S Baker, Joel Rosh, Marian Pfefferkorn, Melvin B Heyman, Ashish Patel, Anthony Otley, Robert Baldassano, Joshua Noe, Paul Rufo, Maria Oliva-Hemker, Sonia Davis, Michael E Zwick, Greg Gibson, Lee A Denson, Jeffrey Hyams, Subra Kugathasan
Background: The genetic contributions to pediatric onset ulcerative colitis (UC), characterized by severe disease and extensive colonic involvement, are largely unknown. In adult onset UC, Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS) has identified numerous loci, most of which have a modest susceptibility risk (OR 0.84-1.14), with the exception of the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) region on Chromosome 6 (OR 3.59). Method: To study the genetic contribution to exclusive pediatric onset UC, a GWAS was performed on 466 cases with 2099 healthy controls using UK Biobank array...
March 19, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Minseok Kwon, Sangseob Leem, Joon Yoon, Taesung Park
BACKGROUND: With the rapid advancement of array-based genotyping techniques, genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have successfully identified common genetic variants associated with common complex diseases. However, it has been shown that only a small proportion of the genetic etiology of complex diseases could be explained by the genetic factors identified from GWAS. This missing heritability could possibly be explained by gene-gene interaction (epistasis) and rare variants. There has been an exponential growth of gene-gene interaction analysis for common variants in terms of methodological developments and practical applications...
March 19, 2018: BMC Systems Biology
Seyma Katrinli, G Nilay Karatas Erkut, Kamil Ozdil, Feruze Yilmaz Enc, Oguzhan Ozturk, Resul Kahraman, Ilyas Tuncer, Gizem Dinler Doganay, Levent Doganay
AIM: Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) is a global health problem. Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) exposed signifi-cant association between the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class II region, including both DP and DQ loci, and chronic hepatitis B. Previous research also indicated the involvement of adaptive immune system in Hepatitis B seroconversion. The aim of this study is to investigate possible polymorphisms in the HLA-DP locus that can contribute to immune response to Hepatitis B virus (HBV)...
July 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Salpie Nowinski, Aida Santaolalla, Ben O'Leary, Massimo Loda, Ayesha Mirchandani, Mark Emberton, Mieke Van Hemelrijck, Anita Grigoriadis
Novel approaches for classification, including molecular features, are needed to direct therapy for men with low-grade prostate cancer (PCa), especially men on active surveillance. Risk alleles identified from genome-wide association studies (GWAS) could improve prognostication. Those risk alleles that coincided with genes and somatic copy number aberrations associated with progression of PCa were selected as the most relevant for prognostication. In a systematic literature review, a total of 698 studies were collated...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Claire Hian Tzer Chan, Prabhakaran Munusamy, Sau Yeen Loke, Geok Ling Koh, Audrey Zhi Yi Yang, Hai Yang Law, Chui Sheun Yoon, Chow Yin Wong, Wei Sean Yong, Nan Soon Wong, Raymond Chee Hui Ng, Kong Wee Ong, Preetha Madhukumar, Chung Lie Oey, Gay Hui Ho, Puay Hoon Tan, Min Han Tan, Peter Ang, Yoon Sim Yap, Ann Siew Gek Lee
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have proven highly successful in identifying single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with breast cancer (BC) risk. The majority of these studies are on European populations, with limited SNP association data in other populations. We genotyped 51 GWAS-identified SNPs in two independent cohorts of Singaporean Chinese. Cohort 1 comprised 1294 BC cases and 885 controls and was used to determine odds ratios (ORs); Cohort 2 had 301 BC cases and 243 controls for deriving polygenic risk scores (PRS)...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Chey Loveday, Kevin Litchfield, Max Levy, Amy Holroyd, Peter Broderick, Zsofia Kote-Jarai, Alison M Dunning, Kenneth Muir, Julian Peto, Rosalind Eeles, Douglas F Easton, Darshna Dudakia, Nick Orr, Nora Pashayan, Alison Reid, Robert A Huddart, Richard S Houlston, Clare Turnbull
Testicular germ cell tumor (TGCT), the most common cancer in men aged 18 to 45 years, has a strong heritable basis. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have proposed single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at a number of loci influencing TGCT risk. To further evaluate the association of recently proposed risk SNPs with TGCT at 2q14.2, 3q26.2, 7q36.3, 10q26.13 and 15q21.3, we analyzed genotype data on 3,206 cases and 7,422 controls. Our analysis provides independent replication of the associations for risk SNPs at 2q14...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Azmeraw T Amare, Klaus Oliver Schubert, Fasil Tekola-Ayele, Yi-Hsiang Hsu, Katrin Sangkuhl, Gregory Jenkins, Ryan M Whaley, Poulami Barman, Anthony Batzler, Russ B Altman, Volker Arolt, Jürgen Brockmöller, Chia-Hui Chen, Katharina Domschke, Daniel K Hall-Flavin, Chen-Jee Hong, Ari Illi, Yuan Ji, Olli Kampman, Toshihiko Kinoshita, Esa Leinonen, Ying-Jay Liou, Taisei Mushiroda, Shinpei Nonen, Michelle K Skime, Liewei Wang, Masaki Kato, Yu-Li Liu, Verayuth Praphanphoj, Julia C Stingl, William V Bobo, Shih-Jen Tsai, Michiaki Kubo, Teri E Klein, Richard M Weinshilboum, Joanna M Biernacka, Bernhard T Baune
Studies reported a strong genetic correlation between the Big Five personality traits and major depressive disorder (MDD). Moreover, personality traits are thought to be associated with response to antidepressants treatment that might partly be mediated by genetic factors. In this study, we examined whether polygenic scores (PGSs) derived from the Big Five personality traits predict treatment response and remission in patients with MDD who were prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). In addition, we performed meta-analyses of genome-wide association studies (GWASs) on these traits to identify genetic variants underpinning the cross-trait polygenic association...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Jessica Alber, Kelly McGarry, Richard B Noto, Peter J Snyder
Background: Recent genome-wide association screening (GWAS) studies have linked Alzheimer's disease (AD) neuropathology to gene networks that regulate immune function. Kan et al. recently reported that Arg1 (an anti-inflammatory gene that codes for arginase-1) is expressed in parts of the brain associated with amyloidosis prior to the onset of neuronal loss, suggesting that chronic brain arginine deprivation promotes AD-related neuropathology. They blocked arginine catabolism in their mouse AD model by administration of eflornithine (DFMO) to juvenile animals, effectively blocking the expression of AD-related amyloid pathology as the mice aged...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Daimei Sasayama, Shinya Asano, Shun Nogawa, Shoko Takahashi, Kenji Saito, Hiroshi Kunugi
Photic sneeze syndrome (PSS) is characterized by a tendency to sneeze when the eye is exposed to bright light. Recent genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have identified single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with PSS in Caucasian populations. We performed a GWAS on PSS in Japanese individuals who responded to a web-based survey and provided saliva samples. After quality control, genotype data of 210,086 SNPs in 11,409 individuals were analyzed. The overall prevalence of PSS was 3.2%. Consistent with previous reports, SNPs at 3p12...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Human Genetics
Maolin Gu, Jing Qiu, Daoxia Guo, Yunfang Xu, Xingxiang Liu, Chong Shen, Chen Dong
BACKGROUND: Recent GWAS-associated studies reported that single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in ABCB1, TGFβ1, XRCC1 genes were associated with hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection, and variants of APOA4 and APOE genes were associated with and hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection in US population. However, the associations of these loci with HAV or HEV infection in Chinese Han population remain unclear. METHODS: A total of 3082 Chinese Han persons were included in this study...
March 20, 2018: Virology Journal
Bin Guo, Baolin Wu
We propose statistical methods to detect novel genetic variants using only genome-wide association studies (GWAS) summary data without access to raw genotype and phenotype data. With more and more summary data being posted for public access in the post GWAS era, the proposed methods are practically very useful to identify additional interesting genetic variants and shed lights on the underlying disease mechanism. We illustrate the utility of our proposed methods with application to GWAS meta-analysis results of fasting glucose from the international MAGIC consortium...
March 1, 2018: Computational Biology and Chemistry
Zusen Ye, Hao Zhang, Lingli Sun, Huan Cai, Yonggang Hao, Zongliang Xu, Zhizhong Zhang, Xinfeng Liu
Elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) levels increase the risk of poor functional disability in patients with ischemic stroke (IS). This study aimed to investigate the association between CRP gene polymorphisms and 3-month functional disability of large artery atherosclerotic (LAA) stroke in Han Chinese. Patients with first-ever LAA IS were prospectively enrolled in Nanjing Stroke Registry Program between August 2013 and October 2015. Five single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (rs876537, rs2794520, rs3093059, rs7553007 and rs11265260) in CRP gene related to CRP levels in Asian by genome-wide association study were genotyped...
March 19, 2018: Neuromolecular Medicine
Eva Pampouille, Cécile Berri, Simon Boitard, Christelle Hennequet-Antier, Stéphane A Beauclercq, Estelle Godet, Christophe Praud, Yves Jégo, Elisabeth Le Bihan-Duval
BACKGROUND: White striping (WS) is an emerging muscular defect occurring on breast and thigh muscles of broiler chickens. It is characterized by the presence of white striations parallel to the muscle fibers and has significant consequences for meat quality. The etiology of WS remains poorly understood, even if previous studies demonstrated that the defect prevalence is related to broiler growth and muscle development. Moreover, recent studies showed moderate to high heritability values of WS, which emphasized the role of genetics in the expression of the muscle defect...
March 20, 2018: BMC Genomics
Ali R Keramati, Lisa R Yanek, Kruthika Iyer, Margaret A Taub, Ingo Ruczinski, Diane M Becker, Lewis C Becker, Nauder Faraday, Rasika A Mathias
Coronary artery disease (CAD) remains a major cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. The aggregation of activated platelets on a ruptured atherosclerotic plaque is a critical step in most acute cardiovascular events like myocardial infarction. Platelet aggregation both at baseline and after aspirin is highly heritable. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified a common variant within the first intron of the platelet endothelial aggregation receptor1 (PEAR1), to be robustly associated with platelet aggregation...
March 19, 2018: Platelets
Jing Dong, David M Levine, Matthew F Buas, Rui Zhang, Lynn Onstad, Rebecca C Fitzgerald, Douglas A Corley, Nicholas J Shaheen, Jesper Lagergren, Laura J Hardie, Brian J Reid, Prasad G Iyer, Harvey A Risch, Carlos Caldas, Isabel Caldas, Paul D Pharoah, Geoffrey Liu, Marilie D Gammon, Wong-Ho Chow, Leslie Bernstein, Nigel C Bird, Weimin Ye, Anna H Wu, Lesley A Anderson, Stuart MacGregor, David C Whiteman, Thomas L Vaughan, Aaron P Thrift
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified more than 20 susceptibility loci for esophageal adenocarcinoma (EA) and Barrett's esophagus (BE). However, variants in these loci account for a small fraction of cases of EA and BE. Genetic factors might interact with environmental factors to affect risk of EA and BE. We aimed to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that may modify the associations of body mass index (BMI), smoking, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), with risks of EA and BE...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
W David Hill
Intelligence and educational attainment are strongly genetically correlated. This relationship can be exploited by Multi-Trait Analysis of GWAS (MTAG) to add power to Genome-wide Association Studies (GWAS) of intelligence. MTAG allows the user to meta-analyze GWASs of different phenotypes, based on their genetic correlations, to identify association's specific to the trait of choice. An MTAG analysis using GWAS data sets on intelligence and education was conducted by Lam et al. (2017). Lam et al. (2017) reported 70 loci that they described as 'trait specific' to intelligence...
March 19, 2018: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
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