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Veroniqa Lundbäck, Agne Kulyte, Rona J Strawbridge, Mikael Ryden, Peter Arner, Claude Marcus, Ingrid Dahlman
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: By genome-wide association meta-analysis, 17 genetic loci associated with fasting serum insulin (FSI), a marker of systemic insulin resistance, have been identified. To define potential culprit genes in these loci, in a cross-sectional study we analysed white adipose tissue (WAT) expression of 120 genes in these loci in relation to systemic and adipose tissue variables, and functionally evaluated genes demonstrating genotype-specific expression in WAT (eQTLs). METHODS: Abdominal subcutaneous adipose tissue biopsies were obtained from 114 women...
February 27, 2018: Diabetologia
Brandon L Pierce, Lin Tong, Maria Argos, Kathryn Demanelis, Farzana Jasmine, Muhammad Rakibuz-Zaman, Golam Sarwar, Md Tariqul Islam, Hasan Shahriar, Tariqul Islam, Mahfuzar Rahman, Md Yunus, Muhammad G Kibriya, Lin S Chen, Habibul Ahsan
Inherited genetic variation affects local gene expression and DNA methylation in humans. Most expression quantitative trait loci (cis-eQTLs) occur at the same genomic location as a methylation QTL (cis-meQTL), suggesting a common causal variant and shared mechanism. Using DNA and RNA from peripheral blood of Bangladeshi individuals, here we use co-localization methods to identify eQTL-meQTL pairs likely to share a causal variant. We use partial correlation and mediation analyses to identify >400 of these pairs showing evidence of a causal relationship between expression and methylation (i...
February 23, 2018: Nature Communications
Markus Drag, Mathias B Hansen, Haja N Kadarmideen
Boar taint is an offensive odour and/or taste from a proportion of non-castrated male pigs caused by skatole and androstenone accumulation during sexual maturity. Castration is widely used to avoid boar taint but is currently under debate because of animal welfare concerns. This study aimed to identify expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs) with potential effects on boar taint compounds to improve breeding possibilities for reduced boar taint. Danish Landrace male boars with low, medium and high genetic merit for skatole and human nose score (HNS) were slaughtered at ~100 kg...
2018: PloS One
John Stephen Malamon, Andres Kriete
Late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD) and age are significantly correlated such that one-third of Americans beyond 85 years of age are afflicted. We have designed and implemented a pilot study that combines systems biology approaches with traditional next-generation sequencing (NGS) analysis techniques to identify relevant regulatory pathways, infer functional relationships and confirm the dysregulation of these biological pathways in LOAD. Our study design is a most comprehensive systems approach combining co-expression network modeling derived from RNA-seq data, rigorous quality control (QC) standards, functional ontology, and expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) derived from whole exome (WES) single nucleotide variant (SNV) genotype data...
February 9, 2018: Biology
Navot Galpaz, Itay Gonda, Doron Shem-Tov, Omer Barad, Galil Tzuri, Shery Lev, Zhangjun Fei, Yimin Xu, Nadia Lombardi, Linyong Mao, Chen Jiao, Rotem Harel-Beja, Adi Doron-Faigenboim, Oren Tzfadia, Einat Bar, Ayala Meir, Uzi Sa'ar, Aaron Fait, Eran Halperin, Merav Kenigswald, Elazar Fallik, Guy Kol, Gil Ronen, Yosef Burger, Amit Gur, Ya'akov Tadmor, Vitaly Portnoy, Arthur A Schaffer, Efraim Lewinsohn, James J Giovannoni, Nurit Katzir
Combined quantitative trait loci (QTL) and expression-QTL (eQTL) mapping analysis was performed to identify genetic factors affecting melon (Cucumis melo) fruit quality, by linking genotypic, metabolic and transcriptomic data from a melon recombinant inbred line (RIL) population. RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) of fruit from 96 RILs yielded a highly saturated collection of >58,000 single-nucleotide polymorphisms, identifying 6,636 recombination events that separated the genome into 3,663 genomic bins. Bin-based QTL analysis of 79 RILs and 129 fruit-quality traits affecting taste, aroma and color resulted in the mapping of 241 QTL...
January 31, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
Patricia N Moretti, Vanessa K Ota, Eduardo S Gouvea, Mariana Pedrini, Marcos L Santoro, Fernanda Talarico, Leticia M Spindola, Carolina Muniz Carvalho, Cristiano Noto, Gabriela Xavier, Elisa Brietzke, Ary Gadelha, Rodrigo Bressan, Jair Mari, Sintia Belangero
Schizophrenia (SCZ) is a mental disorder arising from a complex interaction of genetic and environmental factors. It has been suggested that treatment-resistant schizophrenia (TRS) is a distinct, more severe, and homogenous subgroup of schizophrenia that could present specific biological markers. Our aim was to characterize expression of target genes in blood of TRS patients compared with non-TRS (NTRS) patients and healthy controls (HC). TRS has been defined using failure to respond to two previous antipsychotic trials...
January 26, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Aida Moreno-Moral, Marta Bagnati, Surya Koturan, Jeong-Hun Ko, Carmen Fonseca, Nathan Harmston, Laurence Game, Javier Martin, Voon Ong, David J Abraham, Christopher P Denton, Jacques Behmoaras, Enrico Petretto
OBJECTIVES: Several common and rare risk variants have been reported for systemic sclerosis (SSc), but the effector cell(s) mediating the function of these genetic variants remains to be elucidated. While innate immune cells have been proposed as the critical targets to interfere with the disease process underlying SSc, no studies have comprehensively established their effector role. Here we investigated the contribution of monocyte-derived macrophages (MDMs) in mediating genetic susceptibility to SSc...
January 17, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Jarrett D Morrow, Michael H Cho, John Platig, Xiaobo Zhou, Dawn L DeMeo, Weiliang Qiu, Bartholome Celli, Nathaniel Marchetti, Gerard J Criner, Raphael Bueno, George R Washko, Kimberly Glass, John Quackenbush, Edwin K Silverman, Craig P Hersh
BACKGROUND: Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) significantly associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, many genetic variants show suggestive evidence for association but do not meet the strict threshold for genome-wide significance. Integrative analysis of multiple omics datasets has the potential to identify novel genes involved in disease pathogenesis by leveraging these variants in a functional, regulatory context...
January 15, 2018: Human Genomics
Tojo James, Magdalena Lindén, Hiromasa Morikawa, Sunjay Jude Fernandes, Sabrina Ruhrmann, Mikael Huss, Maya Brandi, Fredrik Piehl, Maja Jagodic, Jesper Tegnér, Mohsen Khademi, Tomas Olsson, David Gomez-Cabrero, Ingrid Kockum
Despite advancements in genetic studies, it is difficult to understand and characterize the functional relevance of disease-associated genetic variants, especially in the context of a complex multifactorial disease such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Since a large proportion of expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs) are context-specific, we performed RNA-Seq in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from MS patients (n = 145) to identify eQTLs in regions centered on 109 MS risk SNPs and seven associated HLA variants...
January 8, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Lei Zhang, Wenqing Su, Rong Tao, Weiyi Zhang, Jiongjiong Chen, Peiyao Wu, Chenghuan Yan, Yue Jia, Robert M Larkin, Dean Lavelle, Maria-Jose Truco, Sebastian Reyes Chin-Wo, Richard W Michelmore, Hanhui Kuang
Different horticultural types of lettuce exhibit tremendous morphological variation. However, the molecular basis for domestication and divergence among the different horticultural types of lettuce remains unknown. Here, we report the RNA sequencing of 240 lettuce accessions sampled from the major horticultural types and wild relatives, generating 1.1 million single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). Demographic modeling indicates that there was a single domestication event for lettuce. We identify a list of regions as putative selective sweeps that occurred during domestication and divergence, respectively...
December 22, 2017: Nature Communications
Thomas J Lopdell, Kathryn Tiplady, Maksim Struchalin, Thomas J J Johnson, Michael Keehan, Ric Sherlock, Christine Couldrey, Stephen R Davis, Russell G Snell, Richard J Spelman, Mathew D Littlejohn
BACKGROUND: Lactose provides an easily-digested energy source for neonates, and is the primary carbohydrate in milk in most species. Bovine lactose is also a key component of many human food products. However, compared to analyses of other milk components, the genetic control of lactose has been little studied. Here we present the first GWAS focussed on analysis of milk lactose traits. RESULTS: Using a discovery population of 12,000 taurine dairy cattle, we detail 27 QTL for lactose concentration and yield, and subsequently validate the effects of 26 of these loci in a distinct population of 18,000 cows...
December 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
T Maroilley, G Lemonnier, J Lecardonnel, D Esquerré, Y Ramayo-Caldas, M J Mercat, C Rogel-Gaillard, J Estellé
BACKGROUND: Efforts to improve sustainability in livestock production systems have focused on two objectives: investigating the genetic control of immune function as it pertains to robustness and disease resistance, and finding predictive markers for use in breeding programs. In this context, the peripheral blood transcriptome represents an important source of biological information about an individual's health and immunological status, and has been proposed for use as an intermediate phenotype to measure immune capacity...
December 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
Ana Viñuela, Andrew A Brown, Alfonso Buil, Pei-Chien Tsai, Matthew N Davies, Jordana T Bell, Emmanouil T Dermitzakis, Timothy D Spector, Kerrin S Small
Changes in the mean and variance of gene expression with age have consequences for healthy aging and disease development. Age-dependent changes in phenotypic variance have been associated with a decline in regulatory functions leading to increase in disease risk. Here, we investigate age-related mean and variance changes in gene expression measured by RNA-seq of fat, skin, whole blood and derived lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs) expression from 855 adult female twins. We see evidence of up to 60% of age effects on transcription levels shared across tissues, and 47% of those on splicing...
February 15, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Hyun Min Kang, Meena Subramaniam, Sasha Targ, Michelle Nguyen, Lenka Maliskova, Elizabeth McCarthy, Eunice Wan, Simon Wong, Lauren Byrnes, Cristina M Lanata, Rachel E Gate, Sara Mostafavi, Alexander Marson, Noah Zaitlen, Lindsey A Criswell, Chun Jimmie Ye
Droplet single-cell RNA-sequencing (dscRNA-seq) has enabled rapid, massively parallel profiling of transcriptomes. However, assessing differential expression across multiple individuals has been hampered by inefficient sample processing and technical batch effects. Here we describe a computational tool, demuxlet, that harnesses natural genetic variation to determine the sample identity of each droplet containing a single cell (singlet) and detect droplets containing two cells (doublets). These capabilities enable multiplexed dscRNA-seq experiments in which cells from unrelated individuals are pooled and captured at higher throughput than in standard workflows...
January 2018: Nature Biotechnology
Nishanthi Thalayasingam, Nisha Nair, Andrew J Skelton, Jonathan Massey, Amy E Anderson, Alexander D Clark, Julie Diboll, Dennis W Lendrem, Louise N Reynard, Heather J Cordell, Stephen Eyre, John D Isaacs, Anne Barton, Arthur G Pratt
OBJECTIVE: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a genetically complex disease of immune dysregulation. This study sought to gain further insight into the genetic risk mechanisms of RA by conducting an expression quantitative trait locus (eQTL) analysis of confirmed genetic risk loci in CD4+ T cells and B cells from carefully phenotyped patients with early arthritis who were naive to therapeutic immunomodulation. METHODS: RNA and DNA were isolated from purified B and/or CD4+ T cells obtained from the peripheral blood of 344 patients with early arthritis...
March 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Zong Miao, Marcus Alvarez, Päivi Pajukanta, Arthur Ko
Motivation: Mapping bias causes preferential alignment to the reference allele, forming a major obstacle in allele-specific expression (ASE) analysis. The existing methods, such as simulation and SNP-aware alignment, are either inaccurate or relatively slow. To fast and accurately count allelic reads for ASE analysis, we developed a novel approach, ASElux, which utilizes the personal SNP information and counts allelic reads directly from unmapped RNA-sequence (RNA-seq) data. ASElux significantly reduces runtime by disregarding reads outside single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) during the alignment...
November 23, 2017: Bioinformatics
Ryosuke Kita, Sandeep Venkataram, Yiqi Zhou, Hunter B Fraser
Genetic variants affecting gene-expression levels are a major source of phenotypic variation. The approximate locations of these variants can be mapped as expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs); however, a major limitation of eQTLs is their low resolution, which precludes investigation of the causal variants and their molecular mechanisms. Here we report RNA-seq and full genome sequences for 85 diverse isolates of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae -including wild, domesticated, and human clinical strains-which allowed us to perform eQTL mapping with 50-fold higher resolution than previously possible...
December 12, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Nicholas B Larson, Shannon K McDonnell, Zach Fogarty, Melissa C Larson, John Cheville, Shaun Riska, Saurabh Baheti, Alexandra M Weber, Asha A Nair, Liang Wang, Daniel O'Brien, Jaime Davila, Daniel J Schaid, Stephen N Thibodeau
Large-scale genome-wide association studies have identified multiple single-nucleotide polymorphisms associated with risk of prostate cancer. Many of these genetic variants are presumed to be regulatory in nature; however, follow-up expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) association studies have to-date been restricted largely to cis -acting associations due to study limitations. While trans -eQTL scans suffer from high testing dimensionality, recent evidence indicates most trans -eQTL associations are mediated by cis -regulated genes, such as transcription factors...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
Domenica Marchese, Teresa Botta-Orfila, Davide Cirillo, Juan Antonio Rodriguez, Carmen Maria Livi, Rubén Fernández-Santiago, Mario Ezquerra, Maria J Martí, Elias Bechara, Gian Gaetano Tartaglia
Recent evidence indicates a link between Parkinson's Disease (PD) and the expression of a-synuclein (SNCA) isoforms with different 3' untranslated regions (3'UTRs). Yet, the post-transcriptional mechanisms regulating SNCA expression are unknown. Using a large-scale in vitro /in silico screening we identified RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) that interact with SNCA 3' UTRs. We identified two RBPs, ELAVL1 and TIAR, that bind with high affinity to the most abundant and translationally active 3' UTR isoform (575 nt)...
December 15, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
Herbert Schulz, Ann-Kathrin Ruppert, Stefan Herms, Christiane Wolf, Nazanin Mirza-Schreiber, Oliver Stegle, Darina Czamara, Andreas J Forstner, Sugirthan Sivalingam, Susanne Schoch, Susanne Moebus, Benno Pütz, Axel Hillmer, Nadine Fricker, Hartmut Vatter, Bertram Müller-Myhsok, Markus M Nöthen, Albert J Becker, Per Hoffmann, Thomas Sander, Sven Cichon
Emerging evidence emphasizes the strong impact of regulatory genomic elements in neurodevelopmental processes and the complex pathways of brain disorders. The present genome-wide quantitative trait loci analyses explore the cis-regulatory effects of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) on DNA methylation (meQTL) and gene expression (eQTL) in 110 human hippocampal biopsies. We identify cis-meQTLs at 14,118 CpG methylation sites and cis-eQTLs for 302 3'-mRNA transcripts of 288 genes. Hippocampal cis-meQTL-CpGs are enriched in flanking regions of active promoters, CpG island shores, binding sites of the transcription factor CTCF and brain eQTLs...
November 15, 2017: Nature Communications
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