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Pare G.,Population Health Research Institute | Pare G.,McMaster University | Kubo M.,RIKEN | Byrd J.B.,University of Michigan | And 8 more authors.
Pharmacogenetics and Genomics | Year: 2013

Objective: The objective of this study was to identify genetic variants associated with angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor-associated angioedema. Participants and Methods: We carried out a genome-wide association study in 175 individuals with ACE inhibitor-associated angioedema and 489 ACE inhibitor-exposed controls from Nashville (Tennessee) and Marshfield (Wisconsin). We tested for replication in 19 cases and 57 controls who participated in Ongoing Telmisartan Alone and in Combination with Ramipril Global Endpoint Trial (ONTARGET). Results: There were no genome-wide significant associations of any single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) with angioedema. Sixteen SNPs in African Americans and 41 SNPs in European Americans were associated moderately with angioedema (P<10) and evaluated for association in ONTARGET. The T allele of rs500766 in PRKCQ was associated with a reduced risk, whereas the G allele of rs2724635 in ETV6 was associated with an increased risk of ACE inhibitor-associated angioedema in the Nashville/Marshfield sample and ONTARGET. In a candidate gene analysis, rs989692 in the gene encoding neprilysin (MME), an enzyme that degrades bradykinin and substance P, was significantly associated with angioedema in ONTARGET and Nashville/Marshfield African Americans. Conclusion: Unlike other serious adverse drug effects, ACE inhibitor-associated angioedema is not associated with a variant with a large effect size. Variants in MME and genes involved in immune regulation may be associated with ACE inhibitor-associated angioedema. © 2013 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


Burrage L.C.,Case Western Reserve University | Burrage L.C.,University Hospitals Case Medical Center | Baskin-Hill A.E.,Case Western Reserve University | Sinasac D.S.,Case Western Reserve University | And 10 more authors.
Mammalian Genome | Year: 2010

Discovery of genes that confer resistance to diseases such as diet-induced obesity could have tremendous therapeutic impact. We previously demonstrated that the C57BL/6J-ChrA/J/NaJ panel of chromosome substitution strains (CSSs) is a unique model for studying resistance to diet-induced obesity. In the present study, three replicate CSS surveys showed remarkable consistency, with 13 A/J-derived chromosomes reproducibly conferring resistance to high-fat-diet-induced obesity. Twenty CSS intercrosses, one derived from each of the 19 autosomes and chromosome X, were used to determine the number and location of quantitative trait loci (QTLs) on individual chromosomes and localized six QTLs. However, analyses of mean body weight in intercross progeny versus C57BL/6J provided strong evidence that many QTLs discovered in the CSS surveys eluded detection in these CSS intercrosses. Studies of the temporal effects of these QTLs suggest that obesity resistance was dynamic, with QTLs acting at different ages or after different durations of diet exposure. Thus, these studies provide insight into the genetic architecture of complex traits such as resistance to diet-induced obesity in the C57BL/6J-ChrA/J/NaJ CSSs. Because some of the QTLs detected in the CSS intercrosses were not detected using a traditional C57BL/6J × A/J intercross, our results demonstrate that surveys of CSSs and congenic strains derived from them are useful complementary tools for analyzing complex traits. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.


Capra J.A.,Center for Human Genetics Research | Capra J.A.,Vanderbilt University | Kostka D.,University of Pittsburgh
Bioinformatics | Year: 2014

Motivation: Methylation of CpG dinucleotides is a prevalent epigenetic modification that is required for proper development in vertebrates. Genome-wide DNA methylation assays have become increasingly common, and this has enabled characterization of DNA methylation in distinct stages across differentiating cellular lineages. Changes in CpG methylation are essential to cellular differentiation; however, current methods for modeling methylation dynamics do not account for the dependency structure between precursor and dependent cell types. Results: We developed a continuous-time Markov chain approach, based on the observation that changes in methylation state over tissue differentiation can be modeled similarly to DNA nucleotide changes over evolutionary time. This model explicitly takes precursor to descendant relationships into account and enables inference of CpG methylation dynamics. To illustrate our method, we analyzed a highresolution methylation map of the differentiation of mouse stem cells into several blood cell types. Our model can successfully infer unobserved CpG methylation states from observations at the same sites in related cell types (90% correct), and this approach more accurately reconstructs missing data than imputation based on neighboring CpGs (84% correct). Additionally, the single CpG resolution of our methylation dynamics estimates enabled us to show that DNA sequence context of CpG sites is informative about methylation dynamics across tissue differentiation. Finally, we identified genomic regions with clusters of highly dynamic CpGs and present a likely functional example. Our work establishes a framework for inference and modeling that is well suited to DNA methylation data, and our success suggests that other methods for analyzing DNA nucleotide substitutions will also translate to the modeling of epigenetic phenomena. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.


Crotti L.,University of Pavia | Crotti L.,Helmholtz Center Munich | Johnson C.N.,Vanderbilt University | Graf E.,Helmholtz Center Munich | And 29 more authors.
Circulation | Year: 2013

Background-: Life-threatening disorders of heart rhythm may arise during infancy and can result in the sudden and tragic death of a child. We performed exome sequencing on 2 unrelated infants presenting with recurrent cardiac arrest to discover a genetic cause. Methods and Results-: We ascertained 2 unrelated infants (probands) with recurrent cardiac arrest and dramatically prolonged QTc interval who were both born to healthy parents. The 2 parent-child trios were investigated with the use of exome sequencing to search for de novo genetic variants. We then performed follow-up candidate gene screening on an independent cohort of 82 subjects with congenital long-QT syndrome without an identified genetic cause. Biochemical studies were performed to determine the functional consequences of mutations discovered in 2 genes encoding calmodulin. We discovered 3 heterozygous de novo mutations in either CALM1 or CALM2, 2 of the 3 human genes encoding calmodulin, in the 2 probands and in 2 additional subjects with recurrent cardiac arrest. All mutation carriers were infants who exhibited life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias combined variably with epilepsy and delayed neurodevelopment. Mutations altered residues in or adjacent to critical calcium binding loops in the calmodulin carboxyl-terminal domain. Recombinant mutant calmodulins exhibited several-fold reductions in calcium binding affinity. Conclusions-: Human calmodulin mutations disrupt calcium ion binding to the protein and are associated with a life-threatening condition in early infancy. Defects in calmodulin function will disrupt important calcium signaling events in heart, affecting membrane ion channels, a plausible molecular mechanism for potentially deadly disturbances in heart rhythm during infancy. © 2013 American Heart Association, Inc.


Desronvil T.,Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | Logan-Wyatt D.,Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | Abdrabou W.,Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | Triana M.,Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | And 8 more authors.
Molecular Vision | Year: 2010

Purpose: One approach to identify genes that contribute to common complex ocular disorders such as primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) is to study the genetic determinates of endophenotypes that are defined by underlying pre-disposing heritable quantitative traits such as central corneal thickness (CCT). Collagen VIII is a major component of Descemet's membrane and studies in mice have indicated that targeted inactivation of the genes encoding the collagen type 8 alpha1 (Col8a1) and collagen type 8 alpha2 (Col8a2) subunits (COL8A1 and COL8A2) results in thinning of the corneal stroma and of Descemet's membrane. The purpose of this study is to evaluate COL8A1 and COL8A2 as candidate genes for thin CCT in human POAG patients. Methods: 100 Caucasian POAG patients were enrolled in this study. The entire COL8A1 and COL8A2 coding sequence was determined in 8 patients with CCT<513 μm (one standard deviation (36 microns) below the mean (550 microns) and 8 patients with CCT>586 μm (one standard deviation above the mean). Selected COL8A2 exons containing variants of interest were sequenced in the full POAG cohort. Association and quantitative trait analyses were performed. Results: Three patients with CCT less than 513 μm and advanced POAG were found to have missense changes in COL8A2; two patients had a previously identified mutation, R155Q and one had a novel change, P678L (p=0.0035, Fisher's exact test). Missense changes were not found in any of the patients with CCT>513 μm and missense changes in the COL8A1 gene were not found in any patient. One common COL8A2 SNP, rs274754 was also statistically associated with CCT (p=0.018). Conclusions: In this study we have identified COL8A2 missense changes in a group of Caucasian patients with very thin CCT and advanced POAG. These results suggest that DNA sequence variants in the COL8A2 gene may be associated with thin corneas in some glaucoma patients. Further study of COL8A2 variants in other patient populations, especially those with thinner CCT such as African-Americans would provide further support for a role of COL8A2 in corneal thickness and in glaucoma. © 2010 Molecular Vision.


Fan B.J.,Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | Wang D.Y.,Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | Pasquale L.R.,Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | Haines J.L.,Center for Human Genetics Research | Wiggs J.L.,Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science | Year: 2011

PURPOSE. Genetically complex disorders, such as primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), may include highly heritable quantitative traits as part of the overall phenotype, and mapping genes influencing the related quantitative traits may effectively identify genetic risk factors predisposing to the complex disease. Recent studies have identified SNPs associated with optic nerve area and vertical cup-to-disc ratio (VCDR). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association between these SNPs and POAG in a US Caucasian case-control sample. METHODS. Five SNPs previously associated with optic disc area, or VCDR, were genotyped in 539 POAG cases and 336 controls. Genotype data were analyzed for single SNP associations and SNP interactions with VCDR and POAG. RESULTS. SNPs associated with VCDR rs1063192 (CDKN2B) and rs10483727 (SIX1/SIX6) were also associated with POAG (P = 0.0006 and P = 0.0043 for rs1063192 and rs10483727, respectively). rs1063192, associated with smaller VCDR, had a protective effect (odds ratio [OR] = 0.73; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.58-0.90), whereas rs10483727, associated with larger VCDR, increased POAG risk (OR = 1.33; 95% CI, 1.08 -1.65). POAG risk associated with increased VCDR was significantly influenced by the C allele of rs1900004 (ATOH7), associated with increased optic nerve area (P-interaction = 0.025; OR = 1.89; 95% CI, 1.22-2.94). CONCLUSIONS. Genetic variants influencing VCDR are associated with POAG in a US Caucasian population. Variants associated with optic nerve area are not independently associated with disease but can influence the effects of VCDR variants suggesting that increased optic disc area can significantly contribute to POAG risk when coupled with risk factors controlling VCDR. © 2011 The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc.


Fan B.J.,Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | Pasquale L.R.,Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | Rhee D.,Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | Li T.,U.S. National Institutes of Health | And 2 more authors.
Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science | Year: 2011

PURPOSE. LOXL1 is a major genetic risk factor for exfoliation syndrome (ES) and exfoliation glaucoma (EG). Recent evidence documenting reversal of risk alleles for the diseaseassociated missense variants R141L and G153D suggests that these variants are not causative and that they may be proxies for other unknown functional LOXL1 variants. The purpose of this study was to investigate the disease association of LOXL1 variants spanning the gene region, including the 5 ́ and 3 ́ regulatory regions, in a U.S. Caucasian case- control sample. METHODS. Twenty-five LOXL1 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), distributed throughout the gene, were genotyped in 196 Caucasian patients with ES/EG and 201 matched controls. Genotype data were analyzed for single SNP associations, SNP interactions, and haplotype associations. RESULTS. Promoter region haplotypes that included the risk alleles for rs12914489, a SNP located in the distal promoter region and independently associated with ES, and rs16958477, a SNP previously shown to affect gene transcription, were associated with increased disease risk (P = 0.0008; odds ratio [OR], 2.34; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.42-3.85) and with protective effects (P = 2.3 × 10-6; OR, 0.38; 95% CI, 0.25- 0.57). Haplotypes containing rs12914489 and rs16958477 risk and protective alleles also significantly influenced the disease risk associated with missense alleles R141L and G153D. CONCLUSIONS. LOXL1 promoter haplotypes were identified that are significantly associated with ES/EG in a U.S. Caucasian population. These results suggest that promoter region SNPs can influence LOXL1 gene expression, potentially causing a reduction of enzyme activity that may predispose to disease. © 2011 The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc.


Van Driest S.L.,Vanderbilt University | Van Driest S.L.,Monroe Hospital | McGregor T.L.,Vanderbilt University | McGregor T.L.,Monroe Hospital | McGregor T.L.,Center for Human Genetics Research
Personalized Medicine | Year: 2013

The use of genetic information to guide medication decisions holds great promise to improve therapeutic outcomes through increased efficacy and reduced adverse events. As in many areas of medicine, pediatric research and clinical implementation in pharmacogenetics lag behind corresponding adult discovery and clinical applications. In adults, genotype-guided clinical decision support for medications such as clopidogrel, warfarin and simvastatin are in use in some medical centers. However, research conducted in pediatric populations demonstrates that the models and practices developed in adults may be inaccurate in children, and some applications lack any pediatric research to guide clinical decisions. To account for additional factors introduced by developmental considerations in pediatric populations and provide pediatric patients with maximal benefit from genotype-guided therapy, the field will need to develop and employ creative solutions. In this article, we detail some concerns about research and clinical implementation of pharmacogenetics in pediatrics, and present potential mechanisms for addressing them. © 2013 Future Medicine Ltd.


PubMed | Center for Human Genetics Research
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Molecular psychiatry | Year: 2013

Tourettes syndrome (TS) is a developmental disorder that has one of the highest familial recurrence rates among neuropsychiatric diseases with complex inheritance. However, the identification of definitive TS susceptibility genes remains elusive. Here, we report the first genome-wide association study (GWAS) of TS in 1285 cases and 4964 ancestry-matched controls of European ancestry, including two European-derived population isolates, Ashkenazi Jews from North America and Israel and French Canadians from Quebec, Canada. In a primary meta-analysis of GWAS data from these European ancestry samples, no markers achieved a genome-wide threshold of significance (P<5 10(-8)); the top signal was found in rs7868992 on chromosome 9q32 within COL27A1 (P=1.85 10(-6)). A secondary analysis including an additional 211 cases and 285 controls from two closely related Latin American population isolates from the Central Valley of Costa Rica and Antioquia, Colombia also identified rs7868992 as the top signal (P=3.6 10(-7) for the combined sample of 1496 cases and 5249 controls following imputation with 1000 Genomes data). This study lays the groundwork for the eventual identification of common TS susceptibility variants in larger cohorts and helps to provide a more complete understanding of the full genetic architecture of this disorder.


PubMed | Center for Human Genetics Research
Type: | Journal: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing. Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing | Year: 2013

Calcineurin-inhibitors CI are immunosuppressive agents prescribed to patients after solid organ transplant to prevent rejection. Although these drugs have been transformative for allograft survival, long-term use is complicated by side effects including nephrotoxicity. Given the narrow therapeutic index of CI, therapeutic drug monitoring is used to prevent acute rejection from underdosing and acute toxicity from overdosing, but drug monitoring does not alleviate long-term side effects. Patients on calcineurin-inhibitors for long periods almost universally experience declines in renal function, and a subpopulation of transplant recipients ultimately develop chronic kidney disease that may progress to end stage renal disease attributable to calcineurin inhibitor toxicity (CNIT). Pharmacogenomics has the potential to identify patients who are at high risk for developing advanced chronic kidney disease caused by CNIT and providing them with existing alternate immunosuppressive therapy. In this study we utilized BioVU, Vanderbilt University Medical Centers DNA biorepository linked to de-identified electronic medical records to identify a cohort of 115 heart transplant recipients prescribed calcineurin-inhibitors to identify genetic risk factors for CNIT We identified 37 cases of nephrotoxicity in our cohort, defining nephrotoxicity as a monthly median estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR)<30 mL/min/1.73 m2 at least six months post-transplant for at least three consecutive months. All heart transplant patients were genotyped on the Illumina ADME Core Panel, a pharmacogenomic genotyping platform that assays 184 variants across 34 genes. In Cox regression analysis adjusting for age at transplant, pre-transplant chronic kidney disease, pre-transplant diabetes, and the three most significant principal components (PCAs), we did not identify any markers that met our multiple-testing threshold. As a secondary analysis we also modeled post-transplant eGFR directly with linear mixed models adjusted for age at transplant, cyclosporine use, median BMI, and the three most significant principal components. While no SNPs met our threshold for significance, a SNP previously identified in genetic studies of the dosing of tacrolimus CYP34A rs776746, replicated in an adjusted analysis at an uncorrected p-value of 0.02 (coeff(S.E.)=14.60(6.41)). While larger independent studies will be required to further validate this finding, this study underscores the EMRs usefulness as a resource for longitudinal pharmacogenetic study designs.

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