A Meta-Analysis of Genome-Wide Association Studies of Growth Differentiation Factor-15 Concentration in Blood.

Jiang J, Thalamuthu A, Ho JE, Mahajan A, Ek WE, Brown DA, Breit SN, Wang TJ, Gyllensten U, Chen MH, Enroth S, Januzzi JL, Lind L, Armstrong NJ, Kwok JB, Schofield PR, Wen W, Trollor JN, Johansson Å, Morris AP, Vasan RS, Sachdev PS, Mather KA

Front Genet 9 (-) 97 [2018-03-23; online 2018-03-23]

Blood levels of growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15), also known as macrophage inhibitory cytokine-1 (MIC-1), have been associated with various pathological processes and diseases, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Prior studies suggest genetic factors play a role in regulating blood MIC-1/GDF-15 concentration. In the current study, we conducted the largest genome-wide association study (GWAS) to date using a sample of ∼5,400 community-based Caucasian participants, to determine the genetic variants associated with MIC-1/GDF-15 blood concentration. Conditional and joint (COJO), gene-based association, and gene-set enrichment analyses were also carried out to identify novel loci, genes, and pathways. Consistent with prior results, a locus on chromosome 19, which includes nine single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (top SNP, rs888663,

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PubMed 29628937

DOI 10.3389/fgene.2018.00097

Crossref 10.3389/fgene.2018.00097

pmc: PMC5876753

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