Sex-stratified Genome-wide Association Studies Including 270,000 Individuals Show Sexual Dimorphism in Genetic Loci for Anthropometric Traits

Randall, J. C. et al. (2013) Sex-stratified Genome-wide Association Studies Including 270,000 Individuals Show Sexual Dimorphism in Genetic Loci for Anthropometric Traits. PLoS Genetics, 9(6), e1003500. (doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1003500) (PMID:23754948) (PMCID:PMC3674993)

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Abstract

Given the anthropometric differences between men and women and previous evidence of sex-difference in genetic effects, we conducted a genome-wide search for sexually dimorphic associations with height, weight, body mass index, waist circumference, hip circumference, and waist-to-hip-ratio (133,723 individuals) and took forward 348 SNPs into follow-up (additional 137,052 individuals) in a total of 94 studies. Seven loci displayed significant sex-difference (FDR<5%), including four previously established (near GRB14/COBLL1, LYPLAL1/SLC30A10, VEGFA, ADAMTS9) and three novel anthropometric trait loci (near MAP3K1, HSD17B4, PPARG), all of which were genome-wide significant in women (P<5×10−8), but not in men. Sex-differences were apparent only for waist phenotypes, not for height, weight, BMI, or hip circumference. Moreover, we found no evidence for genetic effects with opposite directions in men versus women. The PPARG locus is of specific interest due to its role in diabetes genetics and therapy. Our results demonstrate the value of sex-specific GWAS to unravel the sexually dimorphic genetic underpinning of complex traits.

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Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Strawbridge, Dr Rona
Authors: Randall, J. C., Winkler, T. W., Kutalik, Z., Berndt, S. I., Jackson, A. U., Monda, K. L., Kilpeläinen, T. O., Esko, T., Mägi, R., Li, S., Workalemahu, T., Feitosa, M. F., Croteau-Chonka, D. C., Day, F. R., Fall, T., Ferreira, T., Gustafsson, S., Locke, A. E., Mathieson, I., Scherag, A., Vedantam, S., Wood, A. R., Liang, L., Steinthorsdottir, V., Thorleifsson, G., Dermitzakis, E. T., Dimas, A. S., Karpe, F., Min, J. L., Nicholson, G., Clegg, D. J., Person, T., Krohn, J. P., Bauer, S., Buechler, C., Eisinger, K., Bonnefond, A., Froguel, P., Hottenga, J.-J., Prokopenko, I., Waite, L. L., Harris, T. B., Smith, A. V., Shuldiner, A. R., McArdle, W. L., Caulfield, M. J., Munroe, P. B., Grönberg, H., Chen, Y.-D. I., Li, G., Beckmann, J. S., Johnson, T., Thorsteinsdottir, U., Teder-Laving, M., Khaw, K.-T., Wareham, N. J., Zhao, J. H., Amin, N., Oostra, B. A., Kraja, A. T., Province, M. A., Cupples, L. A., Heard-Costa, N. L., Kaprio, J., Ripatti, S., Surakka, I., Collins, F. S., Saramies, J., Tuomilehto, J., Jula, A., Salomaa, V., Erdmann, J., Hengstenberg, C., Loley, C., Schunkert, H., Lamina, C., Wichmann, H. E., Albrecht, E., Gieger, C., Hicks, A. A., Johansson, Å., Pramstaller, P. P., Kathiresan, S., Speliotes, E. K., Penninx, B., Hartikainen, A.-L., Jarvelin, M.-R., Gyllensten, U., Boomsma, D. I., Campbell, H., Wilson, J. F., Chanock, S. J., Farrall, M., Goel, A., Medina-Gomez, C., Rivadeneira, F., Estrada, K., Uitterlinden, A. G., Hofman, A., Zillikens, M. C., den Heijer, M., Kiemeney, L. A., Maschio, A., Hall, P., Tyrer, J., Teumer, A., Völzke, H., Kovacs, P., Tönjes, A., Mangino, M., Spector, T. D., Hayward, C., Rudan, I., Hall, A. S., Samani, N. J., Attwood, A. P., Sambrook, J. G., Hung, J., Palmer, L. J., Lokki, M.-L., Sinisalo, J., Boucher, G., Huikuri, H., Lorentzon, M., Ohlsson, C., Eklund, N., Eriksson, J. G., Barlassina, C., Rivolta, C., Nolte, I. M., Snieder, H., Van der Klauw, M. M., Van Vliet-Ostaptchouk, J. V., Gejman, P. V., Shi, J., Jacobs, K. B., Wang, Z., Bakker, S. J. L., Mateo Leach, I., Navis, G., van der Harst, P., Martin, N. G., Medland, S. E., Montgomery, G. W., Yang, J., Chasman, D. I., Ridker, P. M., Rose, L. M., Lehtimäki, T., Raitakari, O., Absher, D., Iribarren, C., Basart, H., Hovingh, K. G., Hyppönen, E., Power, C., Anderson, D., Beilby, J. P., Hui, J., Jolley, J., Sager, H., Bornstein, S. R., Schwarz, P. E. H., Kristiansson, K., Perola, M., Lindström, J., Swift, A. J., Uusitupa, M., Atalay, M., Lakka, T. A., Rauramaa, R., Bolton, J. L., Fowkes, G., Fraser, R. M., Price, J. F., Fischer, K., KrjutÅ¡kov, K., Metspalu, A., Mihailov, E., Langenberg, C., Luan, J.'a., Ong, K. K., Chines, P. S., Keinanen-Kiukaanniemi, S. M., Saaristo, T. E., Edkins, S., Franks, P. W., Hallmans, G., Shungin, D., Morris, A. D., Palmer, C. N. A., Erbel, R., Moebus, S., Nöthen, M. M., Pechlivanis, S., Hveem, K., Narisu, N., Hamsten, A., Humphries, S. E., Strawbridge, R. J., Tremoli, E., Grallert, H., Thorand, B., Illig, T., Koenig, W., Müller-Nurasyid, M., Peters, A., Boehm, B. O., Kleber, M. E., März, W., Winkelmann, B. R., Kuusisto, J., Laakso, M., Arveiler, D., Cesana, G., Kuulasmaa, K., Virtamo, J., Yarnell, J. W. G., Kuh, D., Wong, A., Lind, L., de Faire, U., Gigante, B., Magnusson, P. K. E., Pedersen, N. L., Dedoussis, G., Dimitriou, M., Kolovou, G., Kanoni, S., Stirrups, K., Bonnycastle, L. L., Njølstad, I., Wilsgaard, T., Ganna, A., Rehnberg, E., Hingorani, A., Kivimaki, M., Kumari, M., Assimes, T. L., Barroso, I., Boehnke, M., Borecki, I. B., Deloukas, P., Fox, C. S., Frayling, T., Groop, L. C., Haritunians, T., Hunter, D., Ingelsson, E., Kaplan, R., Mohlke, K. L., O'Connell, J. R., Schlessinger, D., Strachan, D. P., Stefansson, K., van Duijn, C. M., Abecasis, G. R., McCarthy, M. I., Hirschhorn, J. N., Qi, L., Loos, R. J. F., Lindgren, C. M., North, K. E., and Heid, I. M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:PLoS Genetics
Publisher:Public Library of Science
ISSN:1553-7404
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First Published:First published in PLoS Genetics 9(6):e1003500
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