New blood pressure–associated loci identified in meta-analyses of 475 000 individuals

Kraja, A. T. et al. (2017) New blood pressure–associated loci identified in meta-analyses of 475 000 individuals. Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, 10(5), e001778. (doi: 10.1161/CIRCGENETICS.117.001778) (PMID:29030403)

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Background—Genome-wide association studies have recently identified >400 loci that harbor DNA sequence variants that influence blood pressure (BP). Our earlier studies identified and validated 56 single nucleotide variants (SNVs) associated with BP from meta-analyses of exome chip genotype data. An additional 100 variants yielded suggestive evidence of association. Methods and Results—Here, we augment the sample with 140 886 European individuals from the UK Biobank, in whom 77 of the 100 suggestive SNVs were available for association analysis with systolic BP or diastolic BP or pulse pressure. We performed 2 meta-analyses, one in individuals of European, South Asian, African, and Hispanic descent (pan-ancestry, ≈475 000), and the other in the subset of individuals of European descent (≈423 000). Twenty-one SNVs were genome-wide significant (P<5×10−8) for BP, of which 4 are new BP loci: rs9678851 (missense, SLC4A1AP), rs7437940 (AFAP1), rs13303 (missense, STAB1), and rs1055144 (7p15.2). In addition, we identified a potentially independent novel BP-associated SNV, rs3416322 (missense, SYNPO2L) at a known locus, uncorrelated with the previously reported SNVs. Two SNVs are associated with expression levels of nearby genes, and SNVs at 3 loci are associated with other traits. One SNV with a minor allele frequency <0.01, (rs3025380 at DBH) was genome-wide significant. Conclusions—We report 4 novel loci associated with BP regulation, and 1 independent variant at an established BP locus. This analysis highlights several candidate genes with variation that alter protein function or gene expression for potential follow-up.

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Padmanabhan, Professor Sandosh and Dominiczak, Professor Anna and Young, Dr Robin
Authors: Kraja, A. T., Cook, J. P., Warren, H. R., Surendran, P., Liu, C., Evangelou, E., Manning, A. K., Grarup, N., Drenos, F., Sim, X., Smith, A. V., Amin, N., Blakemore, A. I.F., Bork-Jensen, J., Brandslund, I., Farmaki, A.-E., Fava, C., Ferreira, T., Herzig, K.-H., Giri, A., Giulianini, F., Grove, M. L., Guo, X., Harris, S. E., Have, C. T., Havulinna, A. S., Zhang, H., Jørgensen, M. E., Käräjämäki, A., Kooperberg, C., Linneberg, A., Little, L., Liu, Y., Bonnycastle, L. L., Lu, Y., Mägi, R., Mahajan, A., Malerba, G., Marioni, R. E., Mei, H., Menni, C., Morrison, A. C., Padmanabhan, S., Palmas, W., Poveda, A., Rauramaa, R., Rayner, N. W., Riaz, M., Rice, K., Richard, M. A., Smith, J. A., Southam, L., Stančáková, A., Stirrups, K. E., Tragante, V., Tuomi, T., Tzoulaki, I., Varga, T. V., Weiss, S., Yiorkas, A. M., Young, R., Zhang, W., Barnes, M. R., Cabrera, C. P., Gao, H., Boehnke, M., Boerwinkle, E., Chambers, J. C., Connell, J. M., Christensen, C. K., de Boer, R. A., Deary, I. J., Dedoussis, G., Deloukas, P., Dominiczak, A. F., Dörr, M., Joehanes, R., Edwards, T. L., Esko, T., Fornage, M., Franceschini, N., Franks, P. W., Gambaro, G., Groop, L., Hallmans, G., Hansen, T., Hayward, C., Heikki, O., Ingelsson, E., Tuomilehto, J., Jarvelin, M.-R., Kardia, S. L.R., Karpe, F., Kooner, J. S., Lakka, T. A., Langenberg, C., Lind, L., Loos, R. J.F., Laakso, M., McCarthy, M. I., Melander, O., Mohlke, K. L., Morris, A. P., Palmer, C. N.A., Pedersen, O., Polasek, O., Poulter, N. R., Province, M. A., Psaty, B. M., Ridker, P. M., Rotter, J. I., Rudan, I., Salomaa, V., Samani, N. J., Sever, P. J., Skaaby, T., Stafford, J. M., Starr, J. M., van der Harst, P., van der Meer, P., van Duijn, C. M., Vergnaud, A.-C., Gudnason, V., Wareham, N. J., Wilson, J. G., Willer, C. J., Witte, D. R., Zeggini, E., Saleheen, D., Butterworth, A. S., Danesh, J., Asselbergs, F. W., Wain, L. V., Ehret, G. B., Chasman, D. I., Caulfield, M. J., Elliott, P., Lindgren, C. M., Levy, D., Newton-Cheh, C., Munroe, P. B., and Howson, J. M.M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Robertson Centre
Journal Name:Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics
Publisher:American Heart Association
ISSN (Online):1942-3268
Published Online:13 October 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 American Heart Association
First Published:First published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics 10(5):e001778
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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690421Glasgow Molecular Pathology (GMP) NodeKarin OienMedical Research Council (MRC)MR/N005813/1ICS - EXPERIMENTAL THERAPEUTICS