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Research Project: Food Factors to Prevent Obesity and Related Diseases

Location: Dietary Prevention of Obesity-related Disease Research

Title: Gene-centric meta-analyses for central adiposity traits in up to 57 412 individuals of European descent confirm known loci and reveal several novel associations

Author
item Yoneyama, Sachiko - University Of North Carolina
item Yiran, Guo - Children'S Hospital - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
item Lanktree, Matthew - McMaster University
item Barnes, Michael - University Of London
item Raatz, Susan

Submitted to: Human Molecular Genetics
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/9/2013
Publication Date: 12/17/2013
Citation: Yoneyama, S., Yiran, G., Lanktree, M.B., Barnes, M., Raatz, S.K. 2013. Gene-centric meta-analyses for central adiposity traits in up to 57 412 individuals of European descent confirm known loci and reveal several novel associations. Human Molecular Genetics. 23(9):2498-2510.

Interpretive Summary: The association between genetic typing and body mass index (BMI)-adjusted waist circumference (WC) and waist to hip ratio (WHR ) and unadjusted WC in 57 412 individuals of European descent from 22 cohorts. Functional analysis using ENCODE and eQTL databases revealed that several of the genetic loci are Associated with sex related differences in central fat.

Technical Abstract: Waist circumference (WC) and waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) are surrogate measures of central adiposity that are associated with adverse cardiovascular events, type 2 diabetes and cancer independent of body mass index (BMI). WC and WHR are highly heritable with multiple susceptibility loci identified to date. We assessed the association between SNPs and BMI-adjusted WC and WHR and unadjusted WC in up to 57 412 individuals of European descent from 22 cohorts collaborating with the NHLBI’s Candidate Gene Association Resource (CARe) project. The study population consisted of women and men aged 20–80 years. Study participants were genotyped using the ITMAT/Broad/CARE array, which includes ~50,000 cosmopolitan tagged SNPs across~2100 cardiovascular-related genes. Each trait was modeled as a function of age, study site and principal components to control for population stratification, and we conducted a fixed-effects meta-analysis. No new loci for WC were observed. For WHR analyses, three novel loci were significantly associated (P < 2.4 3 1026). Previously unreported rs2811337-G near TMCC1 was associated with increased WHR (b+SE, 0.048+0.008, P 5 7.7 3 1029) as was rs7302703-G in HOXC10 (b 5 0.044+0.008, P 5 2.9 3 1027) and s936108-C in PEMT (b 5 0.035+0.007, P 5 1.9 3 1026). Sex-stratified analyses revealed two additional novel signals among females only, rs12076073-A in SHC1 (b 5 0.10+0.02, P 5 1.9 3 1026) and rs1037575-A in ATBDB4 (b 50.046+0.01,P 5 2.2 3 1026), supporting an already established sexual dimorphism of central adiposity-related genetic variants. Functional analysis using ENCODE and eQTL databases revealed that several of these loci are in regulatory regions or regions with differential expression in adipose tissue.