Large-scale analyses of common and rare variants identify 12 new loci associated with atrial fibrillation.

Christophersen, Ingrid E; Rienstra, Michiel; Roselli, Carolina; Yin, Xiaoyan; Geelhoed, Bastiaan; Barnard, John; Lin, Honghuang; Arking, Dan E; Smith, Albert V; Albert, Christine M; Chaffin, Mark; Tucker, Nathan R; Li, Molong; Klarin, Derek; Bihlmeyer, Nathan A; Low, Siew-Kee; Weeke, Peter E; Müller-Nurasyid, Martina; Smith, J Gustav; Brody, Jennifer A; ... (2017). Large-scale analyses of common and rare variants identify 12 new loci associated with atrial fibrillation. Nature genetics, 49(6), pp. 946-952. Nature America 10.1038/ng.3843

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Atrial fibrillation affects more than 33 million people worldwide and increases the risk of stroke, heart failure, and death. Fourteen genetic loci have been associated with atrial fibrillation in European and Asian ancestry groups. To further define the genetic basis of atrial fibrillation, we performed large-scale, trans-ancestry meta-analyses of common and rare variant association studies. The genome-wide association studies (GWAS) included 17,931 individuals with atrial fibrillation and 115,142 referents; the exome-wide association studies (ExWAS) and rare variant association studies (RVAS) involved 22,346 cases and 132,086 referents. We identified 12 new genetic loci that exceeded genome-wide significance, implicating genes involved in cardiac electrical and structural remodeling. Our results nearly double the number of known genetic loci for atrial fibrillation, provide insights into the molecular basis of atrial fibrillation, and may facilitate the identification of new potential targets for drug discovery.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Haematology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Laboratory Medicine and Hospital Pharmacy (DOLS) > Institute of Clinical Chemistry

UniBE Contributor:

Risch, Lorenz

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1061-4036

Publisher:

Nature America

Language:

English

Submitter:

Marie-Christine Müller

Date Deposited:

28 Mar 2018 16:10

Last Modified:

29 Mar 2018 06:33

Publisher DOI:

10.1038/ng.3843

PubMed ID:

28416818

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.112493

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/112493

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