Genetics of type 2 diabetes in U.S. Hispanic/Latino individuals: Results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL)

Qibin Qi, Adrienne M. Stilp, Tamar Sofer, Jee Young Moon, Bertha Hidalgo, Adam A. Szpiro, Tao Wang, Maggie C.Y. Ng, Xiuqing Guo, Yii Der Ida Chen, Kent D. Taylor, M. Larissa Aviles-Santa, George Papanicolaou, James S. Pankow, Neil Schneiderman, Cathy C. Laurie, Jerome I. Rotter, Robert C. Kaplan

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Few genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of type 2 diabetes (T2D) have been conducted in U.S. Hispanics/Latinos of diverse backgrounds who are disproportionately affected by diabetes. We conducted a GWAS in 2,499 T2D case subjects and 5,247 control subjects from six Hispanic/Latino background groups in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). Our GWAS identified two known loci (TCF7L2 and KCNQ1) reaching genome-wide significance levels. Conditional analysis on known index single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) indicated an additional independent signal at KCNQ1, represented by an African ancestry-specific variant, rs1049549 (odds ratio 1.49 [95% CI 1.27-1.75]). This association was consistent across Hispanic/Latino background groups and replicated in the MEta-analysis of type 2 DIabetes in African Americans (MEDIA) Consortium. Among 80 previously known index SNPs at T2D loci, 66 SNPs showed consistency with the reported direction of associations and 14 SNPs significantly generalized to the HCHS/SOL. A genetic risk score based on these 80 index SNPs was significantly associated with T2D (odds ratio 1.07 [1.06-1.09] per risk allele), with a stronger effect observed in nonobese than in obese individuals. Our study identified a novel independent signal suggesting an African ancestry-specific allele at KCNQ1 for T2D. Associations between previously identified loci and T2D were generally shown in a large cohort of U.S. Hispanics/Latinos.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1419-1425
Number of pages7
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2017

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Funding Information:
The baseline examination of HCHS/SOL was carried out as a collaborative study supported by contracts from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to the University of North Carolina (N01-HC65233), University of Miami (N01-HC65234), Albert Einstein College of Medicine (N01-HC65235), Northwestern University (N01-HC65236), and San Diego State University (N01-HC65237). The following institutes/centers/offices contributed to the first phase of HCHS/SOL through a transfer of funds to the NHLBI: the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements. The Genetic Analysis Center at the University of Washington was supported by NHLBI and National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research contracts (HHSN268201300005C AM03 and MOD03, respectively). Genotyping efforts were supported by NHLBI grant HSN 26220/20054C, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Clinical and Translational Science Institute grant UL1TR000123, and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Diabetes Research Center grant DK063491. Q.Q. is supported by an NHLBI Scientist Development Award (K01HL129892). This manuscript has been reviewed by the HCHS/SOL Publications Committee for scientific content and consistency of data interpretation with previous HCHS/SOL publications. The work for the MEDIA Consortium is partly supported by NIH grant R01 DK066358.

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