An extreme phenotype sampling (EPS) model with targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) identified genetic variants associated with tacrolimus (Tac) metabolism in subjects from the Deterioration of Kidney Allograft Function (DeKAF) Genomics cohort which included 1,442 European Americans (EA) and 345 African Americans (AA). This study included 48 subjects separated into 4 groups of 12 (AA high, AA low, EA high, EA low). Groups were selected by the extreme phenotype of dose-normalized Tac trough concentrations after adjusting for common genetic variants and clinical factors. NGS spanned > 3 Mb of 28 genes and identified 18,661 genetic variants (3961 previously unknown). A group of 125 deleterious variants, by SIFT analysis, were associated with Tac troughs in EAs (burden test, p = 0.008), CYB5R2 was associated with Tac troughs in AAs (SKAT, p = 0.00079). In CYB5R2, rs61733057 (increased allele frequency in AAs) was predicted to disrupt protein function by SIFT and PolyPhen2 analysis. The variants merit further validation.
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Acknowledgements The authors wish to thank the research subjects for their participation in this study. We acknowledge the dedication and hard work of our coordinators at each of the DeKAF Genomics clinical sites: University of Alberta, Nicoleta Bobocea, Tina Wong, Adrian Geambasu and Alyssa Sader; University of Manitoba, Myrna Ross and Kathy Peters; University of Minnesota, Mandi DeGrote, Monica Meyers, Danielle Berglund and Ashley Roman; Hennepin County Medical Center, Lisa Berndt; Mayo Clinic, Tom DeLeeuw; University of Iowa, Wendy Wallace and Tammy Lowe; University of Alabama, Jacquelin Vaughn, Valencia Stephens and Tena Hilario. We also acknowledge the dedicated work of our research scientist Marcia Brott. This study was supported in part by NIH/NIAID grants 5U19-AI070119 and 5U01-AI058013 and by NIH/NIAID grant K01AI130409 to Casey Dorr.
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