Transferability and fine mapping of type 2 diabetes loci in african americans

Maggie C Y Ng, Richa Saxena, Jiang Li, Nicholette D. Palmer, Latchezar Dimitrov, Jianzhao Xu, Laura J. Rasmussen-Torvik, Joseph M. Zmuda, David S. Siscovick, Sanjay R. Patel, Errol D. Crook, Mario Sims, Yii Der I Chen, Alain G. Bertoni, Mingyao Li, Struan F A Grant, Josée Dupuis, James B. Meigs, Bruce M. Psaty, James S. PankowCarl D. Langefeld, Barry I. Freedman, Jerome I. Rotter, James G. Wilson, Donald W. Bowden

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Type 2 diabetes (T2D) disproportionally affects African Americans (AfA) but, to date, genetic variants identified from genomewide association studies (GWAS) are primarily from European and Asian populations. We examined the single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and locus transferability of 40 reported T2D loci in six AfA GWAS consisting of 2,806 T2D case subjects with or without end-stage renal disease and 4,265 control subjects from the Candidate Gene Association Resource Plus Study. Our results revealed that seven index SNPs at the TCF7L2, KLF14, KCNQ1, ADCY5, CDKAL1, JAZF1, and GCKR loci were significantly associated with T2D (P < 0.05). The strongest association was observed at TCF7L2 rs7903146 (odds ratio [OR] 1.30; P = 6.86 3 1028). Locus-wide analysis demonstrated significant associations (PemP < 0.05) at regional best SNPs in the TCF7L2, KLF14, and HMGA2 loci as well as suggestive signals in KCNQ1 after correction for the effective number of SNPs at each locus. Of these loci, the regional best SNPs were in differential linkage disequilibrium (LD) with the index and adjacent SNPs. Our findings suggest that some loci discovered in prior reports affect T2D susceptibility in AfA with similar effect sizes. The reduced and differential LD pattern in AfA compared with European and Asian populations may facilitate fine mapping of causal variants at loci shared across populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)965-976
Number of pages12
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2013


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