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A rare variant in APOC3 is associated with plasma triglyceride and VLDL levels in Europeans

Lookup NU author(s): Dr So-Youn Shin, Emeritus Professor Paul BurtonORCiD, Dr Muhammad Ayub, Dr Mattia Calissano, Professor Jeremy Parr



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The analysis of rich catalogues of genetic variation from population-based sequencing provides an opportunity to screen for functional effects. Here we report a rare variant in APOC3 (rs138326449-A, minor allele frequency ∼0.25% (UK)) associated with plasma triglyceride (TG) levels (-1.43 s.d. (s.e.=0.27 per minor allele (P-value=8.0 × 10 -8)) discovered in 3,202 individuals with low read-depth, whole-genome sequence. We replicate this in 12,831 participants from five additional samples of Northern and Southern European origin (-1.0 s.d. (s.e.=0.173), P-value=7.32 × 10 -9). This is consistent with an effect between 0.5 and 1.5 mmol l -1 dependent on population. We show that a single predicted splice donor variant is responsible for association signals and is independent of known common variants. Analyses suggest an independent relationship between rs138326449 and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels. This represents one of the first examples of a rare, large effect variant identified from whole-genome sequencing at a population scale.

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Author(s): Timpson NJ, Walter K, Min JL, Tachmazidou I, Malerba G, Shin S-Y, Chen L, Futema M, Southam L, Iotchkova V, Cocca M, Huang J, Memari Y, McCarthy S, Danecek P, Muddyman D, Mangino M, Menni C, Perry JRB, Ring SM, Gaye A, Dedoussis G, Farmaki A-E, Burton P, Talmud PJ, Gambaro G, Spector TD, Smith GD, Durbin R, Richards JB, Humphries SE, Zeggini E, Soranzo N, Turki SA, Anderson C, Anney R, Antony D, Artigas MS, Ayub M, Balasubramaniam S, Barrett JC, Barroso I, Beales P, Bentham J, Bhattacharya S, Birney E, Blackwood D, Bobrow M, Bochukova E, Bolton P, Bounds R, Boustred C, Breen G, Calissano M, Carss K, Chatterjee K, Ciampi A, Cirak S, Clapham P, Clement G, Coates G, Collier D, Cosgrove C, Cox T, Craddock N, Crooks L, Curran S, Curtis D, Daly A, Day-Williams A, Day INM, Down T, Du Y, Dunham I, Edkins S, Ellis P, Evans D, Faroogi S, Fatemifar G, Fitzpatrick DR, Flicek P, Flyod J, Foley AR, Franklin CS, Gallagher L, Gaunt T, Geihs M, Geschwind D, Greenwood C, Griffin H, Grozeva D, Guo X, Guo X, Gurling H, Hart D, Hendricks A, Holmans P, Howie B, Huang L, Hubbard T, Hurles ME, Hysi P, Jackson DK, Jamshidi Y, Jing T, Joyce C, Kaye J, Keane T, Keogh J, Kemp J, Kennedy K, Kolb-Kokocinski A, Lachance G, Langford C, Lawson D, Lee I, Lek M, Liang J, Lin H, Li R, Li Y, Liu R, Lonnqvist J, Lopes M, Lotchkova V, MacArthur D, Marchini J, Maslen J, Massimo M, Mathieson I, Marenne G, McGuffin P, McIntosh A, McKechanie AG, McQuillin A, Metrustry S, Mitchison H, Moayyeri A, Morris J, Muntoni F, Northstone K, O'Donnovan M, Onoufriadis A, O'Rahilly S, Oualkacha K, Owen MJ, Palotie A, Panoutsopoulou K, Parker V, Parr JR, Paternoster L, Paunio T, Payne F, Pietilainen O, Plagnol V, Quaye L, Quail MA, Raymond L, Rehnstrom K, Richards B, Ritchie GRS, Roberts N, Savage DB, Scambler P, Schiffels S, Schmidts M, Schoenmakers N, Semple RK, Serra E, Sharp SI, Shihab H, Skuse D, Small K, Spasic-Boskovic O, Clair DS, Stalker J, Stevens E, Pourcian BS, Sun J, Surdulescu G, Suvisaari J, Tachmazidou I, Tobin MD, Valdes A, Van Kogelenberg M, Vijayarangakannan P, Visscher PM, Wain LV, Walters JTR, Wang G, Wang J, Wang Y, Ward K, Wheeler E, Whyte T, Williams H, Williamson KA, Wilson C, Wilson SG, Wong K, Xu C, Yang J, Zhang F, Zhang P, Zheng H-F

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nature Communications

Year: 2014

Volume: 5

Online publication date: 16/09/2014

Acceptance date: 30/07/2014

Date deposited: 08/11/2017

ISSN (electronic): 2041-1723

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5871

PubMed id: 25225788


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