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Detecting responses to treatment with fenofibrate in pedigrees

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Svetlana CherlinORCiD



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© 2018 The Author(s). Background: Fenofibrate (Fb) is a known treatment for elevated triglyceride (TG) levels. The Genetics of Lipid Lowering Drugs and Diet Network (GOLDN) study was designed to investigate potential contributors to the effects of Fb on TG levels. Here, we summarize the analyses of 8 papers whose authors had access to the GOLDN data and were grouped together because they pursued investigations into Fb treatment responses as part of GAW20. These papers report explorations of a variety of genetics, epigenetics, and study design questions. Data regarding treatment with 160 mg of micronized Fb per day for 3 weeks included pretreatment and posttreatment TG and methylation levels (ML) at approximately 450,000 epigenetic markers (cytosine-phosphate-guanine [CpG] sites). In addition, approximately 1 million single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were genotyped or imputed in each of the study participants, drawn from 188 pedigrees. Results: The analyses of a variety of subsets of the GOLDN data used a number of analytic approaches such as linear mixed models, a kernel score test, penalized regression, and artificial neural networks. Conclusions: Results indicate that (a) CpG ML are responsive to Fb; (b) CpG ML should be included in models predicting the TG level responses to Fb; (c) common and rare variants are associated with TG responses to Fb; (d) the interactions of common variants and CpG ML should be included in models predicting the TG response; and (e) sample size is a critical factor in the successful construction of predictive models representing the response to Fb.

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Author(s): Cherlin S, Wang MH, Bickeboller H, Cantor RM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: BMC Genetics

Year: 2018

Volume: 19

Issue: Suppl. 1

Online publication date: 17/09/2018

Acceptance date: 04/03/2017

Date deposited: 01/10/2018

ISSN (electronic): 1471-2156

Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.


DOI: 10.1186/s12863-018-0652-5


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102858/Z/13/ZWellcome Trust
KFO 242 BI 576/5-1
R01 GM031575