Detection of imprinting effects for hypertension based on general pedigrees utilizing all affected and unaffected individuals

Fangyuan Zhang, Shili Lin

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Abstract

Imprinting effects can lead to parent-of-origin patterns in many complex human diseases. For hypertension, previous studies revealed the possible involvement of imprinted genes. Genetic Analysis Workshop 18 real data, with hypertensive phenotype and genotype of more than 1000 individuals from 20 pedigrees, provided us an opportunity to further substantiate such findings. To test for imprinting effects, we developed a pedigree-parental-asymmetry test taking both affected and unaffected offspring into consideration (PPATu). We carried out a simulation study based on the Genetic Analysis Workshop 18 pedigrees to show that PPATu has well-controlled type I error and is indeed more powerful than the pedigree-parental-asymmetry test (PPAT), an existing method that does not utilize information from unaffected offspring. We then applied PPATu to Genetic Analysis Workshop 18 genome-wide association study data from 20 pedigrees. We identified a number of single-nucleotide polymorphisms showing significant imprinting effects that are within genomic regions that have been previously implicated to be associated with hypertension.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberS52
JournalBMC Proceedings
Volume8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 17 2014

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