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Twin Res Hum Genet ; : 1-14, 2019 Oct 31.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31666148

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The Netherlands Twin Register (NTR) is a national register in which twins, multiples and their parents, siblings, spouses and other family members participate. Here we describe the NTR resources that were created from more than 30 years of data collections; the development and maintenance of the newly developed database systems, and the possibilities these resources create for future research. Since the early 1980s, the NTR has enrolled around 120,000 twins and a roughly equal number of their relatives. The majority of twin families have participated in survey studies, and subsamples took part in biomaterial collection (e.g., DNA) and dedicated projects, for example, for neuropsychological, biomarker and behavioral traits. The recruitment into the NTR is all inclusive without any restrictions on enrollment. These resources - the longitudinal phenotyping, the extended pedigree structures and the multigeneration genotyping - allow for future twin-family research that will contribute to gene discovery, causality modeling, and studies of genetic and cultural inheritance.

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BMC Microbiol ; 19(1): 230, 2019 Oct 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31640566

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BACKGROUND: The gut microbiota composition is known to be influenced by a myriad of factors including the host genetic profile and a number of environmental influences. Here, we focus on the environmental influence of cohabitation on the gut microbiota as well as whether these environmentally influenced microorganisms are associated with cardiometabolic and inflammatory burden. We perform this by investigating the gut microbiota composition of various groups of related individuals including cohabitating monozygotic (MZ) twin pairs, non-cohabitating MZ twin pairs and spouse pairs. RESULTS: A stronger correlation between alpha diversity was found in cohabitating MZ twins (45 pairs, r = 0.64, p = 2.21 × 10- 06) than in non-cohabitating MZ twin pairs (121 pairs, r = 0.42, p = 1.35 × 10- 06). Although the correlation of alpha diversity did not attain significance between spouse pairs (42 pairs, r = 0.23, p = 0.15), the correlation was still higher than those in the 209 unrelated pairs (r = - 0.015, p = 0.832). Bray-Curtis (BC) dissimilarity metrics showed cohabitating MZ twin pairs had the most similar gut microbiota communities which were more similar than the BC values of non-cohabitating MZ twins (empirical p-value = 0.0103), cohabitating spouses (empirical p-value = 0.0194), and pairs of unrelated non-cohabitating individuals (empirical p-value< 0.00001). There was also a significant difference between the BC measures from the spouse pairs and those from the unrelated non-cohabitating individuals (empirical p-value< 0.00001). Intraclass correlation coefficients were calculated between the various groups of interest and the results indicate the presence of OTUs with an environmental influence and one OTU that appeared to demonstrate genetic influences. One of the OTUs (Otu0190) was observed to have a significant association with both the cardiometabolic and inflammatory burden scores (p's < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Through the comparison of the microbiota contents of MZ twins with varying cohabitation status and spousal pairs, we showed evidence of environmentally influenced OTUs, one of which had a significant association with cardiometabolic and inflammatory burden scores.

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Twin Res Hum Genet ; : 1-5, 2019 Oct 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31608846

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The aim of the Avera Twin Register (ATR) is to establish a prospective longitudinal repository of twins, multiples, siblings and family members' biological samples to study environmental and genetic influences on health and disease. Also, it is our intention to contribute to international genome-wide association study (GWAS) twin consortia when appropriate sample size is achieved within the ATR. The ATR is young compared with existing registers and continues to collect a longitudinal repository of biological specimens, survey data and health information. Data and biological specimens were originally collected via face-to-face appointments or the postal department and consisted of paper-informed consents and questionnaires. Enrollment of the ATR began on May 18, 2016 and is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a rural and frontier area in the Central United States with a regional population of approximately 880,000. The original target area for the ATR was South Dakota and the four surrounding states: Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and Nebraska. The ATR has found a need to expand that area based on twin and multiple siblings who live in various areas surrounding these states. A description of the state of the ATR today and its transition to online data collection and informed consent will be presented. The ATR collects longitudinal data on lifestyle, including diet and activity levels, aging, plus complex traits and diseases. All twins and multiples participating in the ATR are genotyped on the Illumina Global Screening Array and receive zygosity results.

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Twin Res Hum Genet ; 22(4): 210-219, 2019 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31379313

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Twin registries often take part in large collaborative projects and are major contributors to genome-wide association (GWA) meta-analysis studies. In this article, we describe genotyping of twin-family populations from Australia, the Midwestern USA (Avera Twin Register), the Netherlands (Netherlands Twin Register), as well as a sample of mothers of twins from Nigeria to assess the extent, if any, of genetic differences between them. Genotyping in all cohorts was done using a custom-designed Illumina Global Screening Array (GSA), optimized to improve imputation quality for population-specific GWA studies. We investigated the degree of genetic similarity between the populations using several measures of population variation with genotype data generated from the GSA. Visualization of principal component analysis (PCA) revealed that the Australian, Dutch and Midwestern American populations exhibit negligible interpopulation stratification when compared to each other, to a reference European population and to globally distant populations. Estimations of fixation indices (FST values) between the Australian, Midwestern American and Netherlands populations suggest minimal genetic differentiation compared to the estimates between each population and a genetically distinct cohort (i.e., samples from Nigeria genotyped on GSA). Thus, results from this study demonstrate that genotype data from the Australian, Dutch and Midwestern American twin-family populations can be reasonably combined for joint-genetic analysis.

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Blood ; 2019 Jul 26.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31350265

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Children with Down syndrome (DS) have a 20-fold increased risk of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and demonstrate distinct somatic features, including CRLF2 rearrangement in approximately 50% of cases; however, the role of inherited genetic variation in ALL susceptibility among children with DS is unknown. Here, we report the first genome-wide association study of DS-ALL, comprising a meta-analysis of four independent studies, with 542 DS-ALL cases and 1,192 DS controls. We identified four susceptibility loci at genome-wide statistical significance: single nucleotide polymorphisms rs58923657 near IKZF1 (odds ratio [OR]=2.02, Pmeta =5.32x10-15), rs3731249 in CDKN2A (OR=3.63, Pmeta =3.91x10-10), rs7090445 in ARID5B (OR=1.60, Pmeta =8.44x10-9), and rs3781093 in GATA3 (OR=1.73, Pmeta =2.89x10-8). We performed DS-ALL versus non-DS ALL case-case analyses, comparing possible associations at these and three other established ALL susceptibility loci (BMI1, PIP4K2A, CEBPE) and found significant association with DS status for CDKN2A (OR=1.58, Pmeta =4.1x10-4). This association was maintained in separate regression models, both adjusting for and stratifying on CRLF2 overexpression, high hyperdiploidy, ETV6-RUNX1, and B-other subgroups, indicating an increased penetrance of CDKN2A risk alleles in children with DS. Finally, we investigated functional significance of the IKZF1 susceptibility locus. It maps to a B-cell super-enhancer, and the risk allele is associated with decreased enhancer activity and differential protein binding. IKZF1 knockdown resulted in significantly higher proliferation rates in Down syndrome- than non-Down syndrome lymphoblastoid cell lines. Our findings demonstrate a higher penetrance of a known ALL risk locus in children with DS and serve as a basis for further biological insights into the etiology of this disease.

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Birth Defects Res ; 111(13): 932-937, 2019 Aug 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31102501

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BACKGROUND: Recent genome-wide association studies of hypospadias have implicated the role of genetic variants in or near the diacylglycerol kinase kappa (DGKK) gene. However, these variants are largely identified among samples of mild and moderate hypospadias cases. Therefore, we evaluated previously identified DGKK variants among second- and third-degree hypospadias cases and controls recruited in Arkansas, a state characterized by a high birth prevalence of hypospadias. METHODS: Second- and third-degree hypospadias non-Hispanic white cases (n = 36 and n = 9, respectively) and controls (n = 45) were recruited at Arkansas Children's Hospital. Preputial tissue was collected on cases and controls between 2013 and 2017. Cases and controls were genotyped using the Illumina Infinium Global Screening Array. We used logistic regression models to assess the association of genotyped and imputed genetic variants mapped to the DGKK region with second- and third-degree hypospadias. RESULTS: All families self-reported as non-Hispanic white and genetic principal component analyses did not demonstrate evidence of population stratification. Five DGKK variants previously reported as associated with hypospadias were identified in the genotype data. None of the variants were associated with second- or third-degree hypospadias (range of odds ratios = 0.7-0.9, all p > .05). CONCLUSIONS: In our analyses, genetic variation in DGKK does not play a role in the development of moderate and severe hypospadias. Our findings provide support to the etiologic heterogeneity of hypospadias by all classifications of severity.

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Am J Respir Crit Care Med ; 200(6): 742-750, 2019 Sep 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30896962

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Rationale: Uninvolved normal-appearing airway epithelium has been shown to exhibit specific mutations characteristic of nearby non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLCs). Yet, its somatic mutational landscape in patients with early-stage NSCLC is unknown.Objectives: To comprehensively survey the somatic mutational architecture of the normal airway epithelium in patients with early-stage NSCLC.Methods: Multiregion normal airways, comprising tumor-adjacent small airways, tumor-distant large airways, nasal epithelium and uninvolved normal lung (collectively airway field), matched NSCLCs, and blood cells (n = 498) from 48 patients were interrogated for somatic single-nucleotide variants by deep-targeted DNA sequencing and for chromosomal allelic imbalance events by genome-wide genotype array profiling. Spatiotemporal relationships between the airway field and NSCLCs were assessed by phylogenetic analysis.Measurements and Main Results: Genomic airway field carcinogenesis was observed in 25 cases (52%). The airway field epithelium exhibited a total of 269 somatic mutations in most patients (n = 36) including key drivers that were shared with the NSCLCs. Allele frequencies of these acquired variants were overall higher in NSCLCs. Integrative analysis of single-nucleotide variants and allelic imbalance events revealed driver genes with shared "two-hit" alterations in the airway field (e.g., TP53, KRAS, KEAP1, STK11, and CDKN2A) and those with single hits progressing to two in the NSCLCs (e.g., PIK3CA and NOTCH1).Conclusions: Tumor-adjacent and tumor-distant normal-appearing airway epithelia exhibit somatic driver alterations that undergo selection-driven clonal expansion in NSCLC. These events offer spatiotemporal insights into the development of NSCLC and, thus, potential targets for early treatment.

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EBioMedicine ; 42: 296-303, 2019 Apr.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30905849

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BACKGROUND: Genomic investigation of atypical adenomatous hyperplasia (AAH), the only known precursor lesion to lung adenocarcinomas (LUAD), presents challenges due to the low mutant cell fractions. This necessitates sensitive methods for detection of chromosomal aberrations to better study the role of critical alterations in early lung cancer pathogenesis and the progression from AAH to LUAD. METHODS: We applied a sensitive haplotype-based statistical technique to detect chromosomal alterations leading to allelic imbalance (AI) from genotype array profiling of 48 matched normal lung parenchyma, AAH and tumor tissues from 16 stage-I LUAD patients. To gain insights into shared developmental trajectories among tissues, we performed phylogenetic analyses and integrated our results with point mutation data, highlighting significantly-mutated driver genes in LUAD pathogenesis. FINDINGS: AI was detected in nine AAHs (56%). Six cases exhibited recurrent loss of 17p. AI and the enrichment of 17p events were predominantly identified in patients with smoking history. Among the nine AAH tissues with detected AI, seven exhibited evidence for shared chromosomal aberrations with matched LUAD specimens, including losses harboring tumor suppressors on 17p, 8p, 9p, 9q, 19p, and gains encompassing oncogenes on 8q, 12p and 1q. INTERPRETATION: Chromosomal aberrations, particularly 17p loss, appear to play critical roles early in AAH pathogenesis. Genomic instability in AAH, as well as truncal chromosomal aberrations shared with LUAD, provide evidence for mutation accumulation and are suggestive of a cancerized field contributing to the clonal selection and expansion of these premalignant lesions. FUND: Supported in part by Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) grant RP150079 (PS and HK), NIH grant R01HG005859 (PS) and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Core Support Grant.


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Transformação Celular Neoplásica/genética , Pulmão/metabolismo , Pulmão/patologia , Lesões Pré-Cancerosas/genética , Adenocarcinoma/genética , Adenocarcinoma/patologia , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Alelos , Desequilíbrio Alélico , Instabilidade Cromossômica , Progressão da Doença , Feminino , Heterogeneidade Genética , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Haplótipos , Humanos , Hiperplasia , Neoplasias Pulmonares/genética , Neoplasias Pulmonares/patologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Modelos Estatísticos , Mutação , Estadiamento de Neoplasias , Filogenia , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , Adulto Jovem
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Eur J Hum Genet ; 27(6): 970-979, 2019 Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30760885

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The tendency to conceive spontaneous dizygotic (DZ) twins is a complex trait with important contributions from both environmental factors and genetic disposition. In earlier work, we identified the first two genes as maternal susceptibility loci for DZ twinning. The aim of this study was to identify genetic variants influencing multiple births and to genetically correlate the findings across a broad range of traits. We performed a genome-wide association study (GWAS) in 8962 participants with Caucasian ancestry from UK Biobank who reported being part of a multiple birth, and 409,591 singleton controls. We replicated the association between FSHB, SMAD3 and twinning in the gene-based (but not SNP-based) test, which had been established in previous genome-wide association analyses in mothers with dizygotic twin offspring. Additionally, we report a novel genetic variant associated with multiple birth, rs428022 at 15q23 (p = 2.84 × 10-8) close to two genes: PIAS1 and SKOR1. Finally, we identified meaningful genetic correlations between being part of a multiple birth and other phenotypes (anthropometric traits, health-related traits, and fertility-related measures). The outcomes of this study provide important new insights into the genetic aetiology of multiple births and fertility, and open up novel directions for fertility and reproduction research.

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Nat Genet ; 51(2): 237-244, 2019 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30643251

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Tobacco and alcohol use are leading causes of mortality that influence risk for many complex diseases and disorders1. They are heritable2,3 and etiologically related4,5 behaviors that have been resistant to gene discovery efforts6-11. In sample sizes up to 1.2 million individuals, we discovered 566 genetic variants in 406 loci associated with multiple stages of tobacco use (initiation, cessation, and heaviness) as well as alcohol use, with 150 loci evidencing pleiotropic association. Smoking phenotypes were positively genetically correlated with many health conditions, whereas alcohol use was negatively correlated with these conditions, such that increased genetic risk for alcohol use is associated with lower disease risk. We report evidence for the involvement of many systems in tobacco and alcohol use, including genes involved in nicotinic, dopaminergic, and glutamatergic neurotransmission. The results provide a solid starting point to evaluate the effects of these loci in model organisms and more precise substance use measures.


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Consumo de Bebidas Alcoólicas/genética , Fumar/genética , Tabagismo/genética , Feminino , Variação Genética/genética , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla/métodos , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Fenótipo , Risco , Tabaco/efeitos adversos
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Epigenetics Chromatin ; 11(1): 54, 2018 09 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30253792

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BACKGROUND: DNA methylation arrays are widely used in epigenome-wide association studies and methylation quantitative trait locus (mQTL) studies. Here, we performed the first genome-wide analysis of monozygotic (MZ) twin correlations and mQTLs on data obtained with the Illumina MethylationEPIC BeadChip (EPIC array) and compared the performance of the EPIC array to the Illumina HumanMethylation450 BeadChip (HM450 array) for buccal-derived DNA. RESULTS: Good-quality EPIC data were obtained for 102 buccal-derived DNA samples from 49 MZ twin pairs (mean age = 7.5 years, range = 1-10). Differences between MZ twins in the cellular content of buccal swabs were a major driver for differences in their DNA methylation profiles, highlighting the importance to adjust for cellular composition in DNA methylation studies of buccal-derived DNA. After adjusting for cellular composition, the genome-wide mean correlation (r) between MZ twins was 0.21 for the EPIC array, and cis mQTL analysis in 84 twins identified 1,296,323 significant associations (FDR 5%), encompassing 33,749 methylation sites and 616,029 genetic variants. MZ twin correlations were slightly larger (p < 2.2 × 10-16) for novel EPIC probes (N = 383,066, mean r = 0.22) compared to probes that are also present on HM450 (N = 406,822, mean r = 0.20). In line with this observation, a larger percentage of novel EPIC probes was associated with genetic variants (novel EPIC probes with significant mQTL 4.7%, HM450 probes with mQTL 3.9%, p < 2.2 × 10-16). Methylation sites with a large MZ correlation and sites associated with mQTLs were most strongly enriched in epithelial cell DNase I hypersensitive sites (DHSs), enhancers, and histone mark H3K4me3. CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that the contribution of familial factors to individual differences in DNA methylation and the effect of mQTLs are larger for novel EPIC probes, especially those within regulatory elements connected to active regions specific to the investigated tissue.

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Gynecol Oncol ; 151(2): 243-249, 2018 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30194005

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OBJECTIVE: Uterine carcinosarcoma (UCS) is a rare and aggressive form of uterine cancer. It is bi-phasic, exhibiting histological features of both malignant epithelial (carcinoma) and mesenchymal (sarcoma) elements, reflected in ambiguity in accepted treatment guidelines. We sought to study the genomic and transcriptomic profiles of these elements individually to gain further insights into the development of these tumors. METHODS: We macro-dissected carcinomatous, sarcomatous, and normal tissues from formalin fixed paraffin embedded uterine samples of 10 UCS patients. Single nucleotide polymorphism microarrays, targeted DNA sequencing and whole-transcriptome RNA-sequencing were performed. Somatic chromosomal alterations (SCAs), point mutation and gene expression profiles were compared between carcinomatous and sarcomatous components. RESULTS: In addition to TP53, other recurrently mutated genes harboring putative driver or loss-of-function mutations included PTEN, FBXW7, FGFR2, KRAS, PIK3CA and CTNNB1, genes known to be involved in UCS. Intra-patient somatic mutation and SCA profiles were highly similar between paired carcinoma and sarcoma samples. An epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) signature tended to differentiate components, with EMT-like status more common in advanced-stage patients exhibiting higher inter-component SCA heterogeneity. CONCLUSIONS: From DNA analysis, our results indicate a monoclonal disease origin for this cohort. Yet expression-derived EMT statuses of the carcinomatous and sarcomatous components were often discrepant, and advanced cases displayed greater genomic heterogeneity. Therefore, separately-profiled components of UCS tumors may better inform disease progression or potential.


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Carcinossarcoma/patologia , Neoplasias Uterinas/patologia , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Carcinossarcoma/genética , Transição Epitelial-Mesenquimal , Feminino , Humanos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Mutação , Neoplasias Uterinas/genética
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Sci Transl Med ; 10(455)2018 Aug 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30135250

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Recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB) is a rare inherited skin and mucous membrane fragility disorder complicated by early-onset, highly malignant cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs). The molecular etiology of RDEB SCC, which arises at sites of sustained tissue damage, is unknown. We performed detailed molecular analysis using whole-exome, whole-genome, and RNA sequencing of 27 RDEB SCC tumors, including multiple tumors from the same patient and multiple regions from five individual tumors. We report that driver mutations were shared with spontaneous, ultraviolet (UV) light-induced cutaneous SCC (UV SCC) and head and neck SCC (HNSCC) and did not explain the early presentation or aggressive nature of RDEB SCC. Instead, endogenous mutation processes associated with apolipoprotein B mRNA-editing enzyme catalytic polypeptide-like (APOBEC) deaminases dominated RDEB SCC. APOBEC mutation signatures were enhanced throughout RDEB SCC tumor evolution, relative to spontaneous UV SCC and HNSCC mutation profiles. Sixty-seven percent of RDEB SCC driver mutations was found to emerge as a result of APOBEC and other endogenous mutational processes previously associated with age, potentially explaining a >1000-fold increased incidence and the early onset of these SCCs. Human papillomavirus-negative basal and mesenchymal subtypes of HNSCC harbored enhanced APOBEC mutational signatures and transcriptomes similar to those of RDEB SCC, suggesting that APOBEC deaminases drive other subtypes of SCC. Collectively, these data establish specific mutagenic mechanisms associated with chronic tissue damage. Our findings reveal a cause for cancers arising at sites of persistent inflammation and identify potential therapeutic avenues to treat RDEB SCC.

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Addiction ; 113(11): 2073-2086, 2018 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30003630

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BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Cannabis is one of the most commonly used substances among adolescents and young adults. Earlier age at cannabis initiation is linked to adverse life outcomes, including multi-substance use and dependence. This study estimated the heritability of age at first cannabis use and identified associations with genetic variants. METHODS: A twin-based heritability analysis using 8055 twins from three cohorts was performed. We then carried out a genome-wide association meta-analysis of age at first cannabis use in a discovery sample of 24 953 individuals from nine European, North American and Australian cohorts, and a replication sample of 3735 individuals. RESULTS: The twin-based heritability for age at first cannabis use was 38% [95% confidence interval (CI) = 19-60%]. Shared and unique environmental factors explained 39% (95% CI = 20-56%) and 22% (95% CI = 16-29%). The genome-wide association meta-analysis identified five single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) on chromosome 16 within the calcium-transporting ATPase gene (ATP2C2) at P < 5E-08. All five SNPs are in high linkage disequilibrium (LD) (r2  > 0.8), with the strongest association at the intronic variant rs1574587 (P = 4.09E-09). Gene-based tests of association identified the ATP2C2 gene on 16q24.1 (P = 1.33e-06). Although the five SNPs and ATP2C2 did not replicate, ATP2C2 has been associated with cocaine dependence in a previous study. ATP2B2, which is a member of the same calcium signalling pathway, has been associated previously with opioid dependence. SNP-based heritability for age at first cannabis use was non-significant. CONCLUSION: Age at cannabis initiation appears to be moderately heritable in western countries, and individual differences in onset can be explained by separate but correlated genetic liabilities. The significant association between age of initiation and ATP2C2 is consistent with the role of calcium signalling mechanisms in substance use disorders.

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J Pers ; 2018 May 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29752830

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OBJECTIVE: Loneliness is an aversive response to a discrepancy between desired and actual social relationships and correlates with personality. We investigate the relationship of loneliness and personality in twin family and molecular genetic data. METHOD: Phenotypic correlations between loneliness and the Big Five personality traits were estimated in 29,625 adults, and in a group with genome-wide genotype data (N = 4,222), genetic correlations were obtained. We explored whether genetic correlations may reflect causal relationships by investigating within monozygotic twin pair differences (Npairs = 2,662), by longitudinal within-subject changes in personality and loneliness (N = 4,260-9,238 longitudinal comparisons), and by longitudinal cross-lagged panel analyses (N = 15,628). Finally, we tested whether genetic correlations were due to cross-trait assortative mating (Nspouse pairs = 4,436). RESULTS: The strongest correlations with loneliness were observed for Neuroticism (r = .55) and Extraversion (r = -.33). Only Neuroticism showed a high correlation with loneliness independent of other personality traits (r = .50), so follow-up analyses focused on Neuroticism. The genetic correlation between loneliness and Neuroticism from genotyped variants was .71; a significant reciprocal causal relationship and nonsignificant cross-trait assortative mating imply that this is at least partly due to mediated pleiotropy. CONCLUSIONS: We show that the relationship between loneliness and personality is largely explained by its relationship with Neuroticism, which is substantially genetic in nature.

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Twin Res Hum Genet ; 21(3): 203-213, 2018 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29792248

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OBJECTIVE: The human gut microbiota has been demonstrated to be associated with a number of host phenotypes, including obesity and a number of obesity-associated phenotypes. This study is aimed at further understanding and describing the relationship between the gut microbiota and obesity-associated measurements obtained from human participants. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Here, we utilize genetically informative study designs, including a four-corners design (extremes of genetic risk for BMI and of observed BMI; N = 50) and the BMI monozygotic (MZ) discordant twin pair design (N = 30), in order to help delineate the role of host genetics and the gut microbiota in the development of obesity. RESULTS: Our results highlight a negative association between BMI and alpha diversity of the gut microbiota. The low genetic risk/high BMI group of individuals had a lower gut microbiota alpha diversity when compared to the other three groups. Although the difference in alpha diversity between the lean and heavy groups of the BMI-discordant MZ twin design did not achieve significance, this difference was observed to be in the expected direction, with the heavier participants having a lower average alpha diversity. We have also identified nine OTUs observed to be associated with either a leaner or heavier phenotype, with enrichment for OTUs classified to the Ruminococcaceae and Oxalobacteraceae taxonomic families. CONCLUSION: Our study presents evidence of a relationship between BMI and alpha diversity of the gut microbiota. In addition to these findings, a number of OTUs were found to be significantly associated with host BMI. These findings may highlight separate subtypes of obesity, one driven by genetic factors, the other more heavily influenced by environmental factors.

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Med Sci Sports Exerc ; 50(4): 700-708, 2018 Apr.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29135816

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PURPOSE: Most candidate gene studies on the neurobiology of voluntary exercise behavior have focused on the dopaminergic signaling pathway and its role in the mesolimbic reward system. We hypothesized that dopaminergic candidate genes may influence exercise behavior through additional effects on executive functioning and that these effects are only detected when the types of exercise activity are taken into account. METHODS: Data on voluntary exercise behavior and at least one single-nucleotide polymorphism/variable number of tandem repeat (VNTR) were available for 12,929 participants of the Netherlands Twin Registry. Exercise activity was classified as externally paced if a high level of executive function skill was required. The total volume of voluntary exercise (minutes per week) as well as the volume specifically spent on externally paced activities were tested for association with nine functional dopaminergic polymorphisms (DRD1: rs265981, DRD2/ANKK1: rs1800497, DRD3: rs6280, DRD4: VNTR 48 bp, DRD5: VNTR 130-166 bp, DBH: rs2519152, DAT1: VNTR 40 bp, COMT: rs4680, MAOA: VNTR 30 bp), a polygenic score (PGS) based on nine alleles leading to lower dopamine responsiveness, and a PGS based on three alleles associated with both higher reward sensitivity and better executive functioning (DRD2/ANKK1: "G" allele, COMT: Met allele, DAT1: 440-bp allele). RESULTS: No association with total exercise volume or externally paced exercise volume was found for individual alleles or the nine-allele PGS. The volume of externally paced exercise behavior was significantly associated with the reward and executive function congruent PGS. This association was driven by the DAT1 440-bp and COMT Met allele, which acted as increaser alleles for externally paced exercise behavior. CONCLUSIONS: Taking into account the types of exercise activity may increase the success of identifying genetic variants and unraveling the neurobiology of voluntary exercise behavior.

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Nicotine Tob Res ; 20(7): 836-842, 2018 Jun 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28575460

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Introduction: Classical twin studies show that smoking is heritable. To determine if shared family environment plays a role in addition to genetic factors, and if they interact (G×E), we use a children-of-twins design. In a second sample, we measure genetic influence with polygenic risk scores (PRS) and environmental influence with a question on exposure to smoking during childhood. Methods: Data on smoking initiation were available for 723 children of 712 twins from the Netherlands Twin Register (64.9% female, median birth year 1985). Children were grouped in ascending order of risk, based on smoking status and zygosity of their twin-parent and his/her co-twin: never smoking twin-parent with a never smoking co-twin; never smoking twin-parent with a smoking dizygotic co-twin; never smoking twin-parent with a smoking monozygotic co-twin; and smoking twin-parent with a smoking or never smoking co-twin. For 4072 participants from the Netherlands Twin Register (67.3% female, median birth year 1973), PRS for smoking were computed and smoking initiation, smoking heaviness, and exposure to smoking during childhood were available. Results: Patterns of smoking initiation in the four group children-of-twins design suggested shared familial influences in addition to genetic factors. PRS for ever smoking were associated with smoking initiation in all individuals. PRS for smoking heaviness were associated with smoking heaviness in individuals exposed to smoking during childhood, but not in non-exposed individuals. Conclusions: Shared family environment influences smoking, over and above genetic factors. Genetic risk of smoking heaviness was only important for individuals exposed to smoking during childhood, versus those not exposed (G×E). Implications: This study adds to the very few existing children-of-twins (CoT) studies on smoking and combines a CoT design with a second research design that utilizes polygenic risk scores and data on exposure to smoking during childhood. The results show that shared family environment affects smoking behavior over and above genetic factors. There was also evidence for gene-environment interaction (G×E) such that genetic risk of heavy versus light smoking was only important for individuals who were also exposed to (second-hand) smoking during childhood. Together, these findings give additional incentive to recommending parents not to expose their children to cigarette smoking.

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Behav Genet ; 48(1): 1-11, 2018 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29043520

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For the participants in the Netherlands Twin Register (NTR) we constructed the extended pedigrees which specify all relations among nuclear and larger twin families in the register. A total of 253,015 subjects from 58,645 families were linked to each other, to the degree that we had information on the relations among participants. We describe the algorithm that was applied to construct the pedigrees. For > 30,000 adolescent and adult NTR participants data were available on harmonized neuroticism scores. We analyzed these data in the Mendel software package (Lange et al., Bioinformatics 29(12):1568-1570, 2013) to estimate the contributions of additive and non-additive genetic factors. In contrast to much of the earlier work based on twin data rather than on extended pedigrees, we could also estimate the contribution of shared household effects in the presence of non-additive genetic factors. The estimated broad-sense heritability of neuroticism was 47%, with almost equal contributions of additive and non-additive (dominance) genetic factors. A shared household effect explained 13% and unique environmental factors explained the remaining 40% of the variance in neuroticism.


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Doenças em Gêmeos/genética , Neuroticismo/fisiologia , Gêmeos/genética , Família/psicologia , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Modelos Genéticos , Países Baixos/epidemiologia , Linhagem , Sistema de Registros , Meio Social , Gêmeos Dizigóticos/genética , Gêmeos Monozigóticos/genética
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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28939188

RESUMO

A significant proportion of college students are adult children of an alcoholic parent (ACoA), which can confer greater risk of depression, poor self-esteem, alcohol and drug problems, and greater levels of college attrition. However, some ACoA are resilient to these negative outcomes. The goal of this study was to better understand the psychobiological factors that distinguish resilient and vulnerable college-aged ACoAs. To do so, scholastic performance and psychological health were measured in ACoA college students not engaged in hazardous alcohol use (resilient) and those currently engaged in hazardous alcohol use (vulnerable). Neural activity (as measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging) in response to performing working memory and emotion-based tasks were assessed. Furthermore, the frequency of polymorphisms in candidate genes associated with substance use, risk taking and stress reactivity were compared between the two ACoA groups. College ACoAs currently engaged in hazardous alcohol use reported more anxiety, depression and posttraumatic stress symptoms, and increased risky nicotine and marijuana use as compared to ACoAs resistant to problem alcohol use. ACoA college students with current problem alcohol showed greater activity of the middle frontal gyrus and reduced activation of the posterior cingulate in response to visual working memory and emotional processing tasks, which may relate to increased anxiety and problem alcohol and drug behaviors. Furthermore, polymorphisms of cholinergic receptor and the serotonin transporter genes also appear to contribute a role in problem alcohol use in ACoAs. Overall, findings point to several important psychobiological variables that distinguish ACoAs based on their current alcohol use that may be used in the future for early intervention.


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Alcoolismo/genética , Encéfalo/fisiopatologia , Filho de Pais Incapacitados/psicologia , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Transtornos Mentais/etiologia , Transtornos Mentais/fisiopatologia , Sucesso Acadêmico , Adolescente , Adulto , Consumo de Bebidas Alcoólicas/genética , Consumo de Bebidas Alcoólicas/fisiopatologia , Consumo de Bebidas Alcoólicas/psicologia , Alcoolismo/diagnóstico por imagem , Alcoolismo/fisiopatologia , Alcoolismo/psicologia , Encéfalo/diagnóstico por imagem , Emoções/fisiologia , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Memória de Curto Prazo/fisiologia , Transtornos Mentais/diagnóstico por imagem , Testes Neuropsicológicos , Pais , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , Estudantes , Universidades , Adulto Jovem
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