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J Invest Dermatol ; 2021 Nov 20.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34813871

RESUMO

Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified a number of risk loci for cutaneous melanoma. Cutaneous melanoma shares overlapping genetic risk (genetic correlation) with a number of other traits, including with its risk factors such as sunburn propensity. This genetic correlation can be exploited to identify additional cutaneous melanoma risk loci by multi-trait analysis of GWAS (MTAG). We used bivariate LD-score regression to identify traits that are genetically correlated with clinically-confirmed cutaneous melanoma, and then used publicly available GWAS for these traits in a MTAG. MTAG allows GWAS to be combined while accounting for sample overlap and incomplete genetic correlation. We identified a total of 74 genome-wide independent loci; 19 of them were not previously reported in the input cutaneous melanoma GWAS-meta-analysis. 55 of these loci were replicated (P < 0.05/74), Bonferroni corrected P -value in two independent cutaneous melanoma replication cohorts from Melanoma Institute Australia and 23andMe, Inc. Among the new cutaneous melanoma loci are ones that have also been associated with autoimmune traits including rs715199 near LPP, and rs10858023 near AP4B1. Our analysis indicates genetic correlation between traits can be leveraged to identify new risk genes for cutaneous melanoma.

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Twin Res Hum Genet ; 24(2): 95-102, 2021 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33757613

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Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) occurs in carriers of fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) X-linked small CGG expansion (gray zone [GZ] and premutation [PM]) alleles, containing 41-200 repeats. Major features comprise kinetic tremor, gait ataxia, cognitive decline and cerebellar peduncular white matter lesions, but atypical/incomplete FXTAS may occur. We explored the possibility of polygenic effects modifying the FXTAS spectrum phenotypes. We used three motor scales and selected cognitive tests in a series of three males and three females from a single sibship carrying PM or GZ alleles (44 to 75 repeats). The molecular profiles from these siblings were determined by genomewide association study with single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping by Illumina Global Screening Array. Nonparametric linkage analysis was applied and Parkinson's disease (PD) polygenic risk scores (PRSs) were calculated for all the siblings, based on 107 known risk variants. All male and female siblings manifested similar kinetic tremor phenotypes. In contrast to FXTAS, they showed negligible gait ataxia, and few white matter lesions on MRI. Cognitive functioning was unaffected. Suggestive evidence of linkage to a broad region of the short arm of chromosome 10 was obtained, and median PD PRS for the sibship fell within the top 30% of a sample of over 500,000 UK and Australian controls. The genomewide study results are suggestive of modifying effects of genetic risk loci linked to PD, on the neurological phenotype of FMR1-CGG small expansion carriers, resulting in an oligosymptomatic kinetic tremor seen in FXTAS spectrum, but also consistent with essential tremor.


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Tremor Essencial , Proteína do X Frágil de Retardo Mental , Austrália , Feminino , Proteína do X Frágil de Retardo Mental/genética , Humanos , Masculino , Fenótipo , Irmãos
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Sci Adv ; 7(11)2021 Mar.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33692100

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Human eye color is highly heritable, but its genetic architecture is not yet fully understood. We report the results of the largest genome-wide association study for eye color to date, involving up to 192,986 European participants from 10 populations. We identify 124 independent associations arising from 61 discrete genomic regions, including 50 previously unidentified. We find evidence for genes involved in melanin pigmentation, but we also find associations with genes involved in iris morphology and structure. Further analyses in 1636 Asian participants from two populations suggest that iris pigmentation variation in Asians is genetically similar to Europeans, albeit with smaller effect sizes. Our findings collectively explain 53.2% (95% confidence interval, 45.4 to 61.0%) of eye color variation using common single-nucleotide polymorphisms. Overall, our study outcomes demonstrate that the genetic complexity of human eye color considerably exceeds previous knowledge and expectations, highlighting eye color as a genetically highly complex human trait.

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Hum Mol Genet ; 29(21): 3578-3587, 2021 01 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33410475

RESUMO

Germline genetic variants have been identified, which predispose individuals and families to develop melanoma. Tumor thickness is the strongest predictor of outcome for clinically localized primary melanoma patients. We sought to determine whether there is a heritable genetic contribution to variation in tumor thickness. If confirmed, this will justify the search for specific genetic variants influencing tumor thickness. To address this, we estimated the proportion of variation in tumor thickness attributable to genome-wide genetic variation (variant-based heritability) using unrelated patients with measured primary cutaneous melanoma thickness. As a secondary analysis, we conducted a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of tumor thickness. The analyses utilized 10 604 individuals with primary cutaneous melanoma drawn from nine GWAS datasets from eight cohorts recruited from the general population, primary care and melanoma treatment centers. Following quality control and filtering to unrelated individuals with study phenotypes, 8125 patients were used in the primary analysis to test whether tumor thickness is heritable. An expanded set of 8505 individuals (47.6% female) were analyzed for the secondary GWAS meta-analysis. Analyses were adjusted for participant age, sex, cohort and ancestry. We found that 26.6% (SE 11.9%, P = 0.0128) of variation in tumor thickness is attributable to genome-wide genetic variation. While requiring replication, a chromosome 11 locus was associated (P < 5 × 10-8) with tumor thickness. Our work indicates that sufficiently large datasets will enable the discovery of genetic variants associated with greater tumor thickness, and this will lead to the identification of host biological processes influencing melanoma growth and invasion.


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Biomarcadores Tumorais/genética , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Mutação em Linhagem Germinativa , Melanoma/patologia , Neoplasias Cutâneas/patologia , Humanos , Melanoma/diagnóstico , Fenótipo , Prognóstico , Neoplasias Cutâneas/diagnóstico , Taxa de Sobrevida
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Nat Hum Behav ; 5(1): 59-70, 2021 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32989287

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Handedness has been extensively studied because of its relationship with language and the over-representation of left-handers in some neurodevelopmental disorders. Using data from the UK Biobank, 23andMe and the International Handedness Consortium, we conducted a genome-wide association meta-analysis of handedness (N = 1,766,671). We found 41 loci associated (P < 5 × 10-8) with left-handedness and 7 associated with ambidexterity. Tissue-enrichment analysis implicated the CNS in the aetiology of handedness. Pathways including regulation of microtubules and brain morphology were also highlighted. We found suggestive positive genetic correlations between left-handedness and neuropsychiatric traits, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Furthermore, the genetic correlation between left-handedness and ambidexterity is low (rG = 0.26), which implies that these traits are largely influenced by different genetic mechanisms. Our findings suggest that handedness is highly polygenic and that the genetic variants that predispose to left-handedness may underlie part of the association with some psychiatric disorders.


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Lateralidade Funcional/genética , Variação Genética/genética , Adulto , Idoso , Feminino , Frequência do Gene/genética , Loci Gênicos/genética , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Humanos , Desequilíbrio de Ligação , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único/genética , Característica Quantitativa Herdável , Fatores Sexuais
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PLoS One ; 15(9): e0238529, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32966289

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Amelanotic/hypomelanotic melanoma is a clinicopathologic subtype with absent or minimal melanin. This study assessed previously reported coding variants in albinism genes (TYR, OCA2, TYRP1, SLC45A2, SLC24A5, LRMDA) and common intronic, regulatory variants of OCA2 in individuals with amelanotic/hypomelanotic melanoma, pigmented melanoma cases and controls. Exome sequencing was available for 28 individuals with amelanotic/hypomelanotic melanoma and 303 individuals with pigmented melanoma, which were compared to whole exome data from 1144 Australian controls. Microarray genotyping was available for a further 17 amelanotic/hypomelanotic melanoma, 86 pigmented melanoma, 147 melanoma cases (pigmentation unknown) and 652 unaffected controls. Rare deleterious variants in TYR/OCA1 were more common in amelanotic/hypomelanotic melanoma cases than pigmented melanoma cases (set mixed model association tests P = 0.0088). The OCA2 hypomorphic allele p.V443I was more common in melanoma cases (1.8%) than controls (1.0%, X2 P = 0.02), and more so in amelanotic/hypomelanotic melanoma (4.4%, X2 P = 0.007). No amelanotic/hypomelanotic melanoma cases carried an eye and skin darkening haplotype of OCA2 (including rs7174027), present in 7.1% of pigmented melanoma cases (P = 0.0005) and 9.4% controls. Variants in TYR and OCA2 may play a role in amelanotic/hypomelanotic melanoma susceptibility. We suggest that somatic loss of function at these loci could contribute to the loss of tumor pigmentation, consistent with this we found a higher rate of somatic mutation in TYR/OCA2 in amelanotic/hypomelanotic melanoma vs pigmented melanoma samples (28.6% vs 3.0%; P = 0.021) from The Cancer Genome Atlas Skin Cutaneous Melanoma collection.


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Albinismo/genética , Melanoma/genética , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/genética , Monofenol Mono-Oxigenase/genética , Neoplasias Cutâneas/genética , Variação Genética , Mutação em Linhagem Germinativa , Humanos , Mutação Puntual , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , Sequenciamento Completo do Exoma
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Hum Mol Genet ; 29(17): 2976-2985, 2020 10 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32716505

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Cancers, including cutaneous melanoma, can cluster in families. In addition to environmental etiological factors such as ultraviolet radiation, cutaneous melanoma has a strong genetic component. Genetic risks for cutaneous melanoma range from rare, high-penetrance mutations to common, low-penetrance variants. Known high-penetrance mutations account for only about half of all densely affected cutaneous melanoma families, and the causes of familial clustering in the remainder are unknown. We hypothesize that some clustering is due to the cumulative effect of a large number of variants of individually small effect. Common, low-penetrance genetic risk variants can be combined into polygenic risk scores. We used a polygenic risk score for cutaneous melanoma to compare families without known high-penetrance mutations with unrelated melanoma cases and melanoma-free controls. Family members had significantly higher mean polygenic load for cutaneous melanoma than unrelated cases or melanoma-free healthy controls (Bonferroni-corrected t-test P = 1.5 × 10-5 and 6.3 × 10-45, respectively). Whole genome sequencing of germline DNA from 51 members of 21 families with low polygenic risk for melanoma identified a CDKN2A p.G101W mutation in a single family but no other candidate high-penetrance melanoma susceptibility genes. This work provides further evidence that melanoma, like many other common complex disorders, can arise from the joint action of multiple predisposing factors, including rare high-penetrance mutations, as well as via a combination of large numbers of alleles of small effect.


Assuntos
Inibidor p16 de Quinase Dependente de Ciclina/genética , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Melanoma/genética , Penetrância , Neoplasias Cutâneas/genética , Alelos , Feminino , Mutação em Linhagem Germinativa/genética , Humanos , Masculino , Melanoma/epidemiologia , Melanoma/patologia , Herança Multifatorial/genética , Mutação/genética , Neoplasias Cutâneas/epidemiologia , Neoplasias Cutâneas/patologia , Raios Ultravioleta/efeitos adversos
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Twin Res Hum Genet ; 22(5): 277-282, 2019 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31608842

RESUMO

A high prevalence of asthma has been documented among the inhabitants of Tristan da Cunha, an isolated island in the South Atlantic. The population derives from just 28 founders. We performed lung function testing, including methacholine inhalation challenge, allergen skin prick testing, and collected DNA from essentially all of the current island population (269 individuals), and genotyped a panel of 43 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) reported as associated with asthma and atopy. We carried out a mixed-model association analysis using the known pedigree. There were 96 individuals diagnosed as asthmatic (36%), and heritability estimates were similar to those from nonisolated population samples (multifactorial threshold model, h2 = 48%). The first component from a genetic principal components analysis using the entire SNP panel was nonlinearly associated with asthma, with the maximum risk to those intermediate to reference (Human Genome Diversity Project) European and African samples means. The single most strongly associated SNP was rs2786098 (p = 5.5 × 10-5), known to regulate the gene DENND1B. This explained approximately one-third of the trait heritability, with an allelic odds ratio for the A allele of 2.6. Among A/A carriers, 10 out of 12 individuals were asthmatic. The rs2786098*A variant was initially reported to decrease the risk of childhood (atopic) asthma in European but slightly increase the risk in African-descended populations, and does significantly alter Th2 cell function. Despite an absence of overall association with this variant in recent asthma genome wide association studies meta-analyses, an effect may exist on the particular genetic background of the Tristan da Cunha population.


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Asma/genética , Asma/imunologia , Proteínas Adaptadoras de Sinalização de Receptores de Domínio de Morte/genética , Proteínas Adaptadoras de Sinalização de Receptores de Domínio de Morte/imunologia , Fatores de Troca do Nucleotídeo Guanina/genética , Fatores de Troca do Nucleotídeo Guanina/imunologia , Linhagem , Consanguinidade , Feminino , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Humanos , Ilhas , Masculino
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Twin Res Hum Genet ; 22(2): 79-87, 2019 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31012404

RESUMO

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a chronic disease that disproportionately affects Indigenous Australians. We have previously reported the localization of a novel T2D locus by linkage analysis to chromosome 2q24 in a large admixed Indigenous Australian pedigree (Busfield et al. (2002). American Journal of Human Genetics, 70, 349-357). Here we describe fine mapping of this region in this pedigree, with the identification of SNPs showing strong association with T2D: rs3845724 (diabetes p = 7 × 10-4), rs4668106 (diabetes p = 9 × 10-4) and rs529002 (plasma glucose p = 3 × 10-4). These associations were successfully replicated in an independent collection of Indigenous Australian T2D cases and controls. These SNPs all lie within the gene encoding ceramide synthase 6 (CERS6) and thus may regulate ceramide synthesis.


Assuntos
Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 2/genética , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Proteínas de Membrana/genética , Esfingosina N-Aciltransferase/genética , Austrália/epidemiologia , Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 2/patologia , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Linhagem , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único/genética
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Nat Commun ; 9(1): 4774, 2018 11 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30429480

RESUMO

The total number of acquired melanocytic nevi on the skin is strongly correlated with melanoma risk. Here we report a meta-analysis of 11 nevus GWAS from Australia, Netherlands, UK, and USA comprising 52,506 individuals. We confirm known loci including MTAP, PLA2G6, and IRF4, and detect novel SNPs in KITLG and a region of 9q32. In a bivariate analysis combining the nevus results with a recent melanoma GWAS meta-analysis (12,874 cases, 23,203 controls), SNPs near GPRC5A, CYP1B1, PPARGC1B, HDAC4, FAM208B, DOCK8, and SYNE2 reached global significance, and other loci, including MIR146A and OBFC1, reached a suggestive level. Overall, we conclude that most nevus genes affect melanoma risk (KITLG an exception), while many melanoma risk loci do not alter nevus count. For example, variants in TERC and OBFC1 affect both traits, but other telomere length maintenance genes seem to affect melanoma risk only. Our findings implicate multiple pathways in nevogenesis.


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Grupo com Ancestrais do Continente Europeu/genética , Pleiotropia Genética/genética , Melanoma/genética , Nevo Pigmentado/genética , Neoplasias Cutâneas/genética , Proteínas de Transporte/genética , Citocromo P-450 CYP1B1/genética , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Fosfolipases A2 do Grupo VI/genética , Fatores de Troca do Nucleotídeo Guanina/genética , Histona Desacetilases/genética , Humanos , Fatores Reguladores de Interferon/genética , MicroRNAs/genética , Proteínas dos Microfilamentos/genética , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/genética , Proteínas Nucleares/genética , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , RNA/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA , Receptores Acoplados a Proteínas G/genética , Proteínas Repressoras/genética , Fator de Células-Tronco/genética , Telomerase/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a Telômeros/genética
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Genome Res ; 28(11): 1621-1635, 2018 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30333196

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Most expression quantitative trait locus (eQTL) studies to date have been performed in heterogeneous tissues as opposed to specific cell types. To better understand the cell-type-specific regulatory landscape of human melanocytes, which give rise to melanoma but account for <5% of typical human skin biopsies, we performed an eQTL analysis in primary melanocyte cultures from 106 newborn males. We identified 597,335 cis-eQTL SNPs prior to linkage disequilibrium (LD) pruning and 4997 eGenes (FDR < 0.05). Melanocyte eQTLs differed considerably from those identified in the 44 GTEx tissue types, including skin. Over a third of melanocyte eGenes, including key genes in melanin synthesis pathways, were unique to melanocytes compared to those of GTEx skin tissues or TCGA melanomas. The melanocyte data set also identified trans-eQTLs, including those connecting a pigmentation-associated functional SNP with four genes, likely through cis-regulation of IRF4 Melanocyte eQTLs are enriched in cis-regulatory signatures found in melanocytes as well as in melanoma-associated variants identified through genome-wide association studies. Melanocyte eQTLs also colocalized with melanoma GWAS variants in five known loci. Finally, a transcriptome-wide association study using melanocyte eQTLs uncovered four novel susceptibility loci, where imputed expression levels of five genes (ZFP90, HEBP1, MSC, CBWD1, and RP11-383H13.1) were associated with melanoma at genome-wide significant P-values. Our data highlight the utility of lineage-specific eQTL resources for annotating GWAS findings, and present a robust database for genomic research of melanoma risk and melanocyte biology.


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Predisposição Genética para Doença , Melanócitos/metabolismo , Melanoma/genética , Locos de Características Quantitativas , Fatores de Transcrição Hélice-Alça-Hélice Básicos/genética , Proteínas de Transporte/genética , Células Cultivadas , Proteínas Ligantes de Grupo Heme , Hemeproteínas/genética , Humanos , Fatores Reguladores de Interferon/genética , Desequilíbrio de Ligação , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , Proteínas Repressoras
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BMJ Open ; 8(9): e025857, 2018 09 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30232117

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INTRODUCTION: Having many melanocytic naevi or 'moles' on the skin is the strongest predictor of melanoma; thus, much can be learnt from investigating naevi in the general population. We aim to improve the understanding of the epidemiology and biology of naevi by conducting a 3-year prospective study of melanocytic naevi in adults. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This is a population-based cohort study of melanocytic naevi in 200 adults aged 20-69 years recruited via the Australian electoral roll. At baseline, participants will complete a questionnaire on their sun behaviour and health and undergo a clinical examination. Three-dimensional (3D) total-body photography will be used to record the images of skin lesions. Pigmented naevi will be analysed in terms of number, diameter, colour and border irregularity using automated analysis software (excluding scalp, beneath underwear and soles of feet). All naevi ≥5 mm will be recorded using the integrated dermoscopy photographic system. A saliva sample will be obtained at baseline for genomic DNA analysis of pigmentation, naevus and melanoma-associated genes using the Illumina HumanCoreExome platform. The sun behaviour and health follow-up questionnaire, clinical examination and 3D total-body photography will be repeated every 6 months for 3 years. The first 50 participants will also undergo manual counts of naevi ≥2 mm and ≥5 mm at baseline, 6-month and 12-month follow-ups. Microbiopsy and excision of naevi of research interest is planned to commence at the 18-month time point among those who agree to donate samples for detailed histopathological and molecular assessment. ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: This study was approved by the Metro South Health Human Research Ethics Committee in April 2016 (approval number: HREC/16/QPAH/125). The findings will be disseminated through peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications and presentations at conferences.


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Nevo Pigmentado/diagnóstico por imagem , Nevo Pigmentado/epidemiologia , Projetos de Pesquisa , Neoplasias Cutâneas/diagnóstico por imagem , Neoplasias Cutâneas/epidemiologia , Adulto , Idoso , Austrália/epidemiologia , Biópsia , Dermoscopia , Testes Genéticos , Comportamentos de Risco à Saúde , Humanos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Nevo Pigmentado/genética , Nevo Pigmentado/patologia , Fotografação , Exame Físico , Estudos Prospectivos , Pele/patologia , Neoplasias Cutâneas/genética , Neoplasias Cutâneas/patologia , Luz Solar , Inquéritos e Questionários , Carga Tumoral , Adulto Jovem
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Behav Genet ; 48(4): 315-322, 2018 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29872974

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The extent to which correlations between personality domains and physical and psychological health generalize cross-culturally is unclear. We compared the strength of associations between the personality domains and somatic and psychological distress in Chinese (N = 2069) and a genetically informative sample of Australian (N = 2936) adolescents. We also examined the genetic and environmental etiology between personality, somatic and psychological distress in an Australian sample of 390 monozygotic twins and 698 dizygotic twins. In both populations, personality was assessed using the Junior Eysenck Personality Questionnaire. Somatic and psychological distress was assessed using the Somatic and Psychological Health Report. We found significant cultural differences in the relationship between adolescents' personality traits and somatic and psychological distress. Extraversion was positively associated with somatic distress in the Chinese but not in Australian adolescents. In the Australian twins, genetic covariation between neuroticism and somatic and psychological distress was stronger compared to the genetic associations between either psychoticism or extraversion with psychological distress.


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Grupo com Ancestrais do Continente Asiático/psicologia , Extroversão Psicológica , Neuroticismo , Grupo com Ancestrais Oceânicos/psicologia , Estresse Fisiológico , Estresse Psicológico/psicologia , Adolescente , Correlação de Dados , Comparação Transcultural , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Modelos Genéticos , Fenótipo , Psicologia do Adolescente , Estudos em Gêmeos como Assunto , Gêmeos Dizigóticos/genética , Gêmeos Monozigóticos/genética
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J Alzheimers Dis ; 64(1): 49-54, 2018.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29865051

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Cohort studies investigating aging and dementia require APOE genotyping. We compared directly measured APOE genotypes to 'hard-call' genotypes derived from imputing genome-wide genotyping data from a range of platforms using several imputation panels. Older GWAS arrays imputed to 1000 Genomes Project (1KGP) phases and the Haplotype Reference Consortium (HRC) reference panels were able to achieve concordance rates of over 98% with stringent quality control (hard-call-threshold 0.8). However, this resulted in high levels of missingness (>12% with 1KGP and 5% with HRC). With recent GWAS arrays, concordance of 99% could be obtained with relatively lenient QC, resulting in no missingness.


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Apolipoproteínas E/genética , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único/genética , Doença de Alzheimer/genética , Estudos de Coortes , Feminino , Frequência do Gene , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Genótipo , Humanos , Masculino
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