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Am J Hum Genet ; 105(1): 89-107, 2019 Jul 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31204013


Deciphering the impact of genetic variation on gene regulation is fundamental to understanding common, complex human diseases. Although histone modifications are important markers of gene regulatory elements of the genome, any specific histone modification has not been assayed in more than a few individuals in the human liver. As a result, the effects of genetic variation on histone modification states in the liver are poorly understood. Here, we generate the most comprehensive genome-wide dataset of two epigenetic marks, H3K4me3 and H3K27ac, and annotate thousands of putative regulatory elements in the human liver. We integrate these findings with genome-wide gene expression data collected from the same human liver tissues and high-resolution promoter-focused chromatin interaction maps collected from human liver-derived HepG2 cells. We demonstrate widespread functional consequences of natural genetic variation on putative regulatory element activity and gene expression levels. Leveraging these extensive datasets, we fine-map a total of 74 GWAS loci that have been associated with at least one complex phenotype. Our results reveal a repertoire of genes and regulatory mechanisms governing complex disease development and further the basic understanding of genetic and epigenetic regulation of gene expression in the human liver tissue.

Nat Commun ; 10(1): 1260, 2019 03 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30890710


Osteoporosis is a devastating disease with an essential genetic component. GWAS have discovered genetic signals robustly associated with bone mineral density (BMD), but not the precise localization of effector genes. Here, we carry out physical and direct variant to gene mapping in human mesenchymal progenitor cell-derived osteoblasts employing a massively parallel, high resolution Capture C based method in order to simultaneously characterize the genome-wide interactions of all human promoters. By intersecting our Capture C and ATAC-seq data, we observe consistent contacts between candidate causal variants and putative target gene promoters in open chromatin for ~ 17% of the 273 BMD loci investigated. Knockdown of two novel implicated genes, ING3 at 'CPED1-WNT16' and EPDR1 at 'STARD3NL', inhibits osteoblastogenesis, while promoting adipogenesis. This approach therefore aids target discovery in osteoporosis, here on the example of two relevant genes involved in the fate determination of mesenchymal progenitors, and can be applied to other common genetic diseases.

Densidade Óssea/genética , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Osteoporose/genética , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas/genética , Adipogenia/genética , Adulto , Diferenciação Celular/genética , Mapeamento Cromossômico , Feminino , Técnicas de Silenciamento de Genes , Loci Gênicos/genética , Células Hep G2 , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Humanos , Masculino , Proteínas de Membrana/genética , Células-Tronco Mesenquimais , Proteínas de Neoplasias/genética , Osteoblastos/fisiologia , Osteogênese/genética , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , Cultura Primária de Células , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas/genética , RNA Interferente Pequeno/metabolismo , Proteínas Supressoras de Tumor/genética , Proteínas Wnt/genética , Adulto Jovem
Diabetologia ; 59(11): 2360-2368, 2016 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27539148


AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: One of the most strongly associated type 2 diabetes loci reported to date resides within the TCF7L2 gene. Previous studies point to the T allele of rs7903146 in intron 3 as the causal variant at this locus. We aimed to identify the actual gene(s) under the influence of this variant. METHODS: Using clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein-9 nuclease, we generated a 1.4 kb deletion of the genomic region harbouring rs7903146 in the HCT116 cell line, followed by global gene expression analysis. We then carried out a combination of circularised chromosome conformation capture (4C) and Capture C in cell lines, HCT116 and NCM460 in order to ascertain which promoters of these perturbed genes made consistent physical contact with this genomic region. RESULTS: We observed 99 genes with significant differential expression (false discovery rate [FDR] cut-off:10%) and an effect size of at least twofold. The subsequent promoter contact analyses revealed just one gene, ACSL5, which resides in the same topologically associating domain as TCF7L2. The generation of additional, smaller deletions (66 bp and 104 bp) comprising rs7903146 showed consistently reduced ACSL5 mRNA levels across all three deletions of up to 30-fold, with commensurate loss of acyl-CoA synthetase long-chain family member 5 (ACSL5) protein. Notably, the deletion of this single-nucleotide polymorphism region abolished significantly detectable chromatin contacts with the ACSL5 promoter. We went on to confirm that contacts between rs7903146 and the ACSL5 promoter regions were conserved in human colon tissue. ACSL5 encodes ACSL5, an enzyme with known roles in fatty acid metabolism. CONCLUSIONS/INTERPRETATION: This 'variant to gene mapping' effort implicates the genomic location harbouring rs7903146 as a regulatory region for ACSL5.

Coenzima A Ligases/genética , Coenzima A Ligases/metabolismo , Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 2/genética , Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 2/metabolismo , Proteína 2 Semelhante ao Fator 7 de Transcrição/genética , Proteína 2 Semelhante ao Fator 7 de Transcrição/metabolismo , Western Blotting , Proteínas Associadas a CRISPR/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular , Cromatina/genética , Cromatina/metabolismo , Colo/metabolismo , Células HCT116 , Humanos , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único/genética , RNA Interferente Pequeno , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase Via Transcriptase Reversa