Analysis of predicted loss-of-function variants in UK Biobank identifies variants protective for disease

Connor A. Emdin, Amit V. Khera, Mark Chaffin, Derek Klarin, Pradeep Natarajan, Krishna Aragam, Mary Haas, Alexander Bick, Seyedeh M. Zekavat, Akihiro Nomura, Diego Ardissino, James G. Wilson, Heribert Schunkert, Ruth McPherson, Hugh Watkins, Roberto Elosua, Matthew J. Bown, Nilesh J. Samani, Usman Baber, Jeanette ErdmannNamrata Gupta, John Danesh, Daniel Chasman, Paul Ridker, Joshua Denny, Lisa Bastarache, Judith H. Lichtman, Gail D'Onofrio, Jennifer Mattera, John A. Spertus, Wayne H.H. Sheu, Kent D. Taylor, Bruce M. Psaty, Stephen S. Rich, Wendy Post, Jerome I. Rotter, Yii Der Ida Chen, Harlan Krumholz, Danish Saleheen, Stacey Gabriel, Sekar Kathiresan

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Abstract

Less than 3% of protein-coding genetic variants are predicted to result in loss of protein function through the introduction of a stop codon, frameshift, or the disruption of an essential splice site; however, such predicted loss-of-function (pLOF) variants provide insight into effector transcript and direction of biological effect. In >400,000 UK Biobank participants, we conduct association analyses of 3759 pLOF variants with six metabolic traits, six cardiometabolic diseases, and twelve additional diseases. We identified 18 new low-frequency or rare (allele frequency < 5%) pLOF variant-phenotype associations. pLOF variants in the gene GPR151 protect against obesity and type 2 diabetes, in the gene IL33 against asthma and allergic disease, and in the gene IFIH1 against hypothyroidism. In the gene PDE3B, pLOF variants associate with elevated height, improved body fat distribution and protection from coronary artery disease. Our findings prioritize genes for which pharmacologic mimics of pLOF variants may lower risk for disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1613
JournalNature communications
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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