A genome-wide admixture scan for ancestry-linked genes predisposing to sarcoidosis in African-Americans

B. A. Rybicki, A. M. Levin, P. McKeigue, I. Datta, C. Gray-McGuire, M. Colombo, D. Reich, R. R. Burke, M. C. Iannuzzi

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Genome-wide linkage and association studies have uncovered variants associated with sarcoidosis, a multiorgan granulomatous inflammatory disease. African ancestry may influence disease pathogenesis, as African-Americans are more commonly affected by sarcoidosis. Therefore, we conducted the first sarcoidosis genome-wide ancestry scan using a map of 1384 highly ancestry-informative single-nucleotide polymorphisms genotyped on 1357 sarcoidosis cases and 703 unaffected controls self-identified as African-American. The most significant ancestry association was at marker rs11966463 on chromosome 6p22.3 (ancestry association risk ratio (aRR) = 1.90; P = 0.0002). When we restricted the analysis to biopsy-confirmed cases, the aRR for this marker increased to 2.01; P = 0.00007. Among the eight other markers that demonstrated suggestive ancestry associations with sarcoidosis were rs1462906 on chromosome 8p12, which had the most significant association with European ancestry (aRR = 0.65; P = 0.002), and markers on chromosomes 5p13 (aRR = 1.46; P = 0.005) and 5q31 (aRR = 0.67; P = 0.005), which correspond to regions we previously identified through sib-pair linkage analyses. Overall, the most significant ancestry association for Scadding stage IV cases was to marker rs7919137 on chromosome 10p11.22 (aRR = 0.27; P = 2 x 10(-5)), a region not associated with disease susceptibility. In summary, through admixture mapping of sarcoidosis we have confirmed previous genetic linkages and identified several novel putative candidate loci for sarcoidosis. Genes and Immunity (2011) 12, 67-77; doi:10.1038/gene.2010.56; published online 23 December 2010

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-77
Number of pages11
JournalGenes and Immunity
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011


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