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Introduction: The levels of many blood proteins are associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) or its pathological hallmarks. Elucidating the molecular factors that control circulating levels of these proteins may help to identify proteins associated with disease risk mechanisms.
Methods: Genome-wide and epigenome-wide studies (n individuals ≤1064) were performed on plasma levels of 282 AD-associated proteins, identified by a structured literature review. Bayesian penalized regression estimated contributions of genetic and epigenetic variation toward inter-individual differences in plasma protein levels. Mendelian randomization (MR) and co-localization tested associations between proteins and disease-related phenotypes.
Results: Sixty-four independent genetic and 26 epigenetic loci were associated with 45 proteins. Novel findings included an association between plasma triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 2 (TREM2) levels and a polymorphism and cytosine-phosphate-guanine (CpG) site within the MS4A4A locus. Higher plasma tubulin-specific chaperone A (TBCA) and TREM2 levels were significantly associated with lower AD risk.
Discussion: Our data inform the regulation of biomarker levels and their relationships with AD.
|Journal||Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring|
|Publication status||Published - 20 Apr 2022|
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1/06/21 → 31/05/26
- 1 Doctoral Thesis
Hillary, R., 2021
Research output: Thesis › Doctoral Thesis