Abstract / Description of output
The "omnigenic" hypothesis postulates that the polygenic effects of common SNPs on a typical complex trait are mediated through trans-effects on expression of a relatively sparse set of effector ("core") genes. We tested this hypothesis in a study of 4,964 cases of type 1 diabetes (T1D) and 7,497 controls by using summary statistics to calculate aggregated (excluding the HLA region) trans-scores for gene expression in blood. From associations of T1D with aggregated trans-scores, nine putative core genes were identified, of which three-STAT1, CTLA4 and FOXP3-are genes in which variants cause monogenic forms of autoimmune diabetes. Seven of these genes affect the activity of regulatory T cells, and two are involved in immune responses to microbial lipids. Four T1D-associated genomic regions could be identified as master regulators via trans-effects on gene expression. These results support the sparse effector hypothesis and reshape our understanding of the genetic architecture of T1D.
Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)
- Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1/genetics
- Genetic Predisposition to Disease
- Multifactorial Inheritance
- Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide/genetics
- Quantitative Trait Loci/genetics
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Trans-eQTL effects on risk of type 1 diabetes: a test of the sparse effector (omnigenic) hypothesis of complex trait genetics (supplementary data)
Iakovliev, A. (Creator), McGurnaghan, S. (Researcher), Hayward, C. (Producer), Colombo, M. (Researcher), Lipschutz, D. (Researcher), Spiliopoulou, A. (Researcher), Colhoun, H. (Project Leader) & McKeigue, P. (Project Leader), Zenodo, 30 Mar 2023