Genome-wide association study identifies six new loci influencing pulse pressure and mean arterial pressure

AortaGen Consortium, CardioGram, KidneyGen Consortium, CKDGen Consortium, CHARGE Consortium Heart Failure, EchoGen Consortium, Cardiogenics Consortium, LifeLines Cohort Study, Louise V. Wain, Germaine C. Verwoert, Paul F. O'Reilly, Gang Shi, Toby Johnson, Andrew D. Johnson, Murielle Bochud, Kenneth M. Rice, Peter Henneman, Albert V. Smith, Georg B. Ehret, Najaf Amin, Martin G. Larson, Vincent Mooser, David Hadley, Marcus Doerr, Joshua C. Bis, Thor Aspelund, Tonu EskoA. Cecile J. W. Janssens, Jing Hua Zhao, Simon Heath, Maris Laan, Jingyuan Fu, Giorgio Pistis, Jian'an Luan, Pankaj Arora, Gavin Lucas, Nicola Pirastu, Irene Pichler, Anne U. Jackson, Rebecca J. Webster, Feng Zhang, John F. Peden, Helena Schmidt, Toshiko Tanaka, Harry Campbell, Wilmar Igl, Yuri Milaneschi, Jouke-Jan Hottenga, Veronique Vitart, Lorna M. Lopez, Pau Navarro, Sarah H. Wild, Gail Davies, John Starr, Igor Rudan, Caroline Hayward, Ian J. Deary, James F. Wilson

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Numerous genetic loci have been associated with systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) in Europeans(1-3). We now report genome-wide association studies of pulse pressure (PP) and mean arterial pressure (MAP). In discovery (N = 74,064) and follow-up studies (N = 48,607), we identified at genome-wide significance (P = 2.7 x 10(-8) to P = 2.3 x 10(-13)) four new PP loci (at 4q12 near CHIC2, 7q22.3 near PIK3CG, 8q24.12 in NOV and 11q24.3 near ADAMTS8), two new MAP loci (3p21.31 in MAP4 and 10q25.3 near ADRB1) and one locus associated with both of these traits (2q24.3 near FIGN) that has also recently been associated with SBP in east Asians. For three of the new PP loci, the estimated effect for SBP was opposite of that for DBP, in contrast to the majority of common SBP- and DBP-associated variants, which show concordant effects on both traits. These findings suggest new genetic pathways underlying blood pressure variation, some of which may differentially influence SBP and DBP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1005-11
Number of pages7
JournalNature Genetics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • RISK
  • GENE
  • MICE


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