Exploring the phenotypic consequences of tissue specific gene expression variation inferred from GWAS summary statistics

Alvaro N. Barbeira, Scott P. Dickinson, Rodrigo Bonazzola, Jiamao Zheng, Heather E. Wheeler, Jason M. Torres, Eric S. Torstenson, Kaanan P. Shah, Tzintzuni Garcia, Todd L. Edwards, Eli A. Stahl, Laura M. Huckins, François Aguet, Kristin G. Ardlie, Beryl B. Cummings, Ellen T. Gelfand, Gad Getz, Kane Hadley, Robert E. Handsaker, Katherine H. HuangSeva Kashin, Konrad J. Karczewski, Monkol Lek, Xiao Li, Daniel G. MacArthur, Jared L. Nedzel, Duyen T. Nguyen, Michael S. Noble, Ayellet V. Segrè, Casandra A. Trowbridge, Taru Tukiainen, Nathan S. Abell, Brunilda Balliu, Ruth Barshir, Omer Basha, Alexis Battle, Gireesh K. Bogu, Andrew Brown, Christopher D. Brown, Stephane E. Castel, Lin S. Chen, Colby Chiang, Donald F. Conrad, Farhan N. Damani, Joe R. Davis, Olivier Delaneau, Emmanouil T. Dermitzakis, Barbara E. Engelhardt, Eleazar Eskin, Pedro G. Ferreira, Laure Frésard, Eric R. Gamazon, Diego Garrido-Martín, Ariel D.H. Gewirtz, Genna Gliner, Michael J. Gloudemans, Roderic Guigo, Ira M. Hall, Buhm Han, Yuan He, Farhad Hormozdiari, Cedric Howald, Brian Jo, Eun Yong Kang, Yungil Kim, Sarah Kim-Hellmuth, Tuuli Lappalainen, Gen Li, Xin Li, Boxiang Liu, Serghei Mangul, Mark I. McCarthy, Ian C. McDowell, Pejman Mohammadi, Jean Monlong, Stephen B. Montgomery, Manuel Muñoz-Aguirre, Anne W. Ndungu, Andrew B. Nobel, Meritxell Oliva, Halit Ongen, John J. Palowitch, Nikolaos Panousis, Panagiotis Papasaikas, Yo Son Park, Princy Parsana, Anthony J. Payne, Christine B. Peterson, Jie Quan, Ferran Reverter, Chiara Sabatti, Ashis Saha, Michael Sammeth, Alexandra J. Scott, Andrey A. Shabalin, Reza Sodaei, Matthew Stephens, Barbara E. Stranger, Benjamin J. Strober, Jae Hoon Sul, Emily K. Tsang, Sarah Urbut, Martijn Van De Bunt, Gao Wang, Xiaoquan Wen, Fred A. Wright, Hualin S. Xi, Esti Yeger-Lotem, Zachary Zappala, Judith B. Zaugg, Yi Hui Zhou, Joshua M. Akey, Daniel Bates, Joanne Chan, Melina Claussnitzer, Kathryn Demanelis, Morgan Diegel, Jennifer A. Doherty, Andrew P. Feinberg, Marian S. Fernando, Jessica Halow, Kasper D. Hansen, Eric Haugen, Peter F. Hickey, Lei Hou, Farzana Jasmine, Ruiqi Jian, Lihua Jiang, Audra Johnson, Rajinder Kaul, Manolis Kellis, Muhammad G. Kibriya, Kristen Lee, Jin Billy Li, Qin Li, Jessica Lin, Shin Lin, Sandra Linder, Caroline Linke, Yaping Liu, Matthew T. Maurano, Benoit Molinie, Jemma Nelson, Fidencio J. Neri, Yongjin Park, Brandon L. Pierce, Nicola J. Rinaldi, Lindsay F. Rizzardi, Richard Sandstrom, Andrew Skol, Kevin S. Smith, Michael P. Snyder, John Stamatoyannopoulos, Hua Tang, Li Wang, Meng Wang, Nicholas Van Wittenberghe, Fan Wu, Rui Zhang, Concepcion R. Nierras, Philip A. Branton, Latarsha J. Carithers, Ping Guan, Helen M. Moore, Abhi Rao, Jimmie B. Vaught, Sarah E. Gould, Nicole C. Lockart, Casey Martin, Jeffery P. Struewing, Simona Volpi, Anjene M. Addington, Susan E. Koester, A. Roger Little, Lori E. Brigham, Richard Hasz, Marcus Hunter, Christopher Johns, Mark Johnson, Gene Kopen, William F. Leinweber, John T. Lonsdale, Alisa McDonald, Bernadette Mestichelli, Kevin Myer, Brian Roe, Michael Salvatore, Saboor Shad, Jeffrey A. Thomas, Gary Walters, Michael Washington, Joseph Wheeler, Jason Bridge, Barbara A. Foster, Bryan M. Gillard, Ellen Karasik, Rachna Kumar, Mark Miklos, Michael T. Moser, Scott D. Jewell, Robert G. Montroy, Daniel C. Rohrer, Dana R. Valley, David A. Davis, Deborah C. Mash, Anita H. Undale, Anna M. Smith, David E. Tabor, Nancy V. Roche, Jeffrey A. McLean, Negin Vatanian, Karna L. Robinson, Leslie Sobin, Mary E. Barcus, Kimberly M. Valentino, Liqun Qi, Steven Hunter, Pushpa Hariharan, Shilpi Singh, Ki Sung Um, Takunda Matose, Maria M. Tomaszewski, Laura K. Barker, Maghboeba Mosavel, Laura A. Siminoff, Heather M. Traino, Paul Flicek, Thomas Juettemann, Magali Ruffier, Dan Sheppard, Kieron Taylor, Stephen J. Trevanion, Daniel R. Zerbino, Brian Craft, Mary Goldman, Maximilian Haeussler, W. James Kent, Christopher M. Lee, Benedict Paten, Kate R. Rosenbloom, John Vivian, Jingchun Zhu, Dan L. Nicolae, Nancy J. Cox, Hae Kyung Im

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Abstract

Scalable, integrative methods to understand mechanisms that link genetic variants with phenotypes are needed. Here we derive a mathematical expression to compute PrediXcan (a gene mapping approach) results using summary data (S-PrediXcan) and show its accuracy and general robustness to misspecified reference sets. We apply this framework to 44 GTEx tissues and 100+ phenotypes from GWAS and meta-analysis studies, creating a growing public catalog of associations that seeks to capture the effects of gene expression variation on human phenotypes. Replication in an independent cohort is shown. Most of the associations are tissue specific, suggesting context specificity of the trait etiology. Colocalized significant associations in unexpected tissues underscore the need for an agnostic scanning of multiple contexts to improve our ability to detect causal regulatory mechanisms. Monogenic disease genes are enriched among significant associations for related traits, suggesting that smaller alterations of these genes may cause a spectrum of milder phenotypes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1825
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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    Barbeira, A. N., Dickinson, S. P., Bonazzola, R., Zheng, J., Wheeler, H. E., Torres, J. M., Torstenson, E. S., Shah, K. P., Garcia, T., Edwards, T. L., Stahl, E. A., Huckins, L. M., Aguet, F., Ardlie, K. G., Cummings, B. B., Gelfand, E. T., Getz, G., Hadley, K., Handsaker, R. E., ... Im, H. K. (2018). Exploring the phenotypic consequences of tissue specific gene expression variation inferred from GWAS summary statistics. Nature communications, 9(1), [1825]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-03621-1