Nov 15, 2019

Genome Wide Meta-Analysis identifies common genetic signatures shared by heart function and Alzheimer's disease

Scientific Reports
M E SáezA Ruiz

Abstract

Echocardiography has become an indispensable tool for the study of heart performance, improving the monitoring of individuals with cardiac diseases. Diverse genetic factors associated with echocardiographic measures have been previously reported. The impact of several apoptotic genes in heart development identified in experimental models prompted us to assess their potential association with human cardiac function. This study aimed at investigating the possible association of variants of apoptotic genes with echocardiographic traits and to identify new genetic markers associated with cardiac function. Genome wide data from different studies were obtained from public repositories. After quality control and imputation, a meta-analysis of individual association study results was performed. Our results confirmed the role of caspases and other apoptosis related genes with cardiac phenotypes. Moreover, enrichment analysis showed an over-representation of genes, including some apoptotic regulators, associated with Alzheimer's disease. We further explored this unexpected observation which was confirmed by genetic correlation analyses. Our findings show the association of apoptotic gene variants with echocardiographic indicators of hear...Continue Reading

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Biological Markers
Study
Laboratory Procedures
Meta Analysis (Statistical Procedure)
Genome
Genes
Alzheimer's Disease
Echocardiography
Apoptosis
Monitoring - Action

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