Send to

Choose Destination
Thromb Haemost. 2013 Nov;110(5):995-1003. doi: 10.1160/TH13-02-0087. Epub 2013 Aug 29.

Gene-centric association signals for haemostasis and thrombosis traits identified with the HumanCVD BeadChip.

Author information

MRC Centre for Causal Analyses in Translational Epidemiology, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Oakfield House, Oakfield Grove, Bristol BS8 2BN, UK.
University College London Genetics Institute, Department of Genetics, Environment and Evolution, Gower St, London WC1E 6BT, UK.
Genetic Epidemiology Group, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, 1-19 Torrington Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK.
Centre for Cardiovascular Genetics, Institute of Cardiovascular Science, University College London, 5 University St, London WC1E 6JF, UK.
Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT, UK.
Institute of Cardiovascular Science, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, UK.
Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences, Room 335, BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre, University of Glasgow, 126 University Place, Glasgow, G12 8TA, UK.
Quantitative Sciences, GlaxoSmithKline, Stevenage, UK.
Contributed equally


Coagulation phenotypes show strong intercorrelations, affect cardiovascular disease risk and are influenced by genetic variants. The objective of this study was to search for novel genetic variants influencing the following coagulation phenotypes: factor VII levels, fibrinogen levels, plasma viscosity and platelet count. We genotyped the British Women's Heart and Health Study (n=3,445) and the Whitehall II study (n=5,059) using the Illumina HumanCVD BeadArray to investigate genetic associations and pleiotropy. In addition to previously reported associations (SH2B3, F7/F10, PROCR, GCKR, FGA/FGB/FGG, IL5), we identified novel associations at GRK5 (rs10128498, p=1.30x10(-6)), GCKR (rs1260326, p=1.63x10(-6)), ZNF259-APOA5 (rs651821, p=7.17x10(-6)) with plasma viscosity; and at CSF1 (rs333948, p=8.88x10(-6)) with platelet count. A pleiotropic effect was identified in GCKR which associated with factor VII (p=2.16x10(-7)) and plasma viscosity (p=1.63x10(-6)), and, to a lesser extent, ZNF259-APOA5 which also associated with factor VII and fibrinogen (p<1.00x10-²) and plasma viscosity (p<1.00x10(-5)). Triglyceride associated variants were overrepresented in factor VII and plasma viscosity associations. Adjusting for triglyceride levels resulted in attenuation of associations at the GCKR and ZNF259-APOA5 loci. In addition to confirming previously reported associations, we identified four single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with plasma viscosity and platelet count and found evidence of pleiotropic effects with SNPs in GCKR and ZNF259-APOA5. These triglyceride-associated, pleiotropic SNPs suggest a possible causal role for triglycerides in coagulation.


Haemostasis; HumanCVD; clotting factors; genetic association; thrombosis

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart, New York Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center