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Hum Mol Genet. 2014 Aug 1;23(15):4177-84. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddu135. Epub 2014 Mar 27.

IgA measurements in over 12 000 Swedish twins reveal sex differential heritability and regulatory locus near CD30L.

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1
Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
2
Department of Laboratory Medicine.
3
Rheumatology Unit, Department of Medicine and.
4
Institute of Environmental Medicine and Centre for Allergy Research, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden Sachś Children and Youth Hospital, Södersjukhuset, Stockholm, Sweden.
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Institute of Environmental Medicine and Centre for Allergy Research, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
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Institute of Environmental Medicine and Centre for Allergy Research, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden Department of Clinical Science and Education, Södersjukhuset, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden Sachś Children and Youth Hospital, Södersjukhuset, Stockholm, Sweden.
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Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, patrik.magnusson@ki.se.

Abstract

In a broad attempt to improve the understanding of the genetic regulation of serum IgA levels, the heritability was estimated in over 12 000 Swedish twins, and a genome-wide association study was conducted in a subsample of 9617. Using the classical twin model the heritability was found to be significantly larger among females (61%) compared with males (21%), while contribution from shared environment (20%) was only seen for males. By modeling the genetic relationship matrix with IgA levels, we estimate that a substantial proportion (31%) of variance in IgA levels can ultimately be explained by the investigated SNPs. The genome-wide association study revealed significant association to two loci: (i) rs6928791 located on chromosome 6, 22 kb upstream of the gene SAM and SH3 domain containing 1 (SASH1) and (ii) rs13300483 on chromosome 9, situated 12 kb downstream the CD30 ligand (CD30L) encoding gene. The association to rs13300483 was replicated in two additional independent Swedish materials. The heritability of IgA levels is moderate and can partly be attributable to common variation in the CD30L locus.

PMID:
24676358
PMCID:
PMC4082371
DOI:
10.1093/hmg/ddu135
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