Author(s): Yazar S, Mishra A, Ang W, Kearns LS, Mountain JA, Pennell C, Montgomery GW, Young TL, Hammond CJ, Macgregor S, Mackey DA, Hewitt AW. Interrogation of the platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha locus and corneal astigmatism in Australians of Northern European ancestry: results of a genome-wide association study. Mol Vis. 2013 Jun 6;19:1238-46. Print 2013. PMID 23761726
Journal: Molecular Vision, Volume 19, 2013
PURPOSE Corneal astigmatism is a common eye disorder characterized by irregularities in corneal curvature. Recently, the rs7677751 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) at the platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRA) locus was found to be associated with corneal astigmatism in people of Asian ancestry. In the present study, we sought to replicate this finding and identify other genetic markers of corneal astigmatism in an Australian population of Northern European ancestry.
METHODS Data from two cohorts were included in this study. The first cohort consisted of 1,013 individuals who were part of the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study: 20-year follow-up Eye Study. The second cohort comprised 1,788 individuals of 857 twin families who were recruited through the Twins Eye Study in Tasmania and the Brisbane Adolescent Twin Study. Corneal astigmatism was calculated as the absolute difference between the keratometry readings in two meridians, and genotype data were extracted from genome-wide arrays. Initially, each cohort was analyzed separately, before being combined for meta- and subsequent genome-wide pathway analysis.
RESULTS Following meta-analysis, SNP rs7677751 at the PDGFRA locus had a combined p=0.32. No variant was found to be statistically significantly associated with corneal astigmatism at the genome-wide level (p<5.0×10(-8)). The SNP with strongest association was rs1164064 (p=1.86×10(-6)) on chromosome 3q13. Gene-based pathway analysis identified a significant association between the Gene Ontology "segmentation" (GO:0035282) pathway, corrected p=0.009.
CONCLUSIONS Our data suggest that the PDGFRA locus does not transfer a major risk of corneal astigmatism in people of Northern European ancestry. Better-powered studies are required to validate the novel putative findings of our study.