The association of previously reported polymorphisms for microvascular complications in a meta-analysis of diabetic retinopathy.

Kleins Lab // Publications // Feb 01 2015

PubMed ID: 25487307

Author(s): Hosseini SM, Boright AP, Sun L, Canty AJ, Bull SB, Klein BE, Klein R; DCCT/EDIC Research Group, Paterson AD. The association of previously reported polymorphisms for microvascular complications in a meta-analysis of diabetic retinopathy. Hum Genet. 2015 Feb;134(2):247-57. doi: 10.1007/s00439-014-1517-2. Epub 2014 Dec 7. Review. PMID 25487307

Journal: Human Genetics, Volume 134, Issue 2, Feb 2015

We investigated the association of signals from previous GWAS and candidate gene meta-analyses for diabetic retinopathy (DR) or nephropathy (DN), as well as an EPO variant in meta-analyses of severe (SDR) and mild diabetic retinopathy (MDR). Meta-analyses of SDR (≥severe non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) or history of panretinal photocoagulation) and MDR (≥mild NPDR), defined based on seven-field stereoscopic fundus photographs, were performed in two well-characterized type 1 diabetes (T1D) cohorts: the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial/Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (DCCT/EDIC, n = 1,304) and Wisconsin Epidemiologic Study of Diabetic Retinopathy (WESDR, n = 603). Among 34 previous signals for DR, after controlling for multiple testing, no association was replicated in our meta-analyses. rs1571942 and rs12219125 at PLXDC2 locus showed nominally significant ( 0.05). Lack of replication of previous DR hits and EPO despite reasonable statistical power implies that many of these may be false positives. Consistent with pleiotropy, we provide suggestive collective evidence for association between DR and variants previously associated with DN without reaching statistical significance at any single locus.