Genome-wide association study of 23,500 individuals identifies 7 loci associated with brain ventricular volume

Dina Vojinovic, Hieab Adams, XQ Jian, Q Yang, AV Smith, JC Bis, A Teumer, M Scholz, NJ Armstrong, E Hofer, Y Saba, M Luciano, M Bernard, S Trompet, JY Yang, NA Gillespie, Sven van der Lee, Alexander Neumann, Shahzad Ahmad, OA AndreassenD Ames, Najaf Amin, K Arfanakis, ME Bastin, DM Becker, AS Beiser, F Beyer, H Brodaty, RN Bryan, R Bulow, AM Dale, PL De Jager, IJ Deary, C DeCarli, DA Fleischman, RF Gottesman, J van der Grond, V Gudnason, TB Harris, G Homuth, DS Knopman, JB Kwok, CE Lewis, S Li, M Loeffler, OL Lopez, P Maillard, Hanan El Marroun, KA Mather, TH Mosley, Ryan Muetzel, M Nauck, PA Nyquist, MS Panizzon, Z Pausova, BM Psaty, K Rice, JI Rotter, N Royle, CL Satizabal, R Schmidt, PR Schofield, PJ Schreiner, S Sidney, DJ Stott, A Thalamuthu, André Uitterlinden, MCV Hernandez, Meike Vernooij, W Wen, Tonya White, AV Witte, K Wittfeld, MJ Wright, LR Yanek, Henning Tiemeier, WS Kremen, DA Bennett, JW Jukema, T Paus, JM Wardlaw, H Schmidt, PS Sachdev, A Villringer, HJ Grabe, WT Longstreth, Cornelia Duijn, LJ Launer, S Seshadri, Arfan Ikram, M Fornage

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Abstract The volume of the lateral ventricles (LV) increases with age and their abnormal enlargement is a key feature of several neurological and psychiatric diseases. Although lateral ventricular volume is heritable, a comprehensive investigation of its genetic determinants is lacking. In this meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies of 23,533 healthy middle-aged to elderly individuals from 26 population-based cohorts, we identify 7 genetic loci associated with LV volume. These loci map to chromosomes 3q28, 7p22.3, 10p12.31, 11q23.1, 12q23.3, 16q24.2, and 22q13.1 and implicate pathways related to tau pathology, S1P signaling, and cytoskeleton organization. We also report a significant genetic overlap between the thalamus and LV volumes (?genetic?=?-0.59, p-value?=?3.14?×?10-6), suggesting that these brain structures may share a common biology. These genetic associations of LV volume provide insights into brain morphology
Original languageEnglish
Article number3945
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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  • EMC MM-01-39-09-A
  • EMC NIHES-01-64-02
  • EMC NIHES-03-30-02
  • EMC ONWAR-01-58-02


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