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American Journal of Human Genetics, (2020) pg 389-404
Leukocyte telomere length (LTL) is a heritable biomarker of genomic aging. In this study, we perform a genome-wide meta-analysis of LTL by pooling densely genotyped and imputed association results across large-scale European-descent studies including up to 78,592 individuals. We identify 49 genomic regions at a false dicovery rate (FDR) < 0.05 threshold and prioritize genes at 31, with five highlighting nucleotide metabolism as an important regulator of LTL. We report six genome-wide significant loci in or near SENP7, MOB1B, CARMIL1, PRRC2A, TERF2, and RFWD3, and our results support recently identified PARP1, POT1, ATM, and MPHOSPH6 loci. Phenome-wide analyses in >350,000 UK Biobank participants suggest that genetically shorter telomere length increases the risk of hypothyroidism and decreases the risk of thyroid cancer, lymphoma, and a range of proliferative conditions. Our results replicate previously reported associations with increased risk of coronary artery disease and lower risk for multiple cancer types. Our findings substantially expand current knowledge on genes that regulate LTL and their impact on human health and disease.
Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine and Head of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge
Professor John Danesh is Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine and Head of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge. Alongside his role as Research...
Dr Adam Butterworth
University of Cambridge
Following training in Genetics at the University of Cambridge and Genetic Epidemiology at the University of Sheffield, Adam completed a PhD in meta-analysis of genetic association studies of...