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Heritability of anterior chamber depth as an intermediate phenotype of angle-closure in Chinese: the Guangzhou Twin Eye Study


He, M and Wang, D and Zheng, Y and Zhang, J and Yin, Q and Huang, W and Mackey, DA and Foster, PJ, Heritability of anterior chamber depth as an intermediate phenotype of angle-closure in Chinese: the Guangzhou Twin Eye Study, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 49, (1) pp. 81-86. ISSN 0146-0404 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1167/iovs.07-1052


PURPOSE: To assess the heritability of anterior chamber depth (ACD) and relative anterior chamber depth (ACD/axial length, rACD) in Chinese in a classic twin study. METHODS: Twins aged 7 to 15 years living in two local districts were recruited from the Guangzhou Twin Registry. Anterior chamber depth and axial length were measured by partial coherence laser interferometry. Zygosity in all same-sex twin pairs was confirmed by genotyping with 16 polymorphic markers. The phenotypes of the right eyes were used in analysis. Heritability was assessed by structural variance component genetic modeling. RESULTS: In total, 1126 twin participants were available for analysis, including 357 monozygotic (MZ) and 206 dizygotic (DZ) twin pairs. ACD increased with age (0.036 mm per year, P < 0.001) and 0.09 mm shallower in the girls than in the boys (P < 0.001). Age- and sex-adjusted intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) for ACD were 0.92 for the MZ and 0.50 for the DZ twins; those for rACD were 0.89 for the MZ and 0.52 for the DZ twins. The best-fitting model yielded 90.1% (95% CI: 88.2%-91.7%) of additive genetic and 9.9% (95% CI: 8.3%-11.8%) of unique environmental effects for ACD and 89.2% (95% CI: 87.1%-90.9%) of additive genetic and 10.8% (95% CI: 9.1%-12.9%) of unique environmental effects for rACD. CONCLUSIONS: Additive genetic effects appear to be the major contributor to the variation of ACD and rACD in Chinese population. High heritability remained even when the data were corrected for the influence of myopia

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Ophthalmology and optometry
Research Field:Ophthalmology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Mackey, DA (Professor David Mackey)
ID Code:52932
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:37
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2008-10-13
Last Modified:2009-03-17

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