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Common genetic determinants of intraocular pressure and primary open-angle Glaucoma


Van Koolwijk, LME and Ramdas, WD and Ikram, MK and Jansonius, NM and Pasutto, F and Hysi, PG and MacGregor, S and Janssen, SF and Hewitt, A and Viswanathan, AC and Ten Brink, JB and Hosseini, SM and Amin, N and Despriet, DDG and Willemse-Assink, JJM and Kramer, R and Rivadeneira, FF and Struchalin, MV and Aulchenko, YS and Weisschuh, N and Zenkel, M and Mardin, CY and Gramer, E and Welge-Lussen, UC and Montgomery, GW and Carbonaro, F and Young, T and Bellenguez, C and McGuffin, PW and Foster, PJF and Topouzis, F and Mitchell, PG and Wang, J and Wong, T and Czudowska, MA and Hoffman, AF and Uitterlinden, AG and Wolfs, RCW and De Jong, PTVM and Oostra, BA and Paterson, AD and Mackey, DA and Bergen, AAB and Reis, AF and Hammond, CJ and Klaver, CCW and Vingerling, JR and Van Duijn, CM, Common genetic determinants of intraocular pressure and primary open-angle Glaucoma, PL o S Genetics (Print), 8, (5) Article e1002611. ISSN 1553-7390 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1002611


Intraocular pressure (IOP) is a highly heritable risk factor for primary open-angle glaucoma and is the only target for current glaucoma therapy. The genetic factors which determine IOP are largely unknown. We performed a genome-wide association study for IOP in 11,972 participants from 4 independent population-based studies in The Netherlands. We replicated our findings in 7,482 participants from 4 additional cohorts from the UK, Australia, Canada, and the Wellcome Trust Case-Control Consortium 2/Blue Mountains Eye Study. IOP was significantly associated with rs11656696, located in GAS7 at 17p13.1 (p = 1.410−8), and with rs7555523, located in TMCO1 at 1q24.1 (p = 1.610−8). In a meta-analysis of 4 case-control studies (total N = 1,432 glaucoma cases), both variants also showed evidence for association with glaucoma (p = 2.410−2 for rs11656696 and p = 9.110−4 for rs7555523). GAS7 and TMCO1 are highly expressed in the ciliary body and trabecular meshwork as well as in the lamina cribrosa, optic nerve, and retina. Both genes functionally interact with known glaucoma disease genes. These data suggest that we have identified two clinically relevant genes involved in IOP regulation.

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:Hewitt, A (Professor Alex Hewitt)
UTAS Author:Mackey, DA (Professor David Mackey)
ID Code:95337
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:135
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2014-09-30
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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