AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Human complex metabolic traits are in part regulated by genetic determinants. Here we applied exome sequencing to identify novel associations of coding polymorphisms at minor allele frequencies (MAFs) >1% with common metabolic phenotypes. METHODS: The study comprised three stages. We performed medium-depth (8×) whole exome sequencing in 1,000 cases with type 2 diabetes, BMI >27.5 kg/m(2) and hypertension and in 1,000 controls (stage 1). We selected 16,192 polymorphisms nominally associated (p¿1%. In stage 2 we identified 51 potential associations with one or more of eight metabolic phenotypes covered by 45 unique polymorphisms. In meta-analyses of stage 2 and stage 3 results, we demonstrated robust associations for coding polymorphisms in CD300LG (fasting HDL-cholesterol: MAF 3.5%, p¿=¿8.5¿×¿10(-14)), COBLL1 (type 2 diabetes: MAF 12.5%, OR 0.88, p¿=¿1.2¿×¿10(-11)) and MACF1 (type 2 diabetes: MAF 23.4%, OR 1.10, p¿=¿8.2¿×¿10(-10)). CONCLUSIONS/INTERPRETATION: We applied exome sequencing as a basis for finding genetic determinants of metabolic traits and show the existence of low-frequency and common coding polymorphisms with impact on common metabolic traits. Based on our study, coding polymorphisms with MAF above 1% do not seem to have particularly high effect sizes on the measured metabolic traits.
Diabetologia, 2013, Vol 56, Issue 2, p. 298-310
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2; Exome; Gene Frequency; Genotype; High-Throughput Nucleotide Sequencing; Humans; Hypertension; Polymorphism, Genetic; Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't