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Visual refractive errors (REs) are complex genetic traits with a largely unknown etiology. To date, genome-wide association studies (GWASs) of moderate size have identified several novel risk markers for RE, measured here as mean spherical equivalent (MSE). We performed a GWAS using a total of 7280 samples from five cohorts: the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS); the KORA study ('Cooperative Health Research in the Region of Augsburg'); the Framingham Eye Study (FES); the Ogliastra Genetic Park-Talana (OGP-Talana) Study and the Multiethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Genotyping was performed on Illumina and Affymetrix platforms with additional markers imputed to the HapMap II reference panel. We identified a new genome-wide significant locus on chromosome 16 (rs10500355, P = 3.9 × 10(-9)) in a combined discovery and replication set (26 953 samples). This single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) is located within the RBFOX1 gene which is a neuron-specific splicing factor regulating a wide range of alternative splicing events implicated in neuronal development and maturation, including transcription factors, other splicing factors and synaptic proteins.

Original publication

DOI

10.1093/hmg/ddt116

Type

Journal article

Journal

Hum Mol Genet

Publication Date

01/07/2013

Volume

22

Pages

2754 - 2764

Keywords

Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Cohort Studies, Female, Genome-Wide Association Study, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Organ Specificity, Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide, RNA Isoforms, RNA Splicing, RNA Splicing Factors, RNA-Binding Proteins, Refractive Errors, Young Adult