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Spirometric measures of lung function are heritable traits that reflect respiratory health and predict morbidity and mortality. We meta-analyzed genome-wide association studies for two clinically important lung-function measures: forced expiratory volume in the first second (FEV(1)) and its ratio to forced vital capacity (FEV(1)/FVC), an indicator of airflow obstruction. This meta-analysis included 20,890 participants of European ancestry from four CHARGE Consortium studies: Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities, Cardiovascular Health Study, Framingham Heart Study and Rotterdam Study. We identified eight loci associated with FEV(1)/FVC (HHIP, GPR126, ADAM19, AGER-PPT2, FAM13A, PTCH1, PID1 and HTR4) and one locus associated with FEV(1) (INTS12-GSTCD-NPNT) at or near genome-wide significance (P < 5 x 10(-8)) in the CHARGE Consortium dataset. Our findings may offer insights into pulmonary function and pathogenesis of chronic lung disease.

Original publication

DOI

10.1038/ng.500

Type

Journal article

Journal

Nat Genet

Publication Date

01/2010

Volume

42

Pages

45 - 52

Keywords

Databases, Genetic, Female, Forced Expiratory Volume, Genetic Predisposition to Disease, Genome, Human, Genome-Wide Association Study, Humans, Lung, Lung Diseases, Male, Meta-Analysis as Topic, Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide, Spirometry, Vital Capacity