Genome-wide association study meta-analysis for quantitative ultrasound parameters of bone identifies five novel loci for broadband ultrasound attenuation

Benjamin H Mullin, Jing Hua Zhao, Suzanne Brown, John R B Perry, Jian'An Luan, Hou-Feng Zheng, Claudia Langenberg, Frank Dudbridge, Robert A. Scott, Nick J Wareham, Tim D Spector, J Brent Richards, John P Walsh, Scott G Wilson

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    Osteoporosis is a common and debilitating bone disease that is characterised by low bone mineral density, typically assessed using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Quantitative ultrasound (QUS), commonly utilising the two parameters velocity of sound (VOS) and broadband ultrasound attenuation (BUA), is an alternative technology used to assess bone properties at peripheral skeletal sites. The genetic influence on the bone qualities assessed by QUS remains an under-studied area. We performed a comprehensive GWAS including low-frequency variants (MAF ≥0.005) for BUA and VOS using a discovery population of individuals with whole-genome sequence (WGS) data from the UK10K project (n=1,268). These results were then meta-analysed with those from two deeply imputed GWAS replication cohorts (n=1,610 and 13,749). In the gender-combined analysis, we identified eight loci associated with BUA and five with VOS at the genome-wide significance level, including three novel loci for BUA at 8p23.1 (PPP1R3B), 11q23.1 (LOC387810) and 22q11.21 (SEPT5) (P = 2.4 × 10-8-1.6 × 10-9). Gene-based association testing in the gender-combined dataset revealed eight loci associated with BUA and seven with VOS at the genome-wide significance level, with one novel locus for BUA at FAM167A (8p23.1) (P = 1.4 × 10-6). An additional novel locus for BUA was seen in the male-specific analysis at DEFB103B (8p23.1) (P = 1.8 × 10-6). Fracture analysis revealed significant associations between variation at the WNT16 and RSPO3 loci and fracture risk (P = 0.004 and 4.0 × 10-4 respectively). In conclusion, by performing a large GWAS meta-analysis for QUS parameters of bone using a combination of WGS and deeply imputed genotype data, we have identified five novel genetic loci associated with BUA.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2791-2802
    JournalHuman Molecular Genetics
    Volume26
    Issue number14
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    Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2017

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    Mullin, Benjamin H ; Hua Zhao, Jing ; Brown, Suzanne ; Perry, John R B ; Luan, Jian'An ; Zheng, Hou-Feng ; Langenberg, Claudia ; Dudbridge, Frank ; Scott, Robert A. ; Wareham, Nick J ; Spector, Tim D ; Brent Richards, J ; Walsh, John P ; Wilson, Scott G. / Genome-wide association study meta-analysis for quantitative ultrasound parameters of bone identifies five novel loci for broadband ultrasound attenuation. In: Human Molecular Genetics. 2017 ; Vol. 26, No. 14. pp. 2791-2802.
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