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Genome-wide association study of body fat distribution traits in Hispanics/Latinos from the HCHS/SOL.

TitleGenome-wide association study of body fat distribution traits in Hispanics/Latinos from the HCHS/SOL.
Publication TypePublication
AuthorsJustice AE, Young K, Gogarten SM, Sofer T, Graff M, Love SAnn M, Wang Y, Klimentidis YC, Cruz M, Guo X, Hartwig F, Petty L, Yao J, Allison MA, Below JE, Buchanan TA, Chen Y-DIda, Goodarzi MO, Hanis C, Highland HM, Hsueh WA, Ipp E, Parra E, Palmas W, Raffel LJ, Rotter JI, Tan J, Taylor KD, Valladares A, Xiang AH, Sanchez-Johnsen L, Isasi CR, North KE
JournalHum Mol Genet
Date Published2021 Jun 24

Central obesity is a leading health concern with a great burden carried by ethnic minority populations, especially Hispanics/Latinos. Genetic factors contribute to the obesity burden overall and to inter-population differences. We aimed to identify loci associated with central adiposity measured as waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), waist circumference (WC), and hip circumference (HIP) adjusted for body mass index (adjBMI), using the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL); determine if differences in associations differ by background group within HCHS/SOL; and determine whether previously reported associations generalize to HCHS/SOL. Our analyses included 7472 women and 5200 men of mainland (Mexican, Central and South American) and Caribbean (Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican) background residing in the US. We performed genome-wide association analyses stratified and combined across sexes using linear mixed-model regression. We identified 16 variants for WHRadjBMI, 22 for WCadjBMI, and 28 for HIPadjBMI that reached suggestive significance (P < 1x10-6). Many loci exhibited differences in strength of associations by ethnic background and sex. We brought a total of 66 variants forward for validation in cohorts (N = 34 161) with participants of Hispanic/Latino, African and European descent. We confirmed 4 novel loci (P < 0.05 and consistent direction of effect, and P < 5x10-8 after meta-analysis), including 2 for WHRadjBMI (rs13301996, rs79478137); 1 for WCadjBMI (rs3168072); and 1 for HIPadjBMI (rs28692724). Also, we generalized previously reported associations to HCHS/SOL, (8 for WHRadjBMI; 10 for WCadjBMI; 12 for HIPadjBMI). Our study highlights the importance of large-scale genomic studies in ancestrally diverse Hispanic/Latino populations for identifying and characterizing central obesity-susceptibility that may be ancestry-specific.

Alternate JournalHum Mol Genet
PubMed ID34165540
Grant ListK99 HL130580 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
R01 HL136528 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
R00 HL130580 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
R01 HL142302 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
T32 HL007055 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
Manuscript Lead/Corresponding Author Affiliation: 
HCHS/SOL Genetic Analysis Center - University of Washington, Seattle
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