Circulating levels of adiponectin, a hormone produced predominantly by adipocytes, are highly heritable and are inversely associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D) and other metabolic traits. We conducted a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies in 39,883 individuals of European ancestry to identify genes associated with metabolic disease. We identified 8 novel loci associated with adiponectin levels and confirmed 2 previously reported loci (P = 4.5×10−8–1.2×10−43). Using a novel method to combine data across ethnicities (N = 4,232 African Americans, N = 1,776 Asians, and N = 29,347 Europeans), we identified two additional novel loci. Expression analyses of 436 human adipocyte samples revealed that mRNA levels of 18 genes at candidate regions were associated with adiponectin concentrations after accounting for multiple testing (p<3×10−4). We next developed a multi-SNP genotypic risk score to test the association of adiponectin decreasing risk alleles on metabolic traits and diseases using consortia-level meta-analytic data. This risk score was associated with increased risk of T2D (p = 4.3×10−3, n = 22,044), increased triglycerides (p = 2.6×10−14, n = 93,440), increased waist-to-hip ratio (p = 1.8×10−5, n = 77,167), increased glucose two hours post oral glucose tolerance testing (p = 4.4×10−3, n = 15,234), increased fasting insulin (p = 0.015, n = 48,238), but with lower in HDL-cholesterol concentrations (p = 4.5×10−13, n = 96,748) and decreased BMI (p = 1.4×10−4, n = 121,335). These findings identify novel genetic determinants of adiponectin levels, which, taken together, influence risk of T2D and markers of insulin resistance.
Serum adiponectin levels are highly heritable and are inversely correlated with the risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D), coronary artery disease, stroke, and several metabolic traits. To identify common genetic variants associated with adiponectin levels and risk of T2D and metabolic traits, we conducted a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies of 45,891 multi-ethnic individuals. In addition to confirming that variants at the ADIPOQ and CDH13 loci influence adiponectin levels, our analyses revealed that 10 new loci also affecting circulating adiponectin levels. We demonstrated that expression levels of several genes in these candidate regions are associated with serum adiponectin levels. Using a powerful novel method to assess the contribution of the identified variants with other traits using summary-level results from large-scale GWAS consortia, we provide evidence that the risk alleles for adiponectin are associated with deleterious changes in T2D risk and metabolic syndrome traits (triglycerides, HDL, post-prandial glucose, insulin, and waist-to-hip ratio), demonstrating that the identified loci, taken together, impact upon metabolic disease.
Citation: Dastani Z, Hivert M-F, Timpson N, Perry JRB, Yuan X, et al. (2012) Novel Loci for Adiponectin Levels and Their Influence on Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Traits: A Multi-Ethnic Meta-Analysis of 45,891 Individuals. PLoS Genet 8(3): e1002607. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1002607
Editor: Peter M. Visscher, The University of Queensland, Australia
Received: September 30, 2011; Accepted: February 3, 2012; Published: March 29, 2012
Copyright: © 2012 Dastani et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Funding: Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA): The BLSA was supported in part by the Intramural Research Program of the NIH, National Institute on Aging. A portion of that support was through an R&D contract with MedStar Research Institute. Erasmus Rucphen Family (ERF). The ERF study was supported by grants from The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Erasmus MC and the Centre for Medical Systems Biology (CMSB), and the European Network for Genetic and Genomic Epidemiology (ENGAGE) consortium. Invecchaire in Chianti (InCHIANTI). JRB Perry is a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Research Fellow (092447/Z/10/Z). Framingham Heart Study (FHS): This research was conducted in part using data and resources from the Framingham Heart Study of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health and Boston University School of Medicine. The analyses reflect intellectual input and resource development from the Framingham Heart Study investigators participating in the SNP Health Association Resource (SHARe) project. This work was partially supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Framingham Heart Study (Contract No. N01-HC-25195) and its contract with Affymetrix, Inc for genotyping services (Contract No. N02-HL-6-4278). A portion of this research utilized the Linux Cluster for Genetic Analysis (LinGA-II) funded by the Robert Dawson Evans Endowment of the Department of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center. The Collaborative Health Research in the Region of Augsburg (KORA F3): This study was partially funded by the “Tiroler Wissenschaftsfonds” (Project UNI-0407/29) and by the “Genomics of Lipid-associated Disorders – GOLD” of the “Austrian Genome Research Programme GEN-AU” to F Kronenberg. The MONICA/KORA Augsburg cohort study was financed by the Helmholtz Zentrum München. It was further funded by the NIH subcontract from the Children's Hospital, Boston, US, (H-E Wichmann and IM Heid, prime grant 1 R01 DK075787-01A1 to JN Hirschhorn) and the German National Genome Research Net NGFN2 and NGFNplus (H-E Wichmann 01GS0823). TwinsUK: Study was funded by the Wellcome Trust, European Commission Framework (FP7/2007–2013), ENGAGE project HEALTH-F4-2007-201413, and the FP5 GenomEUtwin Project (QLG2-CT-2002-01254). It also receives support from the Arthritis Research Campaign, Chronic Disease Research Foundation, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre award to Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with King's College London, and a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council project grant (G20234). Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS): The CHS research reported in this article was supported by contract numbers N01-HC-85079 through N01-HC-85086, N01-HC-35129, N01 HC-15103, N01 HC-55222, N01-HC-75150, N01-HC-45133, grant numbers U01 HL080295 and R01 HL087652, HL105756, and HL094555 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, with additional contribution from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. A full list of principal CHS investigators and institutions can be found at http://www.chs-nhlbi.org/pi.htm. DNA handling and genotyping was supported in part by National Center for Research Resources grant M01-RR00425 to the Cedars-Sinai General Clinical Research Center Genotyping core and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases grant DK063491 to the Southern California Diabetes Endocrinology Research Center, NHLBI R01-HL085251. Helsinki Birth Cohort Study (HBCS): HBCS has been supported by grants from Academy of Finland (project numbers 114382, 126775, 127437, 129255, 129306, 130326, 209072, 210595, 213225, 216374), Finnish Diabetes Research Society, Finnish Foundation for Pediatric Research, Samfundet Folkhälsan, Juho Vainio Foundation, Novo Nordisk Foundation, Finska Läkaresällskapet, Päivikki and Sakari Sohlberg Foundation, Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation, and Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation. DILGOM survey was funded by the Finnish Academy, grant number 118065. Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns (YFS): The Young Finns Study has been financially supported by the Academy of Finland: grants 126925, 121584, 124282, 129378 (Salve), 117787 (Gendi), and 41071 (Skidi), the Social Insurance Institution of Finland, Kuopio, Tampere and Turku University Hospital Medical Funds, Juho Vainio Foundation, Paavo Nurmi Foundation, Finnish Foundation of Cardiovascular Research (T.L., OT.R), Tampere Tuberculosis Foundation (Te.Le., Mik, Kä), the Emil Aaltonen Foundation (T.L.) and Finnish Cultural Foundation. The expert technical assistance in the statistical analyses by Irina Lisinen and Ville Aalto are gratefully acknowledged. Dietary, Lifestyle, and Genetic determinants of Obesity and Metabolic syndrome (DILGOM): K Kristiansson was supported by the Orion-Farmos Research Foundation and the Academy of Finland (grant no. 125973). M Perola and V Salomaa were supported by the Finnish Foundation for Cardiovascular Research, the Sigrid Jusélius Foundation, and the Academy of Finland (grants 129322, 129494 and 139635). JG Eriksson was supported by the Academy of Finland (grants 126775, 129255, 129907, and 135072). Fenland study: The Fenland Study is funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council, as well as by the Support for Science Funding programme and CamStrad. We are grateful to all the volunteers for their time and help, and to the General Practitioners and practice staff for help with recruitment. We thank the Fenland Study co-ordination team and the Field Epidemiology team of the MRC Epidemiology Unit for recruitment and clinical testing. Multiethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA): The MESA project is conducted and supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in collaboration with MESA investigators. Support is provided by grants and contracts N01 HC-95159, N01-HC-95160, N01-HC-95161, N01-HC-95162, N01-HC-95163, N01-HC-95164, N01-HC-95165, N01-HC-95166, N01-HC-95167, N01-HC-95168, N01-HC-95169, and RR-024156. Funding for CARe genotyping was provided by NHLBI Contract N01-HC-65226. Jackson Heart Study (JHS): The Jackson Heart Study is supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, through contracts with Jackson State University (N01-HC-95170), the University of Mississippi Medical Center (N01-HC-95171), and Tougaloo College (N01-HC-95172). Adiponectin measurements used in the current study were funded by PHS Award UL1 RR025008 from the Clinical and Translational Science Award program, National Institutes of Health, National Center for Research Resources (NCRR). Health ABC: This research was supported by NIA contracts N01AG62101, N01AG62103, and N01AG62106. The genome-wide association study was funded by NIA grant 1R01AG032098-01A1 to Wake Forest University Health Sciences and genotyping services were provided by the Center for Inherited Disease Research (CIDR). CIDR is fully funded through a federal contract from the National Institutes of Health to The Johns Hopkins University, contract number HHSN268200782096C. This research was supported in part by the Intramural Research Program of the NIH, National Institute on Aging. Genetics, Arthrosis , and Progression) study (GARP): This study was supported the Leiden University Medical Centre and the Dutch Arthritis Association. Pfizer, Groton, CT, USA supported the inclusion of the GARP study. The genotypic work was supported by the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (MW 904-61-095, 911-03-016, 917 66344 and 911-03-012), Leiden University Medical Centre and the Centre of Medical System Biology and Netherlands Consortium for Healthy Aging both in the framework of the Netherlands Genomics Initiative (NGI). The adiponectin measurements were supported by TI-Pharma. Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC): The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study is carried out as a collaborative study supported by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute contracts N01-HC-55015, N01-HC-55016, N01-HC-55018, N01-HC-55019, N01-HC-55020, N01-HC-55021, N01-HC-55022, R01HL087641, R01HL59367, R01HL086694, and RC2 HL102419; National Human Genome Research Institute contract U01HG004402; National Institutes of Health contract HHSN268200625226C; and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases R01DK056918. Infrastructure was partly supported by Grant Number UL1RR025005,a component of the National Institutes of Health and NIH Roadmap for Medical Research. Salzburg Atherosclerosis Prevention Program in subjects at High Individual Risk (SHAPIR): Part of this work was funded by the “Genomics of Lipid-associated Disorders” (GOLD) of the “Austrian Genome Research Programme” (GEN-AU) to Florian Kronenberg, and grants from the “Medizinische Forschungsgesellschaft Salzburg” and the “Kamillo Eisner Stiftung” (Switzerland) to Bernhard Paulweber. THISEAS: The genotyping of the THISEAS study was funded by the Wellcome Trust. The recruitment was partially supported by the General Secretary of Research and Technology (PENED 03<EPSILON><DELTA>474). We are grateful to all the volunteers for their time and help, the medical staff of the hospitals and the field investigators, Eirini Theodoraki, Maria Dimitriou and Kathy Stirrups for her assistance in the genotyping. Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey (CLHNS): We thank the Office of Population Studies Foundation research and data collection teams and the study participants who generously provided their time for this study. This work was supported by National Institutes of Health grants DK078150, TW05596, HL085144, RR20649, ES10126, and DK56350. Coordinating Centre: McGill University. This work was supported by grants from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec, the Lady Davis Institute, the Ministère du Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation du Québec and the Jewish General Hospital. JB Richards and Z Dastani are supported by the CIHR. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
Competing interests: DM Waterworth, X Yuan, and VE Mooser are full-time employees of GlaxoSmithKline. P Vollenweider received grant money from GlaxoSmithKline to fund the CoLaus study. The other authors declare no competing financial interests.
¶ These authors also contributed equally to this work.
‡ Memberships of these consortia are provided in the Acknowledgments.
Adiponectin is a highly abundant adipocyte-derived plasma protein whose levels correlate inversely with a range of important clinical parameters including blood glucose, indices of insulin resistance, proatherogenic dyslipidemia, and risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D), stroke and coronary artery disease , , , . Collectively these conditions account for most of the burgeoning pandemic of obesity-related morbidity and mortality that poses a severe and global healthcare challenge . Murine studies suggest that adiponectin plays a mediating role in at least some of these obesity-related complications, and although less clearly established in humans, this suggests that understanding the pathophysiology of adiponectin may uncover novel therapeutic targets in major, highly prevalent human disease., .
Twins and family studies have revealed moderate to high estimates of heritability (30–70%) for plasma adiponectin levels , , , . However, until recently, few genes associated with adiponectin levels have been identified. Candidate and genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have shown pronounced associations between common polymorphisms in the adiponectin gene (ADIPOQ) and adiponectin levels , , , . A recent meta-analysis of three GWAS for adiponectin levels identified variants in a novel candidate gene, ARL15, that were associated with adiponectin levels, coronary heart disease (CHD), T2D and other metabolic traits . Furthermore, CDH13 and KNG1 genes were found to be associated with adiponectin levels in two studies involving East Asian populations , . Although part of the variance explained by the ADIPOQ locus, most of the heritability of adiponectin levels remains unaccounted for. Therefore, we sought to identify novel common variants influencing adiponectin levels and test their association with risk of T2D and related metabolic traits within the framework of a large multi-ethnic consortium of GWAS.
We combined genome-wide association results of 35,355 individuals from three different ethnicities (white Europeans (n = 29,347), African American s(n = 4,232) and East Asians (n = 1,776)), applying a novel meta-analytic method to allow for heterogeneity in allelic effects between populations of different ethnic backgrounds. We next examined whether identified genome-wide significant single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) also associated with expression of their nearest gene in human adipocytes, the main source of adiponectin. Since adiponectin has been associated with T2D, insulin resistance and metabolic traits we next investigated whether a multi-SNP genotypic risk, comprising genome-wide significant SNPs for adiponectin levels, also influenced risk of T2D and related traits measured in the DIAbetes Genetics Replication and Meta-analysis (DIAGRAM+) , Meta-Analysis of Glucose and Insulin Related Traits Consortium (MAGIC) , Genetic Investigation of ANthropometric measures Traits (GIANT)  , Global Lipids Genetic Consortium (GLGC) , and Body Fat GWAS consortia .
Results of Meta-Analysis of GWAS
The meta-analysis was divided into four phases 1) Discovery phase, which involved cohorts providing GWAS results, 2) In-silico replication phase which included additional GWAS cohorts joining our meta-analysis after the completion of the discovery phase, 3) De-novo genotyping in cohorts without GWAS genotyping and 4) Multi-Ethnic meta-analysis applying a novel method for complex trait mapping using different ethnicities.
Discovery phase in individuals of white European origin.
The meta-analysis of sex-combined data from 16 GWAS (n = 29,347) of individuals of white European descent identified ten loci associated with adiponectin levels at p≤5.0×10−8 (Table 1 and Figure 1A and Figure S1, Table S2). These results include the previously described associations with adiponectin at ADIPOQ (rs6810075[T]; ß = 0.06, p-value = 3.60×10−41), KNG1 (rs2062632[T]; ß = 0.05, p-value = 2.52×10−19) on 3q27.3, and CDH13 (rs12922394[T; ß = −0.1, p = 3.16×10−18) on 16q23.3 (Table 1). Furthermore, we identified variants that showed genome-wide significant association in eight novel independent loci including rs9853056 (within the STAB1 gene, rs4282054 (within the NT5DC2 gene), rs13083798 (within the PBRM1 gene), rs1108842 (within the GNL3 gene), rs11235 (within the NEK4 gene), rs2710323 (within the ITIH1 gene), rs3617 (within the ITIH3 gene), and rs2535627 (within 200 Kb of ITIH4 gene) at 3p21.1; rs1597466 (within 1 Mb of TSC22D2 gene) at 3q25.1; rs2980879 (within 1 Mb of TRIB1 gene) at 8q24.13; rs7955516 (within 1.3 Mb PDE3A gene) at 12p12.2; rs601339 (within the GPR109A gene) at 12q24.31; rs6488898 (within the ATP6V0A2 gene), rs7133378 (within the DNAH10 gene), rs7305864 (within the CCDC92 gene), and rs7978610 (within the ZNF664 gene at 12q24.31, which is 1.3 Mb away from GPR109A); rs2925979 (within the CMIP at 16q23.2 gene); and rs731839 (within the PEPD gene) at 19q13.11. (Figure 2A–2E, Table 1).
Figure 1. Manhattan plots for meta-analyses in the discovery phase.
A) Combined sex analysis in European populations, B) Meta-Analysis of Multiple Ethnicities. The Manhattan plots show −Log10 (p-value) measures for association between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and chromosomal position. The SNPs that achieved genome-wide significance are highlighted in green.doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1002607.g001
Figure 2. Regional plots of eight newly discovered genome-wide significant chromosomal regions associated with adiponectin concentrations in European populations.
A) chromosome 16q23.2, B) chromosome 19 q13.11 C) Chromosome 3p21.1, D) two loci on chromosome 12q24.31, E) chromosome 8q24.13, F) chromosome 6p21.1, and G) chromosome 1q41. In each panel, purple diamonds indicate the top SNPs, which have the strongest evidence of association. Each circle shows a SNP with a color scale relating the r2 value for that SNP and the top SNP from HapMap CEU. Blue lines indicate estimated recombination rates from HapMap. The bottom panels illustrate the relative position of genes near each locus. Candidate genes are indicated by red ovals.doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1002607.g002
Table 1. Lead SNP per Locus for Genome-Wide Significant SNPs Arising from the Sex-Combined Meta-Analysis in European Populations.doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1002607.t001
In our analysis a common variant (rs601339, MAF = 0.18, allele G) downstream of the GPR109A gene (the putative niacin receptor) was associated with adiponectin (ß = 0.04, p = 7.94×10−10) and HDL-C (ß = 0.03, p = 5.59×10−7) in the global lipid analysis. In a coincident candidate gene analysis 11 SNPs were typed in GPR109A/B in CoLaus and LOLIPOP cohorts, containing individuals of European descent. A single nominally significant coding SNP R311C (rs7314976, MAF = 0.14) within the GPR109A gene was taken forward for replication and found to be consistently associated with adiponectin in the three cohorts (CoLaus, Fenland and MRC Ely study, n = 8285, p = 4.6×10−8) and HDL-cholesterol (HDL-C) in four cohorts (CoLaus, Fenland, Ely study and Lolipop, n = 18425, p = 2.9×10−8) (Figure S2A, S2B). However R311C and rs601339 were not in linkage disequilibirium with each other (r2 = 0.04). Therefore the two variants represent two independent signals from the same locus but with similar effects on HDL-cholesterol and adiponectin.
In silico follow-up phase.
In the in-silico follow-up phase 468 SNPs demonstrating genome-wide significant (p<5×10−8 ) or suggestive (p<5×10−6) association with adiponectin in the discovery phase were tested for association in additional European cohorts. (Table S3). These SNPs were tested in seven additional GWAS datasets (n = 6,623 from NHS, HPFS, HABC, ERF2, LLS, GARP and ARIC studies) and the combined meta-analysis of the discovery and follow-up in-silico GWAS datasets detected additional loci on chromosomes 1q41 near the LYPLAL1 gene (rs3001032, p = 3.6×10−8) and chromosome 6p21.1 near the VEGFA gene (rs998584, p = 5.8×10−12) that reached genome-wide significance. While we confirmed seven loci that had reached genome-wide significance at the discovery stage (Table 1, Figure 2F and 2G, Table S2), two identified loci (3q25.1 and 12q24.31) did not remain genome-wide significant in the joint analysis of discovery and follow-up results.
De novo follow-up phase.
Next, in the de-novo genotyping follow-up phase, we genotyped 10 SNPs with suggestive evidence of association (5×10−8<p<5×10−6) from the meta-analysis of the discovery and in-silico follow-up phases in an additional 3,913 individuals. Meta-analyzing the discovery and 2 follow-up stages identified a SNP in ARL15 (rs6450176 [G]; ß = 0.026, p = 5.8×10−8), which was initially described in a previous GWAS for adiponectin levels (Table S3) .
To identify loci influencing adiponectin levels in non-European individuals we performed an additional analysis in 4,232 individuals from an African American population and 1,776 individuals from an East Asian population. In the African American populations, only associations at the ADIPOQ locus reached genome-wide significance, while in the East Asian population there was evidence of association at the ADIPOQ and CDH13 loci (Table S4). Subsequently, we performed a meta-analysis that combined all available GWAS including those of white European origin, African American and East Asian ancestry using novel method MANTRA . This analysis identified two additional loci in or near IRS1 gene on 2q36.3 and at 6q24.1 within a gene desert. (Table 2, Figure 1B).
Table 2. Genome-Wide Significant SNPs from the Sex-Combined Multi-Ethnic Meta-Analysis.doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1002607.t002
Secondary GWAS analyses.
We next performed meta-analysis of the GWAS data in women (n = 16,685) and men (n = 12,662) separately (Figure S2A, S2B, Tables S5 and S6). Although no novel loci reached genome-wide significance in women or men separately, three loci (chromosome 3p, 8 and 12) associated with adiponectin levels in the sex-combined analysis showed evidence of association (p value<5×10−8) in women (Figure S3). Since different assays were used to measure adiponectin levels, we next tested whether stratification by assay rendered similar results and found the results were highly concordant with the combined analysis. GWAS for high molecular weight adiponectin in the CHS study (n = 2,718) identified 2 SNPs in ADIPOQ (rs17300539, p = 3.0×10−16) and CMIP (rs2927307, p = 2.7×10−8). These two genes are located within the loci identified in our discovery meta-analysis of adiponectin levels.
Gene Expression Studies
Through gene expression studies we sought to address two questions: First, are any of the SNPs that were genome-wide significant for adiponectin levels associated with expression of their nearest transcripts (cis-eQTLs) and second, whether mRNA levels of loci identified through the GWAS for adiponectin levels are associated with circulating adiponectin levels. To address the first question, we examined whether SNPs within 1 Mb of the SNPs achieving genome-wide significance in the discovery stage were associated with the expression levels of nearby genes in human adipocytes from 776 participants of the MuTHER Consortium . We identified 74 SNPs in three eQTLs to be associated with the expression of five genes in adipocytes, using an array-wide level of statistical significance for eQTLs (P<5.1×10−5. See Materials and Methods for details). These genes included: NT5DC2 on chromosome 3; CCDC92, GPR109A, and ZNF664 on chromosome12; and PEPD on chromosome 19 (Table 3). The cis-eQTL SNPs often are proxies for the lead SNPs from the GWAS, however, this relationship may also be influenced through mechanisms that are independent from gene expression, such as gene function.
Table 3. The Association of Lead Genome-Wide Significant SNPs for Adiponectin with mRNA Levels of Their Nearest Gene.doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1002607.t003
We next identified that mRNA levels of 18 genes arising from six candidate loci were correlated with circulating adiponectin levels (Table 4). Since circulating adiponectin levels may be associated with a surplus of adipocyte transcripts we next tested for enrichment of signal from the candidate loci. There were 133 transcripts in the identified candidate regions, of which 8.2% (11/133) were associated with adiponectin levels at an array-wide level of significance (p<2×10−6), while 7.5% of the 24k probes on the entire array exceeded the same p-value threshold, indicating there was therefore no additional enrichment of signal at these candidate loci.
Table 4. The Association of mRNA Levels from Genes in Candidate Loci in Human Adipocytes with Circulating Adiponectin Levels.doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1002607.t004
T2D and Metabolic Traits
Using data from several large-scale GWAS consortia, some of the significantly associated variants identified here demonstrated associations with T2D and its related traits (Table S7A, S7B, S7C, and S7D). Several individual SNPs showed evidence for association with T2D and various metabolic traits after accounting for the number of statistically independent SNPs (p-value threshold of 5×10−4) among the SNPs that were genome-wide significant for adiponectin. These include associations with HDL-C (n = 104 SNPs), triglycerides (TG) (n = 65 SNPs), total cholesterol (TC, n = 12 SNPs), LDL-cholesterol (LDL–C, n = 11 SNPs), and waist-hip ratio (WHR) (n = 65 SNPs) . (However, we note that since sample sizes are different across different consortia power to identify associations is not consistent.) Among these, coding and intronic variants in STAB1 and NT5DC2 genes were associated with WHR and HDL-C, while the variants 1 Mb near TRIB1 were associated with all lipid traits. The coding and intronic variants ariants in the locus on chromosome 12 harboring ZNF664, CCDC92, and DNAH10 showed evidence of association with WHR, HDL-C, and TG. Finally, variants in the PEPD gene were associated with TG.
We next calculated a multi-SNP genotypic risk score based genome-wide significant SNPs from the discovery phase. This multi-SNP genotypic risk score explained 5% of the variance of natural log-transformed adiponectin levels. We then tested the association of this risk score with risk of T2D and metabolic related traits. The multi-SNP genotypic risk score was associated with increased risk for T2D (ß = 0.3, p = 4.3×10−3), where ß is the average additive effect of adiponectin-decreasing risk alleles on the log odds ratio of T2D), increased TG (ß = 0.25, p = 2.6×10−14), increased WHR adjusted for BMI (ß = 0.18, p = 1.8×10−5), increased post-prandial glucose (ß = 0.25, p = 0.01), increased fasting insulin (ß = 0.05, p = 0.01), homeostatic model assessment- insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) (ß = 0.04, p = 0.047), and with lower HDL-C concentrations (ß = −0.24, p = 4.5×10−13) and decreased BMI (ß = −0.16, p = 1.4×10−4). (Table 5).
In this comprehensive multi-ethnic analysis of the genetic influences on adiponectin levels and their impact on metabolic traits and T2D, we have identified 10 novel loci and confirmed the associations of variants in the ADIPOQ and CDH13 loci with adiponectin levels. The adiponectin risk alleles were associated with T2D and related metabolic traits such as BMI, WHR, TG, HDL-C, 2-hour glucose, HOMA-IR and fasting insulin. These findings demonstrate that adiponectin, T2D and metabolic syndrome have a shared allelic architecture.
Biological Relevance of the GWAS Loci
In the first step toward understanding the biological relevance of the identified regions, we examined the genes harbored by the associated loci using human disease and animal databases. Although some of the genes in these loci do not have a known function, several signify diverse biological functions.
On chromosome 1, the lead SNP was located 300 kb from the LYPLAL1, a protein that regulates phospholipids on cellular membranes. Independent efforts have also identified this locus in other metabolic/obesity related traits GWAS: first with WHR (rs2605100; r2 = 0.49  and rs4846567; r2 = 0.55  respectively with the lead adiponectin SNP, rs3001032), and more recently with fasting insulin by a joint meta-analysis including the interaction between SNP and BMI (MF Hivert for the MAGIC investigators, personal communication). In the same report by MAGIC, variants near IRS1 (insulin receptor substrate 1) and PEPD (a protein that hydrolyzes dipeptides and tripeptides) have also been associated with fasting insulin at genome wide significant levels, demonstrating a close link between adiponectin regulation and insulin resistance pathways. Moreover, both IRS1 and PEPD have been associated with T2D (IRS1 in DIAGRAM  and PEPD in a Japanese population ; p = 9.3×10−12 and p = 1.4×10−5, respectively).
The lead SNP at 3p21.1 falls within GNL3 that is located in a genomic region containing many genes which could have potential functions in metabolism. Our data provide evidence that adiponectin levels were correlated with human adipocyte mRNA levels of many genes in this region (GLYCTK, SEMA3G, STAB1, PBRM1, SFMBT1; see Table 4). However, this association does not imply a direct influence of these genes on adiponectin level. Among those genes, STAB1 encodes for stabilin 1, described as an endocytic receptor for advanced glycation end products and may have a function in angiogenesis, lymphocyte homing, cell adhesion, or receptor scavenging for acetylated low-density lipoprotein .
Interestingly, several of the genes near lead genome-wide significant SNPs have been implicated in angiogenesis, which might be important for adipose tissue expansion, highlighting the recurring theme of “adipose tissue expandability” in the genetic origins of obesity-related complications . For example, VEGFA is the vascular endothelial growth factor A gene, a known gene in a variety of vascular endothelial cell functions, such as angiogenesis and maintenance of the glomerular endothelium in nephrons . Variants in this gene are also associated with diabetic retinopathy and WHR , . Moreover, the product of VEGFA interacts with resveratrol, which has been shown to have a beneficial influence in some metabolic traits, including diabetes . Rodent studies show that resveratrol decreases blood glucose, blood insulin, and glycated hemoglobin, as well as increases insulin sensitivity in animals with hyperglycemia (reviewed in ). Resveratrol also inhibits TNF-α-induced reductions in adiponectin levels in 3T3-L1 adipocytes . Furthermore, it has been shown that resveratrol modulates adiponectin expression and improves insulin sensitivity, likely through the inhibition of inflammatory-like response in adipocytes . At this locus, VEGFA mRNA levels in adipocytes were the strongest association with adiponectin levels (Table 4). Also likely involved in vascular biology, TRIB1 encodes a G protein-coupled receptor-induced protein interacting with MAP kinases that regulates proliferation and chemotaxis of vascular smooth muscle cells . TRIB1 expression was shown to be elevated in human atherosclerotic arteries . Several variants (rs2954029, rs2954021, rs17321515; all in moderate LD with our lead SNP) in the TRIB1 gene have been associated with HDL-C, LDL-C and CHD risk in European and Asian populations , , , , . These two loci (TRIB1 and VEGFA) argue for the importance of vascular biology in adiponectin regulation as underlined previously by findings of adiponectin levels associated with variants near CDH13 (a receptor for adiponectin expressed by endothelial smooth muscle) .
All three homologous genes GPR109A/B/81 located on chromosome 12 are predominantly expressed in adipocytes and mediate antilipolytic effects . Our eQTL results (Table 3) and the correlation between mRNA and adiponectin levels (Table 4) argue strongly for a role of GPR109A at this locus. GPR109A (also known as NIACR1) is a receptor with a high-affinity, concentration-dependent response to nicotinic acid (niacin) . Treatment by niacin increases serum adiponectin levels by up to 94% in obese men with metabolic syndrome in a time- and dose-dependent manner . Functional studies in GPR109A receptor knockout mice demonstrate that niacin increases serum total and HMW adiponectin concentrations and decreases lipolysis following GPR109A receptor activation . Moreover, a recent meta-analysis on cohorts containing extremes of HDL-C provided evidence suggestive of association in GPR109A/B/81 .
Finally, variants in ZNF664 have been associated with CHD, HDL-C and TG levels in a large meta-analysis of over 100,000 individuals of European ancestry . The sex heterogeneity observed in this study is comparable to our finding that the more loci associated with adiponectin at genome wide significance level have been shown in female stratified analysis.
Taken together, the loci identified in this large-scale GWAS for adiponectin levels highlight many genes with demonstrated relationships with metabolic disease.
Shared Allelic Architecture of Adiponectin Levels and Metabolic Traits
Using a multi-SNP genotypic risk score we attempted to understand if the allelic architecture of adiponectin levels was shared with T2D and metabolic traits. This risk score was associated with increased risk of T2D and traits associated with insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome. However, unexpectedly, adiponectin decreasing alleles were associated with a decrease in BMI. In our adiponectin GWAS, BMI was included as a covariate in order to avoid direct identification of obesity SNPs since BMI is strongly related to adiponectin levels , . Furthermore, this unexpected direction of effect was entirely explained by SNPs at the ZNF664 and PEPD loci; when these loci were removed from the analysis, the association of the genotypic risk score with BMI disappeared (results not shown). Therefore, adiponectin risk alleles at ZNF664 and PEPD are of considerable interest since they impart deleterious changes on aspects of the metabolic syndrome (increased TC, TG, LDL-C and WHR and decreased HDL-C), but also act to decrease BMI and percent fat.
Our data do not provide direct evidence as to whether the genetic determinants of adiponectin levels influence these traits through adiponectin itself, or through pleiotropic pathways and therefore do not constitute a Mendelian randomization study. These findings provide a note of caution for Mendelian randomization studies, which may be prone to erroneous conclusions if pleiotropic effects of tested variants are not considered. Nonetheless, in aggregate, these results provide strong evidence that the genetic determinants of adiponectin levels are shared with metabolic disease, and in particular, traits related to insulin resistance.
We note that there are several strengths and limitations of this study. Our main findings, identifying genetic determinants of adiponectin levels, are based on the largest meta-analysis to date and include results from three ethnicities. The availability of expression data from human adipose tissue permitted the association of identified SNPs with mRNA levels at candidate genes and, in turn, correlation of these mRNA levels with circulating adiponectin itself. While access to the data from large consortia permitted assessment of the relevance of the identified SNPs to T2D and components of the metabolic syndrome, we note that a subset of the cohorts included in our GWAS were also included in these external consortia. However, we note that even if we assume that all ADIPOGen study participants were included in the external consortia, for cohorts participating in both studies, that the majority of data in these external consortia still arises from study participants not present in ADIPOGen (minimum percent of non-overlapping subects: 86.8%, 85.5%, 86.4% and 82.5% for MAGIC, GLGC, GIANT, and DIAGRAM+ consortia, respectively). Therefore, since a substantial majority of participants are independent between ADIPOGen and these consortia, it is unlikely that our findings demonstrating a shared allelic architecture between adiponectin levels and these traits are spurious.
Further, we suggest that locus, 6q24.1, identified only through multi-ethnic meta-analysis using MANTRA and not confirmed through fixed and random effects meta-analysis, be replicated for confirmation of this finding.
In conclusion, the data presented in this study provide strong evidence of association for 10 novel loci for adiponectin levels. Further analyses confirmed that the level of expression of some of these candidate genes in human adipocytes correlated directly with adiponectin levels. A multi-SNP genotypic risk score, and several of the identified variants, directly influence parameters of the metabolic syndrome and, in particular, markers of insulin resistance. These findings identify novel genetic determinants of adiponectin levels, which, taken together, influence risk of T2D and markers of insulin resistance.
Materials and Methods
All participants provided informed written consent. The research protocol of all studies were reviewed and approved by institutional ethics review committees at the involved institutions.
Our study consisted of three stages. First, in the discovery stage we performed a meta-analysis of the GWAS summary statistics of 16 studies involving 29,347 participants of white European origin to detect SNPs that are associated with adiponectin levels. All signals with p<5×10−6 were followed up in seven additional cohorts (n = 6,623) with GWAS data (in-silico phase) that later joined the consortium and then a subset of SNPs (n = 10) by de-novo genotyping in 3,913 additional participants from three cohorts (n = 39,883 for the combined analysis in Europeans). We also performed a multi-ethnic meta-analysis by combining summary statistics from the 16 studies of individuals of white European discovery cohorts (n = 29,347) with those of five cohort studies that included African Americans subjects (n = 4,232) and one East Asian cohort (n = 1,776) to obtain a total 35,355 individuals for the GWAS meta-analysis involving different ethnicities. After identifying variation near two genes of pharmaceutical importance (GPR109A and GPR109B), which encode the putative niacin receptors, we typed additional rare coding and tagging variants in a subset of cohorts. Second, we examined whether the identified SNPs of the first stage also associate with mRNA levels of nearest gene(s) expressed using adipose tissue of 776 European women. We also tested for association between adiponectin levels and mRNA levels of the genes in our candidate loci in adipose tissue of a subgroup of 436 individuals . Third, we calculated a multi-SNP genotypic risk score using genome-wide significant adiponectin-lowering alleles and tested the association of this risk score with T2D and related metabolic traits. Figure 3 shows a flow chart detailing the study design.
Figure 3. Flow chart of study design.doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1002607.g003
In total, 45,891 individuals from 26 European and 7 non-European cohorts participated in the different phases of this meta-analysis. Participating cohorts were either population-based (n = 23), family-based (n = 4), or case-control (n = 4) studies. The age of participants ranged from 10 to 95 years. Adiponectin levels were measured using ELISA or RIA methods. More details on the study cohorts and adiponectin measurement are presented in the Text S1 and Table S1. In addition, genotyping of four coding and tagging SNPs in the candidate genes, GRP109A and GPR109B, was undertaken in samples from the Lausanne, Lolipop, MRC Ely, and Fenland cohorts.
Genotyping and Imputation
All cohorts were genotyped using commercially available Affymetrix or Illumina genome-wide genotyping arrays. Quality control was performed for each study independently and genotype imputation was carried out using IMPUTE, MACH, BimBam or Beagle with reference to either the Phase II CEU, CEU+YRI, or CHB+JPT+CEU HapMap according to the origin of population. Imputation of East Asian genotypes was undertaken by first masking genotypes of 200 SNPs and then imputing them based on the CEU+CHB+JPT panel from HapMap. This resulted in an allelic concordance rate of ~96.7%. For the African Americans, a combined CEU+YRI reference panel was created. This panel included SNPs segregating in both CEU and YRI, as well as SNPs segregating in one panel and monomorphic and non-missing in the other (2.74 million SNPs). Due to the overlap of African American individuals on the Affymetrix 6.0 and IBC arrays , it was possible to analyze imputation performance at SNPs not genotyped on Affymetrix 6.0. For imputation based on Affymetrix data, the use of the CEU+YRI panel resulted in an allelic concordance rate of ~95.6% (calculated as 1−0.5 * [imputed_ dosage– chip_dosage]). This rate is comparable to rates calculated for individuals of African descent imputed with the HapMap 2 YRI individuals. Table S1 summarizes the genotyping methods used for each cohort, genotype-calling algorithms, imputation algorithms and exclusion thresholds. SNP-level quality control metrics were applied prior to meta-analysis for each cohort. These were: call rate ≥95%, minor allele frequency (MAF)≥1%, Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE) p>10−6, and quality measures for imputed SNPs (r2≥0.3, or proper info ≥0.4, for cohorts imputing their data with MACH and IMPUTE, respectively).
Eleven coding and tagging variants in two candidate genes of pharmaceutical importance (GPR109A encoding the niacin receptor and GPR109B) were genotyped in a parallel study in Lausanne, Lolipop, MRC Ely, and Fenland white subjects. Genotyping was performed using a KASPar-On-Demand SNP Genotyping Assay (KBioscience Ltd., Hoddesdon, UK). In Lausanne and Lolipop samples the genotyping assay was carried out on 3.75 ng of genomic DNA in 1 µl 1536-well plate reactions, dispensed with a Meridian, microfluidic dispenser (KBioscience Ltd., Hoddesdon, UK), thermocycled using a Hydrocycler (KBioscience Ltd., Hoddesdon, UK). A Pherastar (BMG GmbH, Germany) was used for end-point detection and Kraken-LIMS (KBioscience Ltd., Hoddesdon, UK) was used for automated allele calling. In MRC Ely and Fenland samples, the genotyping assay was carried out on 10 ng of genomic DNA in 5 µl 384-well plate reactions using a G-Storm GS4 Thermal Cycler (GRI, Rayne, UK). The ABI PRISM 7900HT Sequence Detection System (Applied Biosystems, Warrington, UK) was used for end-point detection and allele calling.
Genome-wide association studies.
All cohorts independently tested for the additive genetic association of common (MAF>1%) genotyped and imputed SNPs with natural log transformed adiponectin levels, while adjusting for age, sex, body mass index (BMI), principal components of population stratification and study site (where appropriate), and for family structure in cohorts with family members , , . The analyses were performed for men and women combined, as well as for men and women separately. The Cardiovascular Health Study cohort (CHS) also provided GWA results for high molecular weight (HMW) adiponectin using the same methods as described above.
Meta-analysis of GWAS.
The meta-analysis was performed by two analysts independently each using different methods; inverse variance-weighted methods using both fixed and random effect models available through either the METAL (http://www.sph.umich.edu/csg/abecasis/metal/) or GWAMA version 2.0.5 (http://www.well.ox.ac.uk/gwama/) software packages . Summary statistics were crosschecked to ensure consistency of results. Prior to the meta-analysis, study-specific summary statistics were corrected using genomic control (lambda range = 0.99–1.25) and the overall meta-analytic results were additionally corrected for genomic control (lambda = 1.06). To examine whether associations with adiponectin were sex-specific, we performed meta-analyses for men and women separately. A p-value threshold of 5×10−8 was considered to be genome-wide significant. Ethnicity-specific meta-analyses were performed for white European and non-European populations separately, using the same methods as described above.
Presence of heterogeneity in the meta-analysis was assessed by the I2 statistic and Q-test . Since cohorts measured adiponectin concentrations using either RIA or ELISA methods, we also performed a GWA meta-analysis stratified by the method of measurement to test whether this contributed to heterogeneity.
The follow-up phase comprised two stages; in-silico follow-up and de-novo follow-up.
In silico follow-up
468 SNPs with p<5×10−6 from the discovery phase (which includes both genome-wide significant [n = 196, p<5×10−8] and “suggestive” [n = 272, 5×10−8<p<5×10−6] SNPs Table S3) were tested for their association in 6,623 individuals from seven additional cohorts with GWAS data that joined the consortium after the discovery stage had been finalized.
De novo follow-up
We next selected the lead SNP arising from selected loci from the joint analysis of the discovery and in-silico follow-up phase with p-values greater than 5×10−8 but less than 5×10−6 and genotyped 10 SNPs in 3,164 samples from the SAPHIR cohort and an additional subgroup of the KORA cohort. Finally, these same SNPs, or their proxy SNPs (n = 2), were tested for association in the THISEAS cohort (n = 738), which had been genotyped using the Metabochip . Study-level summary statistics from the follow-up phases were meta-analyzed with the data from the discovery phase.
In order to perform a meta-analysis of GWAS data from cohorts of different ethnic backgrounds, we utilized the novel MANTRA (Meta-ANalysis of Trans-ethnic Association studies) software . This method combines GWAS from different ethnic groups by taking advantage of the expected similarity in allelic effects between the most closely related populations. Fixed-effects meta-analysis assumes the allelic effect to be the same in all populations, and cannot account for heterogeneity between ethnic groups. Conversely, random effects meta-analysis assumes that each population has a different underlying allelic effect, however, populations from the same ethnic group would be more homogeneous than those that are more distantly related. To address this challenge we accounted for the expected similarity in allelic effects between the most closely related populations by means of a Bayesian partition model. For each variant, allelic effects and corresponding standard errors are estimated within each population under the assumption of an additive model. Populations are then clustered according to their similarity in terms of relatedness as measured by the mean allele frequency difference at 10,000 independent SNPs, and to their allelic effects at the variant. If all populations are assigned to the same cluster, this is equivalent to a fixed allelic effect across all populations (i.e. no trans-ethnic heterogeneity). The posterior distribution of the allelic effect in each population under the Bayesian partition model is approximated by means of a Monte-Carlo Markov chain algorithm. Evidence in favor of association of the trait with the variant was assessed by means of a Bayes' factor (BF). A log10 BF of 6 or higher is considered a relatively conservative threshold for genome-wide significance. We also performed meta-analysis by using both random and fixed effects models including all ethnicities. Those loci that achieved both a BF>6 in MANTRA and a P-value less than 5×10−7 in multiethnic analysis are presented in Table 2.
Association of Genome-Wide Significant SNPs with Gene Expression (Stage 2)
In order to identify cis-expression quantitative trait loci (cis-eQTLs) and test whether mRNA levels of candidate genes arising from our GWAS were associated with adiponectin levels, we used expression profiles in human adipocytes from the Multiple Tissue Human Expression Resource (MuTHER) Consortium, (856 female twins from the UK) . mRNA expression profiles from subcutaneous fat and genome-wide genotypes were available for 776 individuals and circulating adiponectin levels for 436 of these women. We note that while adiponectin levels were measured at an earlier time point than the fat biopsies, the BMI at time of adipose expression measurement and time of adiponectin measurement was highly correlated (r2 = 0.9).
cis-eQTLs were defined as associations between SNPs and a transcript within 1 Mb of the identified SNP. To correct for multiple testing, we used QVALUE software , and estimated that a genome-wide false discovery rate of 1% corresponds to a p-value threshold of 5.06×10−5 (this conservative threshold accounts for all multiple arising from the use of the array, rather than multiple testing arising from assessing only transcripts in the genome-wide significant regions). To test whether mRNA levels of candidate genes identified in the GWAS meta-analysis are associated with circulating adiponectin levels, we applied a Bonferoni corrected threshold of p<3×10−4 (where 3×10−4 = 0.05/133 and 133 was the number of transcripts tested at the candidate loci).
Association of Genome-Wide Significant SNPs with T2D and Metabolic Traits (Stage 3)
The DIAGRAM+ (effective n = 22,044) , MAGIC (n = up to 46,186) , GLGC (n = up to 97,021) , GIANT (n = up to 121,335) , and Body Fat GWAS (n = up to 36,625) consortia provided summary statistics for the association of each SNP that was genome-wide significant in the discovery phase. Since 196 SNPs (which were estimated to be equivalent to 96 independent statistical tests due to linkage disequilibrium [LD])  were tested for their association, we employed a Bonferroni-corrected threshold of α = 0.0005 (where 0.0005 = 0.05/96) to define the threshold of association for any individual SNP association with T2D and related traits.
While any individual SNP may demonstrate a relationship with T2D or related traits, it can be more informative to test whether a multi-SNP genotypic risk score is associated with the outcome of interest. In the absence of pleiotropic effects arising from loci other than ADIPOQ, such a multi-SNP genotypic risk score would enable testing of whether adiponectin levels are causally related to risk of T2D or metabolic traits through a Mendelian randomization framework. Since most of the SNPs that we identified to be genome-wide significant for adiponectin levels were not in the ADIPOQ locus, the presence of such pleiotropy precluded a formal Mendelian randomization study. To create a multi-SNP genotypic risk score we implemented a novel method that approximates the average effect of adiponectin decreasing alleles on T2D or related traits. Further, this method allows the use of consortium-level meta-analytic results for a set of SNPs, rather than requiring the re-analysis of individual-level data in each cohort, thereby providing more accurate effects of each allele (due to the larger sample size in the consortium-level meta-analysis). The weighted sum of the individual SNP coefficients leads not only to an estimate of the average combined allelic effect, but also to an approximate estimate of the explained variance (when scaled by the inverse of the total meta-analysis sample size) from a multivariate regression model containing these SNPs.
Specifically, suppose m SNPs have shown association in the discovery phase, and effects are denoted wi. However, suppose that the goal of interest is to estimate the joint effect of these SNPs on an outcome of interest, y. Let j index the individuals in the outcome of interest dataset and let
be a risk score based on the discovery data SNPs, and their associated parameter estimates wi. Therefore, the desired goal is to estimate the parameter in the following equation: in the outcome of interest dataset. The proportion of variance in y explained by the previous equation, (i.e. the R2) attributable to the risk score can be estimated. Standard linear model theory shows that the change in log likelihood is proportional to the R2,
If the SNPs are uncorrelated, and if the total percentage of variance explained is small, then the change in log likelihood can be approximated by
where βi now refers to the effect of SNP i in the outcome data, is the outcome data estimate, and si is the associated standard error estimate. Assuming that this log likelihood difference approximation is maximized with an appropriate value of C, then it can be shown that a can be estimated by:
with a standard error estimate of
Therefore, under the assumption of uncorrelated SNPs, their joint effect can be estimated in external data by a weighted mean of the individual SNP effects, weighted by the estimates from the discovery data. All these quantities can be obtained from meta-analysis or summary data, so that individual-level data are not required to obtain these results.
To implement this method, we first selected LD-independent adiponectin associated alleles by LD pruning the set of genome-wide significant adiponectin SNPs from the discovery phase with an LD threshold of r2≤0.05 in the HapMap CEU population, yielding 20 independent LD blocks from the 196 SNPs in Table S2. (We also applied the method using an LD threshold of r2≤0.01 and found no relevant change in results). Since many SNPs from the same independent blocks were associated with adiponectin, we selected the SNP from the LD block that explained the most variance in adiponectin levels. Next, we approximated the effect of the multi-SNP genetic risk score using β and its standard error as derived from the consortium-level meta-analysis in DIAGRAM+, MAGIC, GLGC, GIANT and Body Fat GWAS consortium.
The comparison between two independent meta-analyses performed in different centers for quality control purposes. The −log10 p-value of all SNPS with MAF≥0.01 in the first analysis are plotted against the −log10 p-value from the second analysis.
The Manhattan plots of sex-stratified meta-analyses in the discovery phase in the European population. The meta-analysis shown in panel a) is stratified for women and that in panel b) is stratified for men. Manhattan plots demonstrate −Log 10(p-value) measures for association between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and chromosomal position. The SNPs that achieved genome-wide significance are highlighted in green in the plots. The red ovals identify loci found only in women.
Association Results Near Peaks for Sex-specific Analysis of Adiponectin. SNPs in regions near peak associations are shown for a) chromosome 8 female, b) chromosome 8 males, c) chromosome 12 females and d) chromosome 12 males. Purple diamonds indicate the top SNPs, which have the strongest evidence of association in women. Each circle shows a SNP with a color scale proportional to the r2 value for that SNP and the top SNP from HapMap CEU. Blue lines show the estimated recombination rates from HapMap. The bottom panels illustrate the relative position of each gene in the locus.
Comparing the Genome-Wide Significant SNPS from fixed effect model with random effect model. *SNP with I2 less than 0.5 are listed in bold, EA: Effect Allele, NEA: Non-Effect Allele.
Association Results of SNPs achieving p≤5×10−6 in the Discovery phase in European Populations (Sex-Combined Analysis). *Denotes SNPs typed in the de-novo follow-up phase.
Genome-Wide Significant SNPs (p<5×10−8) Associated with Adiponectin Levels in Non-Europeans Populations. EA: Effect Allele, NEA: Non-Effect Allele, EA-Freq: Frequency of Effect Allele.
SNPs associated with adiponectin at genome-wide significant levels (p<5×10−8) using the fixed-effect model in women only in European populations (including Discovery and Follow-Up phases).
SNPs associated with adiponectin at genome-wide significant levels (p<5×10−8) using fixed-effect models in men only in Euopean populations.
Association results of nominally significant SNPs with Type 2 Diabetes in the DIAGRAM+ Consortium. EA: Effect Allele, NEA: Non-Effect Allele. B) Association results of nominally significant SNPs with diabetes-related traits in the MAGIC Consortium. Fasting glucose and 2 h glucose in mmol/L; Insulin in pmol/L, EA: Effect Allele, NEA: Non-Effect Allele. C) Association results of nominally significant SNPs with diabetes-related traits in the GIANT and Body fat GWAS consortia. The beta expressed in inverse normally transformed BMI units (i.e. interpretable as SD or Z-score), shows the change in BMI per additional effect allele.,*Results that are statistically significant, accounting for the number of independent SNPs, are highlighted in bold., EA: Effect Allele, NEA: Non-Effect Allele, EA-Freq: Frequency of Effect Allele. D) Association results of nominally significant SNPs with lipid traits in the GLGC Consortium. For these traits the effect size is in SD units, based on standard error-weighted meta-analysis. *Results that are statistically significant, accounting for the number of independent SNPs are highlighted in bold., EA: Effect Allele, NEA: Non-Effect Allele, EA-Freq: Frequency of Effect Allele.
Supplemental data include description of study cohorts and funding.
We thank all study participants, volunteers, and study personnel that made this consortium possible. We would also like to thank Ms. Renee Atallah for her efforts with the writing and correction of the manuscript.
Consortia Authors' list:
Benjamin F Voight1,2,3, Laura J Scott4, Valgerdur Steinthorsdottir5, Andrew P Morris6, Christian Dina7,8, Ryan P Welch9, Eleftheria Zeggini6,10, Cornelia Huth11,12, Yurii S Aulchenko13, Gudmar Thorleifsson5, Laura J McCulloch14, Teresa Ferreira6, Harald Grallert11,12, Najaf Amin13, Guanming Wu15, Cristen J Willer4, Soumya Raychaudhuri1,2,16, Steve A McCarroll1,17, Claudia Langenberg18, Oliver M Hofmann19, Josée Dupuis20,21, Lu Qi22–24, Ayellet V Segrè1,2,17, Mandy van Hoek25, Pau Navarro26, Kristin Ardlie1, Beverley Balkau27,28, Rafn Benediktsson29,30, Amanda J Bennett14, Roza Blagieva31, Eric Boerwinkle32, Lori L Bonnycastle33, Kristina Bengtsson Boström34, Bert Bravenboer35, Suzannah Bumpstead10, Noël P Burtt1, Guillaume Charpentier36, Peter S Chines33, Marilyn Cornelis24, David J Couper37, Gabe Crawford1, Alex SF Doney38,39, Katherine S Elliott6, Amanda L Elliott1,17,40, Michael R Erdos33, Caroline S Fox21,41, Christopher S Franklin42, Martha Ganser4, Christian Gieger11, Niels Grarup43, Todd Green1,2, Simon Griffin18, Christopher J Groves14, Candace Guiducci1, Samy Hadjadj44, Neelam Hassanali14, Christian Herder45, Bo Isomaa46,47, Anne U Jackson4, Paul RV Johnson48, Torben Jørgensen49,50, Wen HL Kao51,52, Norman Klopp11, Augustine Kong5, Peter Kraft22,23, Johanna Kuusisto53, Torsten Lauritzen54, Man Li51, Aloysius Lieverse55, Cecilia M Lindgren6, Valeriya Lyssenko56, Michel Marre57,58, Thomas Meitinger59,60, Kristian Midthjell61, Mario A Morken33, Narisu Narisu33, Peter Nilsson56, Katharine R Owen14, Felicity Payne10, John RB Perry62,63, Ann-Kristin Petersen11, Carl Platou61, Christine Proença7, Inga Prokopenko6,14, Wolfgang Rathmann64, N William Rayner6,14, Neil R Robertson6,14, Ghislain Rocheleau65–67, Michael Roden45,68, Michael J Sampson69, Richa Saxena1,2,40, Beverley M Shields62,63, Peter Shrader3,70, Gunnar Sigurdsson29,30, Thomas Sparsø43, Klaus Strassburger64, Heather M Stringham4, Qi Sun22,23, Amy J Swift33, Barbara Thorand11, Jean Tichet71, Tiinamaija Tuomi46,72, Rob M van Dam24, Timon W van Haeften73, Thijs van Herpt25,55, Jana V van Vliet-Ostaptchouk74, G Bragi Walters5, Michael N Weedon62,63, Cisca Wijmenga75, Jacqueline Witteman13, Richard N Bergman76, Stephane Cauchi7, Francis S Collins77, Anna L Gloyn14, Ulf Gyllensten78, Torben Hansen43,79, Winston A Hide19, Graham A Hitman80, Albert Hofman13, David J Hunter22,23, Kristian Hveem61,81, Markku Laakso53, Karen L Mohlke82, Andrew D Morris38,39, Colin NA Palmer38,39, Peter P Pramstaller83, Igor Rudan42,84,85, Eric Sijbrands25, Lincoln D Stein15, Jaakko Tuomilehto86, Andre Uitterlinden25, Mark Walker87, Nicholas J Wareham18, Richard M Watanabe76,88, Goncalo R Abecasis4, Bernhard O Boehm31, Harry Campbell42, Mark J Daly1,2, Andrew T Hattersley62,63, Frank B Hu22–24, James B Meigs3,70, James S Pankow89, Oluf Pedersen43,90,91, H.-Erich Wichmann11,12,92, Inês Barroso10, Jose C Florez1,2,3,93, Timothy M Frayling62,63, Leif Groop56,72, Rob Sladek65–67, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir5,94, James F Wilson42, Thomas Illig11, Philippe Froguel7,95, Cornelia M van Duijn13, Kari Stefansson5,94, David Altshuler1,2,3,17,40,93, Michael Boehnke4, Mark I McCarthy6,14,96.
1. Broad Institute of Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142, USA
2. Center for Human Genetic Research, Massachusetts General Hospital, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02114, USA
3. Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
4. Department of Biostatistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029, USA
5. deCODE Genetics, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland
6. Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX3 7BN, UK
7. CNRS-UMR-8090, Institute of Biology and Lille 2 University, Pasteur Institute, F-59019 Lille, France
8. INSERM UMR915 CNRS ERL3147 F-44007 Nantes, France
9. Bioinformatics Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI USA 48109
10. Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, CB10 1HH, UK
11. Institute of Epidemiology, Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, 85764 Neuherberg, Germany
12. Institute of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, 81377 Munich, Germany
13. Department of Epidemiology, Erasmus University Medical Center, P.O. Box 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
14. Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Oxford, OX3 7LJ, UK
15. Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, 101 College Street, Suite 800, Toronto, Ontario M5G 0A3, Canada
16. Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
17. Department of Molecular Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
18. MRC Epidemiology Unit, Institute of Metabolic Science, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, UK
19. Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
20. Department of Biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02118, USA
21. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Framingham Heart Study, Framingham, Massachusetts 01702, USA
22. Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, 665 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA
23. Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 665 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA
24. Channing Laboratory, Dept. of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, 181 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA
25. Department of Internal Medicine, Erasmus University Medical Centre, PO-Box 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam, The Netherlands
26. MRC Human Genetics Unit, Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, EH4 2XU, UK
27. INSERM U780, F-94807 Villejuif. France
28. University Paris-Sud, F-91405 Orsay, France
29. Landspitali University Hospital, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland
30. Icelandic Heart Association, 201 Kopavogur, Iceland
31. Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Ulm University, 89081 Ulm, Germany
32. The Human Genetics Center and Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas 77030, USA
33. National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA
34. R&D Centre, Skaraborg Primary Care, 541 30 Skövde, Sweden
35. Department of Internal Medicine, Catharina Hospital, PO-Box 1350, 5602 ZA Eindhoven, The Netherlands
36. Endocrinology-Diabetology Unit, Corbeil-Essonnes Hospital, F-91100 Corbeil-Essonnes, France
37. Department of Biostatistics and Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27599, USA
38. Diabetes Research Centre, Biomedical Research Institute, University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee DD1 9SY, UK
39. Pharmacogenomics Centre, Biomedical Research Institute, University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee DD1 9SY, UK
40. Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
41. Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Hypertension, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
42. Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG, UK
43. Hagedorn Research Institute, DK-2820 Gentofte, Denmark
44. Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Poitiers, Endocrinologie Diabetologie, CIC INSERM 0801, INSERM U927, Université de Poitiers, UFR, Médecine Pharmacie, 86021 Poitiers Cedex, France
45. Institute for Clinical Diabetology, German Diabetes Center, Leibniz Center for Diabetes Research at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
46. Folkhälsan Research Center, FIN-00014 Helsinki, Finland
47. Malmska Municipal Health Center and Hospital, 68601 Jakobstad, Finland
48. Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation Human Islet Isolation Facility and Oxford Islet Transplant Programme, University of Oxford, Old Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7LJ, UK
49. Research Centre for Prevention and Health, Glostrup University Hospital, DK-2600 Glostrup, Denmark
50. Faculty of Health Science, University of Copenhagen, 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark
51. Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21287, USA
52. Department of Medicine, and Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21287, USA
53. Department of Medicine, University of Kuopio and Kuopio University Hospital, FIN-70211 Kuopio, Finland
54. Department of General Medical Practice, University of Aarhus, DK-8000 Aarhus, Denmark
55. Department of Internal Medicine, Maxima MC, PO-Box 90052, 5600 PD Eindhoven, The Netherlands
56. Department of Clinical Sciences, Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Unit, University Hospital Malmö, Lund University, 205 02 Malmö, Sweden
57. Department of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Nutrition, Bichat-Claude Bernard University Hospital, Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Paris, 75870 Paris Cedex 18, France
58. INSERM U695, Université Paris 7, 75018 Paris, France
59. Institute of Human Genetics, Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, 85764 Neuherberg, Germany
60. Institute of Human Genetics, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universität München, 81675 Muenchen, Germany
61. Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT) Research Center, Department of Community Medicine and General Practice, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway
62. Genetics of Complex Traits, Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Science, Peninsula Medical School, University of Exeter, Magdalen Road, Exeter EX1 2LU, UK
63. Diabetes Genetics, Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Science, Peninsula Medical School, University of Exeter, Barrack Road, Exeter EX2 5DW, UK
64. Institute of Biometrics and Epidemiology, German Diabetes Center, Leibniz Center for Diabetes Research at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
65. Department of Human Genetics, McGill University, Montreal H3H 1P3, Canada
66. Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, H3A 1A4, Canada
67. McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre, Montreal, H3A 1A4. Canada
68. Department of Metabolic Diseases, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
69. Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust , Norwich, NR1 7UY, UK.
70. General Medicine Division, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
71. Institut interrégional pour la Santé (IRSA), F-37521 La Riche, France
72. Department of Medicine, Helsinki University Hospital, University of Helsinki, FIN-00290 Helsinki, Finland
73. Department of Internal Medicine, University Medical Center Utrecht, 3584 CG Utrecht,The Netherlands
74. Molecular Genetics, Medical Biology Section, Department of Pathology and Medical Biology, University Medical Center Groningen and University of Groningen, 9700 RB Groningen, The Netherlands
75. Department of Genetics, University Medical Center Groningen and University of Groningen, 9713 EX Groningen, The Netherlands
76. Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California 90033, USA
77. National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA
78. Department of Genetics and Pathology, Rudbeck Laboratory, Uppsala University, S-751 85 Uppsala, Sweden.
79. University of Southern Denmark, DK-5230 Odense, Denmark
80. Centre for Diabetes, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, London E1 2AT, UK
81. Department of Medicine, The Hospital of Levanger, N-7600 Levanger, Norway
82. Department of Genetics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599, USA
83. Institute of Genetic Medicine, European Academy Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC), Viale Druso 1, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
84. Croatian Centre for Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Split, Soltanska 2, 21000 Split, Croatia
85. Institute for Clinical Medical Research, University Hospital “Sestre Milosrdnice”, Vinogradska 29, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
86. Department of Chronic Disease Prevention, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki FIN-00300, Finland,
87. Diabetes Research Group, Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University, Framlington Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH, UK
88. Department of Preventitive Medicine, Keck Medical School, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 90089-9001, USA
89. Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454, USA
90. Department of Biomedical Science, Panum, Faculty of Health Science, University of Copenhagen, 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark
91. Faculty of Health Science, University of Aarhus, DK–8000 Aarhus, Denmark
92. Klinikum Grosshadern, 81377 Munich, Germany
93. Diabetes Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts 02144, USA
94. Faculty of Medicine, University of Iceland, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
95. Genomic Medicine, Imperial College London, Hammersmith Hospital, W12 0NN, London, UK
96. Oxford National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre, Churchill Hospital, Old Road Headington, Oxford, OX3 7LJ, UK
Josée Dupuis1,2,178, Claudia Langenberg3,178, Inga Prokopenko4,5,178, Richa Saxena6,7,178, Nicole Soranzo8,9,178, Anne U Jackson10, Eleanor Wheeler11, Nicole LGlazer12, Nabila Bouatia-Naji13, Anna LGloyn4, Cecilia MLindgren4,5, Reedik Mägi4,5, Andrew P Morris5, Joshua Randall5, Toby Johnson14–16, Paul Elliott17,176, Denis Rybin18, Gudmar Thorleifsson19, Valgerdur Steinthorsdottir19, Peter Henneman20, Harald Grallert21, Abbas Dehghan22, Jouke Jan Hottenga23, Christopher SFranklin24, Pau Navarro25, Kijoung Song26, Anuj Goel5,27, John R B Perry28, Josephine MEgan29, Taina Lajunen30, Niels Grarup31, Thomas Sparsø31, Alex Doney32, Benjamin F Voight6,7, Heather MStringham10, Man Li33, Stavroula Kanoni34, Peter Shrader35, Christine Cavalcanti-Proença13, Meena Kumari36, Lu Qi37, Nicholas J Timpson38, Christian Gieger21, Carina Zabena39, Ghislain Rocheleau40,41, Erik Ingelsson42,43, Ping An44, Jeffrey O'Connell45, Jian'an Luan3, Amanda Elliott6,7, Steven A McCarroll6,7, Felicity Payne11, Rosa Maria Roccasecca11, François Pattou46, Praveen Sethupathy47, Kristin Ardlie48, Yavuz Ariyurek49, Beverley Balkau50, Philip Barter51, John P Beilby52,53, Yoav Ben-Shlomo54, Rafn Benediktsson55,56, Amanda J Bennett4, Sven Bergmann14,16, Murielle Bochud15, Eric Boerwinkle57, Amélie Bonnefond13, Lori LBonnycastle47, Knut Borch-Johnsen58,59, Yvonne Böttcher60, Eric Brunner36, Suzannah J Bumpstead8, Guillaume Charpentier61, Yii-Der Ida Chen62, Peter Chines47, Robert Clarke63, Lachlan J MCoin17, Matthew NCooper64, Marilyn Cornelis37, Gabe Crawford6, Laura Crisponi65, Ian NMDay38, Eco J Cde Geus23, Jerome Delplanque13, Christian Dina13, Michael R Erdos47, Annette CFedson64,66, Antje Fischer-Rosinsky67,68, Nita GForouhi3, Caroline SFox2,69, Rune Frants70, Maria Grazia Franzosi71, Pilar Galan72, Mark OGoodarzi62, Jürgen Graessler73, Christopher J Groves4, Scott Grundy74, Rhian Gwilliam8, Ulf Gyllensten75, Samy Hadjadj76, Göran Hallmans77, Naomi Hammond8, Xijing Han10, Anna-Liisa Hartikainen78, Neelam Hassanali4, Caroline Hayward25, Simon CHeath79, Serge Hercberg80, Christian Herder81, Andrew A Hicks82, David R Hillman66,83, Aroon DHingorani36, Albert Hofman22, Jennie Hui52,84, Joe Hung85,86, Bo Isomaa87,88, Paul R V Johnson4,89, Torben Jørgensen90,91, Antti Jula92, Marika Kaakinen93, Jaakko Kaprio94–96, Y Antero Kesaniemi97, Mika Kivimaki36, Beatrice Knight98, Seppo Koskinen99, Peter Kovacs100, Kirsten Ohm Kyvik101, GMark Lathrop79, Debbie A Lawlor38, Olivier Le Bacquer13, Cécile Lecoeur13, Yun Li10, Valeriya Lyssenko102, Robert Mahley103, Massimo Mangino9, Alisa KManning1, María Teresa Martínez-Larrad39, Jarred B McAteer6,104,105, Laura J McCulloch4, Ruth McPherson106, Christa Meisinger21, David Melzer28, David Meyre13, Braxton DMitchell45, Mario A Morken47, Sutapa Mukherjee66,83, Silvia Naitza65, Narisu Narisu47, Matthew J Neville4,107, Ben A Oostra108, Marco Orrù65, Ruth Pakyz45, Colin NA Palmer109, Giuseppe Paolisso110, Cristian Pattaro82, Daniel Pearson47, John F Peden5,27, Nancy LPedersen42, Markus Perola96,111,112, Andreas F H Pfeiffer67,68, Irene Pichler82, Ozren Polasek113, Danielle Posthuma23,114, Simon CPotter8, Anneli Pouta115, Michael A Province44, Bruce MPsaty116,117, Wolfgang Rathmann118, Nigel WRayner4,5, Kenneth Rice119, Samuli Ripatti96,111, Fernando Rivadeneira22,120, Michael Roden81,121, Olov Rolandsson122, Annelli Sandbaek123, Manjinder Sandhu3,124, Serena Sanna65, Avan Aihie Sayer125, Paul Scheet126, Laura J Scott10, Udo Seedorf127, Stephen J Sharp3, Beverley Shields98, Gunnar Sigurdsson55,56, Eric J GSijbrands22,120, Angela Silveira128, Laila Simpson64,66, Andrew Singleton129, Nicholas LSmith130,131, Ulla Sovio17, Amy Swift47, Holly Syddall125, Ann-Christine Syvänen132, Toshiko Tanaka133,134, Barbara Thorand21, Jean Tichet135, Anke Tönjes60,136, Tiinamaija Tuomi87,137, André GUitterlinden22,120, Ko Willems van Dijk70,138, Mandy van Hoek120, Dhiraj Varma8, Sophie Visvikis-Siest139, Veronique Vitart25, Nicole Vogelzangs140, Gérard Waeber141, Peter J Wagner96,111, Andrew Walley142, GBragi Walters19, Kim LWard64,66, Hugh Watkins5,27, Michael NWeedon28, Sarah H Wild24, Gonneke Willemsen23, Jaqueline CMWitteman22, John WGYarnell143, Eleftheria Zeggini5,8, Diana Zelenika79, Björn Zethelius43,144, Guangju Zhai9, Jing Hua Zhao3, MCarola Zillikens120, DIAGRAMConsortium145, GIANTConsortium145, Global BPgen Consortium145,Ingrid B Borecki44, Ruth J F Loos3, Pierre Meneton80, Patrik KEMagnusson42, David MNathan104,105, Gordon H Williams69,105, Andrew THattersley98, Kaisa Silander96,111, Veikko Salomaa146, George Davey Smith38, Stefan R Bornstein73, Peter Schwarz73, Joachim Spranger67,68, Fredrik Karpe4,107, Alan R Shuldiner45, Cyrus Cooper125, George V Dedoussis34, Manuel Serrano-Ríos39, Andrew DMorris109, Lars Lind132, Lyle J Palmer64,66,84, Frank B Hu147,148, Paul WFranks149, Shah Ebrahim150, Michael Marmot36, WH Linda Kao33,151,152, James SPankow153, Michael J Sampson154, Johanna Kuusisto155, Markku Laakso155, Torben Hansen31,156, Oluf Pedersen31,59,157, Peter Paul Pramstaller82,158,159, H Erich Wichmann21,160,161, Thomas Illig21, Igor Rudan24,162,163, Alan F Wright25, Michael Stumvoll60, Harry Campbell24, James F Wilson24, Anders Hamsten on behalf of Procardis Consortium128, Richard NBergman164, Thomas A Buchanan164,165, Francis SCollins47, Karen LMohlke166, Jaakko Tuomilehto94,167, 168, Timo TValle167, David Altshuler6,7,104,105, Jerome I Rotter62, David SSiscovick169, Brenda WJ H Penninx140, Dorret I Boomsma23, Panos Deloukas8, Timothy DSpector8,9, Timothy MFrayling28, Luigi Ferrucci170, Augustine Kong19, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir19,171, Kari Stefansson19,171, Cornelia Mvan Duijn22, Yurii SAulchenko22, Antonio Cao65, Angelo Scuteri172,177, David Schlessinger47, Manuela Uda65, Aimo Ruokonen173, Marjo-Riitta Jarvelin17,93, 174, Dawn MWaterworth26, Peter Vollenweider141, Leena Peltonen8,48,96,111,112, Vincent Mooser26, Goncalo R Abecasis10, Nicholas J Wareham3, Robert Sladek40,41, Philippe Froguel13,142, Richard MWatanabe164,175, James B Meigs35,105, Leif Groop102, Michael Boehnke10, Mark I McCarthy4,5,107, Jose CFlorez6,7,104,105 & Inês Barroso11 for the MAGIC investigators
1 Department of Biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
2 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Framingham Heart Study, Framingham, Massachusetts, USA.
3 Medical Research Council (MRC), Epidemiology Unit, Institute of Metabolic Science, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK.
4 Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
5 Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
6 Program in Medical and Population Genetics, Broad Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
7 Center for Human Genetic Research, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
8 Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK.
9 Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology Department, King's College London, St Thomas' Hospital Campus, London, UK.
10 Center for Statistical Genetics, Department of Biostatistics, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
11 Metabolic Disease Group, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK.
12 Cardiovascular Health Research Unit and Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.
13 Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique–Unité Mixte de Recherche 8090 , Pasteur Institute, Lille 2 –Droit et Santé University, Lille, France.
14 Department of Medical Genetics, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.
15 University Institute of Social and Preventative Medicine, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) and University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.
16 Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Lausanne, Switzerland.
17 Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Imperial College London, Faculty of Medicine, Norfolk Place, London, UK.
18 Boston University Data Coordinating Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
19 deCODE Genetics, Reykjavik, Iceland.
20 Department of Human Genetics, Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands.
21 Institute of Epidemiology, Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany.
22 Department of Epidemiology, Erasmus Medical College, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
23 Department of Biological Psychology, VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
24 Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.
25 MRC Human Genetics Unit, Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, Edinburgh, UK.
26 Division of Genetics, Research and Development, GlaxoSmithKline, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA.
27 Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
28 Genetics of Complex Traits, Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.
29 National Institute of Aging, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
30 Unit for Child and Adolescent Health and Welfare, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Biocenter Oulu, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland.
31 Hagedorn Research Institute, Gentofte, Denmark.
32 Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Level 7, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, UK.
33 Department of Epidemiology, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
34 Department of Nutrition–Dietetics, Harokopio University, Athens, Greece.
35 General Medicine Division, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
36 Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, London, UK.
37 Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
38 MRC Centre for Causal Analyses in Translational Epidemiology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.
39 Fundación para la Investigación Biomédica del Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Madrid, Spain.
40 Departments of Medicine and Human Genetics, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
41 Genome Quebec Innovation Centre, Montreal, Canada.
42 Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
43 Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
44 Division of Statistical Genomics, Department of Genetics, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
45 Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
46 INSERM U 859 , Universite de Lille-Nord de France, Lille, France.
47 Genome Technology Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
48 The Broad Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
49 Leiden Genome Technology Center, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands.
50 INSERM U 780 , Paris Sud University, Villejuif, France.
51 The Heart Research Institute, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
52 PathWest Laboratory of Western Australia, Department of Molecular Genetics, J Block, QEII Medical Centre, Nedlands West Australia, Australia.
53 School of Surgery and Pathology, University of Western Australia, Nedlands West Australia, Australia.
54 Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.
55 Landspitali University Hospital, Reykjavik, Iceland.
56 Icelandic Heart Association, Kopavogur, Iceland.
57 The Human Genetics Center and Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas, USA.
58 Steno Diabetes Center, Gentofte, Denmark.
59 Faculty of Health Science, University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark.
60 Department of Medicine, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany.
61 Endocrinology–Diabetology Unit, Corbeil-Essonnes Hospital, Essonnes, France.
62 Medical Genetics Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
63 Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
64 Centre for Genetic Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.
65 Istituto di Neurogenetica e Neurofarmacologia (INN), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, c/o Cittadella Universitaria di Monserrato, Monserrato, Cagliari, Italy.
66 Western Australian Sleep Disorders Research Institute, Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre II, Perth, Australia.
67 Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition, Charite-Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
68 Department of Clinical Nutrition, German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke, Nuthetal, Germany.
69 Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Hypertension, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
70 Department of Human Genetics, Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands.
71 Department of Cardiovascular Research, Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche ‘Mario Negri’, Milan, Italy.
72 Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Université Paris
13 , Bobigny Cedex, France.
73 Department of Medicine III, Division Prevention and Care of Diabetes, University of Dresden, Dresden, Germany.
74 Center for Human Nutrition, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA.
75 Department of Genetics and Pathology, Rudbeck Laboratory, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
76 Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, de Poitiers, Endocrinologie Diabetologie, CIC INSERM 0802, INSERM U927, Université de Poitiers, Unité de Formation et de Recherche, Médecine Pharmacie, Poitiers, France.
77 Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Section for Nutritional Research, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
78 Department of Clinical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Oulu, University of Oulu, Finland.
79 Centre National de Génotypage/Institut de génomique/Commissariat à l'énergie atomique, Evry Cedex, France. 80 INSERM U872, Faculté de Médecine Paris Descartes, Paris Cedex, France.
81 Institute for Clinical Diabetology, German Diabetes Center, Leibniz Center for Diabetes Research at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany.
82 Institute of Genetic Medicine, European Academy Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC), Viale Druso, Bolzano, Italy, Affiliated Institute of the University Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany.
83 Department of Pulmonary Physiology, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Australia.
84 Busselton Population Medical Research Foundation, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Australia.
85 Heart Institute of Western Australia, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands West Australia, Australia.
86 School of Medicine and Pharmacology, University of Western Australia, Nedlands West Australia, Australia.
87 Folkhalsan Research Centre, Helsinki, Finland.
88 Malmska Municipal Health Care Center and Hospital, Jakobstad, Finland.
89 Nuffield Department of Surgery, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
90 Research Centre for Prevention and Health, Glostrup University Hospital, Glostrup, Denmark.
91 Faculty of Health Science, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
92 National Institute for Health and Welfare, Unit of Population Studies, Turku, Finland.
93 Institute of Health Sciences and Biocenter Oulu, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland.
94 Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.
95 National Institute for Health and Welfare, Unit for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Helsinki, Finland.
96 Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.
97 Department of Internal Medicine and Biocenter Oulu, Oulu, Finland.
98 Diabetes Genetics, Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Science, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.
99 National Institute for Health and Welfare, Unit of Living Conditions, Health and Wellbeing, Helsinki, Finland.
100 Interdisciplinary Centre for Clinical Research, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany.
101 The Danish Twin Registry, Epidemiology, Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
102 Department of Clinical Sciences, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Lund University, University Hospital Malmö, Malmö, Sweden.
103 Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA.
104 Diabetes Research Center, Diabetes Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
105 Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
106 Division of Cardiology, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
107 Oxford National Institute for Health Research, Biomedical Research Centre, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, UK.
108 Department of Clinical Genetics, Erasmus Medical College, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
109 Biomedical Research Institute, University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, UK.
110 Department of Geriatric Medicine and Metabolic Disease, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy.
111 National Institute for Health and Welfare, Unit of Public Health Genomics, Helsinki, Finland.
112 Department of Medical Genetics, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.
113 Department of Medical Statistics, Epidemiology and Medical Informatics, Andrija Stampar School of Public Health, Medical School, University of Zagreb, Rockefellerova, Zagreb, Croatia.
114 Department of Clinical Genetics, VU University and Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
115 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland.
116 Departments of Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Services, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.
117 Group Health Research Institute, Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, Washington, USA.
118 Institute of Biometrics and Epidemiology, German Diabetes Centre, Leibniz Centre at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany.
119 Department of Biostatistics, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.
120 Department of Internal Medicine, Erasmus Medical College, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
121 Department of Metabolic Diseases, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany.
122 Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Section for Family Medicine, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
123 School of Public Health, Department of General Practice, University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark.
124 Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Strangeways Research Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.
125 MRC Epidemiology Resource Centre, University of Southampton, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, UK.
126 Department of Epidemiology, University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA.
127 Leibniz-Institut für Arterioskleroseforschung an der Universität Münster, Münster, Germany.
128 Atherosclerosis Research Unit, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
129 Laboratory of Neurogenetics, National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
130 Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.
131 Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center, Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Development, Seattle, Washington, USA.
132 Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
133 Medstar Research Institute, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
134 Clinical Research Branch, National Institute on Aging, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
135 Institut interrégional pour la santé (IRSA), La Riche, France.
136 Coordination Centre for Clinical Trials, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany.
137 Department of Medicine, Helsinki University Hospital, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.
138 Department of Internal Medicine, Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands.
139 Research Unit, Cardiovascular Genetics, Nancy University Henri Poincaré, Nancy, France.
140 EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, Department of Psychiatry, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
141 Department of Internal Medicine, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland.
142 Genomic Medicine, Imperial College London, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK.
143 Epidemiology and Public Health, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK.
144 Medical Products Agency, Uppsala, Sweden.
145 See Supplementary Note for a full list of authors.
146 National Institute for Health and Welfare, Unit of Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Prevention, Helsinki, Finland.
147 Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
148 Channing Laboratory, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
149 Genetic Epidemiology and Clinical Research Group, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Section for Medicine, Umeå University Hospital, Umeå, Sweden.
150 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK.
151 Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
152 The Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research, School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
153 Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
154 Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital National Health Service Trust, Norwich, UK.
155 Department of Medicine, University of Kuopio and Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland.
156 Faculty of Health Science, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
157 Institute of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Health Science, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
158 Department of Neurology, General Central Hospital, Bolzano, Italy.
159 Department of Neurology, University of Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany.
160 Institute of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany.
161 Klinikum Grosshadern, Munich, Germany.
162 School of Medicine, University of Split, Split, Croatia.
163 Gen-Info Ltd., Zagreb, Croatia.
164 Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA.
165 Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA.
166 Department of Genetics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
167 National Institute for Health and Welfare, Unit of Diabetes Prevention, Helsinki, Finland.
168 South Ostrobothnia Central Hospital, Seinajoki, Finland.
169 Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.
170 Longitudinal Studies Section, Clinical Research Branch, National Institute on Aging, NIH, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
171 Faculty of Medicine, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland.
172 Lab of Cardiovascular Sciences, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
173 Department of Clinical Sciences/Clinical Chemistry, University of Oulu, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland.
174 National Institute of Health and Welfare, Oulu, Finland.
175 Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA.
176 MRC–Health Protection Agency Centre for Environment and Health, Imperial College London, London, UK.
177 UOC Geriatria, Istituto Nazionale Ricovero e cura per Anziani (INRCA) IRCCS, Rome, Italy.
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Conceived and designed the experiments: Z Dastani, JB Richards, DM Waterworth, VE Mooser, C van Duijn, A Isaacs, JB Meigs, JC Florez, M-F Hivert, F Kronenberg, IM Heid, PP Pramstaller, JR Kizer, DS Siscovick, BM Psaty, O Raitakari, T Lehtimäki, JG Eriksson, M Perola, V Salomaa, RJF Loos, NJ Wareham, T Harris, L Qi, FB Hu, I Meulenbelt, M Kloppenburg, CM Ballantyne, H-E Wichmann, B Paulweber, L Kendenko, JG Wilson, A Bidulescu, S Musani, SG Buxbaum, S Redline, MA Allison, KL Mohlke, AP Morris, K Small. Performed the experiments: L Ferrucci, JM Egan, OD Carlson, P Vollenweider, C Lamina, NJ Wareham, J Chambers, J Kooner, R Frants, K Willems-vanDijk, SM Willems, TM Frayling, S Böhringer, F Kronenberg, AA Hicks, BM Psaty, I Chen, RP Tracy, M Kähönen, J Viikari, K Kristiansson, M-L Nuotio, K Lohman, A Kanaya, PE Slagboom, M Beekman, D van Heemst, I Meulenbelt, M Kloppenburg, CM Ballantyne, N Klopp, S Coassin, E Katsareli, A Bidulescu, MA Allison, LJ Rasmussen-Torvik, X Guo, JB Borja, LS Adair, M Haun. Analyzed the data: Z Dastani, N Timpson, T Tanaka, KA Kapur, R Semple, X Yuan, P Henneman, A Isaacs, J Dupuis, J Grimsby, AK Manning, CT Liu, JRB Perry, AR Wood, F Kronenberg, IM Heid, TW Winkler, C Langenberg, C Fuchsberger, J Brody, L-P Lyytikäinen, RA Scott, Y Liu, M Garcia, L Qi, FB Hu, M Beekman, I Meulenbelt, H-W Uh, JS Pankow, S Kanoni, A Bidulescu, SG Buxbaum, Y Wu, AP Morris, K Small, TM Teslovich, BA Oostra, AR Wood. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: DM Evans, B St. Pourcain, N Sattar, CMT Greenwood, TD Spector, M Ladouceur, CV Dedoussis, JB Meigs, F Kronenberg, IM Heid, TW Winkler, C Langenberg, AA Hicks, PP Pramstaller, BM Psaty, I Chen, RP Tracy, A Jula, B-M Loo, PE Slagboom, S Bandinelli, I Meulenbelt, H-W Uh, M Kloppenburg, DJ Couper, H-E Wichmann, B Paulweber, GV Dedoussis, P Deloukas, S Redline, T Johnson, BA Oostra, GD Smith. Wrote the paper: Z Dastani, JB Richards, CMT Greenwood, N Timpson, DM Waterworth, VE Mooser, CV Dedoussis, A Isaacs, JB Meigs, JC Florez, J Dupuis, JRB Perry, M-F Hivert, F Kronenberg, IM Heid, T Lehtimäki, M Perola, RA Scott, C Langenberg, RJF Loos, T Harris, DJ Couper, CM Ballantyne, BB Duncan, H-E Wichmann, KL Mohlke, AP Morris, K Small, R Semple. Undertook meta-analysis: Z Dastani, J Dupuis. Did multi-ethnic analysis: AP Morris. Did expression analysis: K Small. Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: Z Dastani.
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