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Association of common genetic variants with brain microbleeds: A Genome-wide Association Study

Knol, MJ; Lu, D; Traylor, M; Adams, HH; Rafael J Romero, J; Smith, AV; Fornage, M; ... Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative; + view all (2020) Association of common genetic variants with brain microbleeds: A Genome-wide Association Study. Neurology 10.1212/WNL.0000000000010852. (In press). Green open access

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OBJECTIVE: To identify common genetic variants associated with the presence of brain microbleeds (BMB). METHODS: We performed genome-wide association studies in 11 population-based cohort studies and 3 case-control or case-only stroke cohorts. Genotypes were imputed to the Haplotype Reference Consortium or 1000 Genomes reference panel. BMB were rated on susceptibility-weighted or T2*-weighted gradient echo magnetic resonance imaging sequences, and further classified as lobar, or mixed (including strictly deep and infratentorial, possibly with lobar BMB). In a subset, we assessed the effects of APOE ε2 and ε4 alleles on BMB counts. We also related previously identified cerebral small vessel disease variants to BMB. RESULTS: BMB were detected in 3,556 of the 25,862 participants, of which 2,179 were strictly lobar and 1,293 mixed. One locus in the APOE region reached genome-wide significance for its association with BMB (lead SNP rs769449; ORany BMB (95% CI)=1.33 (1.21-1.45); p=2.5x10-10). APOE ε4 alleles were associated with strictly lobar (OR (95% CI)=1.34 (1.19-1.50); p=1.0x10-6) but not with mixed BMB counts (OR (95% CI)=1.04 (0.86-1.25); p=0.68). APOE ε2 alleles did not show associations with BMB counts. Variants previously related to deep intracerebral haemorrhage and lacunar stroke, and a risk score of cerebral white matter hyperintensity variants, were associated with BMB. CONCLUSIONS: Genetic variants in the APOE region are associated with the presence of BMB, most likely due to the APOE ε4 allele count related to a higher number of strictly lobar BMB. Genetic predisposition to small vessel disease confers risk of BMB, indicating genetic overlap with other cerebral small vessel disease markers.

Type: Article
Title: Association of common genetic variants with brain microbleeds: A Genome-wide Association Study
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000010852
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0000000000010852
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. on behalf of the American Academy of Neurology. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License 4.0 (CC BY-NC-ND) (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits downloading and sharing the work provided it is properly cited. The work cannot be changed in any way or used commercially without permission from the journal.
Keywords: MRI, Association studies in genetics, Other cerebrovascular disease/ Stroke
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology > Brain Repair and Rehabilitation
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology > Department of Neuromuscular Diseases
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10110693
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