Background-Genetic determinants of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) remain largely unknown. To identify genetic variants associated with the ankle-brachial index (ABI), a noninvasive measure of PAD, we conducted a meta-analysis of genome-wide association study data from 21 population-based cohorts. Methods and Results-Continuous ABI and PAD (ABI <0.9) phenotypes adjusted for age and sex were examined. Each study conducted genotyping and imputed data to the <2.5 million single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in HapMap. Linear and logistic regression models were used to test each SNP for association with ABI and PAD using additive genetic models. Study-specific data were combined using fixed effects inverse variance weighted meta-analyses. There were a total of 41 692 participants of European ancestry (<60% women, mean ABI 1.02 to 1.19), including 3409 participants with PAD and with genome-wide association study data available. In the discovery meta-analysis, rs10757269 on chromosome 9 near CDKN2B had the strongest association with ABI (β-0.006, P=2.46×10-8). We sought replication of the 6 strongest SNP associations in 5 population-based studies and 3 clinical samples (n=16 717). The association for rs10757269 strengthened in the combined discovery and replication analysis (P=2.65×10-9). No other SNP associations for ABI or PAD achieved genome-wide significance. However, 2 previously reported candidate genes for PAD and 1 SNP associated with coronary artery disease were associated with ABI: DAB21P (rs13290547, P=3.6×10-5), CYBA (rs3794624, P=6.3×10-5), and rs1122608 (LDLR, P=0.0026). Conclusions-Genome-wide association studies in more than 40 000 individuals identified 1 genome wide significant association on chromosome 9p21 with ABI. Two candidate genes for PAD and 1 SNP for coronary artery disease are associated with ABI.

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Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics
Department of Clinical Genetics

Murabito, J, White, C.C, Kavousi, M, Sun, Y.V, Feitosa, M.F, Nambi, V, … Kronenberg, F. (2012). Association between chromosome 9p21 variants and the ankle-brachial index identified by a meta-analysis of 21 genome-wide association studies. Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, 5(1), 100–112. doi:10.1161/CIRCGENETICS.111.961292