Genome-wide association analysis implicates dysregulation of immunity genes in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

Philip J. Law, Sonja I. Berndt, Helen E. Speedy, Nicola J. Camp, Georgina P. Sava, Christine F. Skibola, Amy Holroyd, Vijai Joseph, Nicola J. Sunter, Alexandra Nieters, Silvia Bea, Alain Monnereau, David Martin-Garcia, Lynn R. Goldin, Guillem Clot, Lauren R. Teras, Inés Quintela, Brenda M. Birmann, Sandrine Jayne, Wendy CozenAneela Majid, Karin E. Smedby, Qing Lan, Claire E. Dearden, Angela R. Brooks-Wilson, Andrew G. Hall, Mark P. Purdue, Tryfonia Mainou-Fowler, Claire M Vajdic, Graham H. Jackson, Pierluigi Cocco, Helen Marr, Yawei Zhang, Tongzhang Zheng, Graham G. Giles, Charles Lawrence, Timothy G. Call, Mark Liebow, Mads Melbye, Bengt Glimelius, Larry Mansouri, Martha Glenn, Karen Curtin, William Ryan Diver, Brian K. Link, Lucia Conde, Paige M. Bracci, Elizabeth A. Holly, Rebecca D. Jackson, Lesley F. Tinker, Yolanda Benavente, Paolo Boffetta, Paul Brennan, Marc Maynadie, James McKay, Demetrius Albanes, Stephanie Weinstein, Zhaoming Wang, Neil E. Caporaso, Lindsay M. Morton, Richard K. Severson, Elio B Riboli, Paolo Vineis, Roel C.H. Vermeulen, Melissa C. Southey, Roger L Milne, Jacqueline Clavel, Sabine Topka, John J. Spinelli, Peter Kraft, Maria Grazia Ennas, Geoffrey Summerfield, Giovanni M. Ferri, Robert J. Harris, Lucia Miligi, Andrew R. Pettitt, Kari E. North, David J. Allsup, Joseph F. Fraumeni, James R. Bailey, Kenneth Offit, Guy Pratt, Henrik Hjalgrim, Chris Pepper, Stephen J Chanock, Chris Fegan, Richard Rosenquist, Silvia de Sanjose, Angel Carracedo, Martin J.S. Dyer, Daniel Catovsky, Elias Campo, James R. Cerhan, James M. Allan, Nathanial Rothman, Richard Houlston, Susan Slager

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Abstract

Several chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) susceptibility loci have been reported; however, much of the heritable risk remains unidentified. Here we perform a meta-analysis of six genome-wide association studies, imputed using a merged reference panel of 1,000 Genomes and UK10K data, totalling 6,200 cases and 17,598 controls after replication. We identify nine risk loci at 1p36.11 (rs34676223, P=5.04 × 10-13), 1q42.13 (rs41271473, P=1.06 × 10-10), 4q24 (rs71597109, P=1.37 × 10 -10), 4q35.1 (rs57214277, P=3.69 × 10-8), 6p21.31 (rs3800461, P=1.97 × 10-8), 11q23.2 (rs61904987, P=2.64 × 10-11), 18q21.1 (rs1036935, P=3.27 × 10-8), 19p13.3 (rs7254272, P=4.67 × 10-8) and 22q13.33 (rs140522, P=2.70 × 10-9). These new and established risk loci map to areas of active chromatin and show an over-representation of transcription factor binding for the key determinants of B-cell development and immune response.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14175
Number of pages12
JournalNature Communications
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes

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