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SummaryWhile many disease-associated variants have been identified through genome-wide association studies, their downstream molecular consequences remain unclear.To identify these effects, we performedcis-andtrans-expressionquantitative trait locus (eQTL) analysis in blood from 31,684 individuals through the eQTLGen Consortium.We observed thatcis-eQTLs can be detected for 88% of the studied genes, but that they have a different genetic architecture compared to disease-associated variants, limiting our ability to usecis-eQTLs to pinpoint causal genes within susceptibility loci.In contrast, trans-eQTLs (detected for 37% of 10,317 studied trait-associated variants) were more informative. Multiple unlinked variants, associated to the same complex trait, often converged on trans-genes that are known to play central roles in disease etiology.We observed the same when ascertaining the effect of polygenic scores calculated for 1,263 genome-wide association study (GWAS) traits. Expression levels of 13% of the studied genes correlated with polygenic scores, and many resulting genes are known to drive these traits.

Original publication

DOI

10.1101/447367

Type

Journal article

Publisher

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Publication Date

19/10/2018