Journal Article

Genome-wide association of serum bilirubin levels in Korean population

Tae-Wook Kang, Hee-Jin Kim, Hyoungseok Ju, Jeong-Hwan Kim, Yeo-Jin Jeon, Han-Chul Lee, Ka-Kyung Kim, Jong-Won Kim, Siwoo Lee, Jong Yeol Kim, Seon-Young Kim and Yong Sung Kim

in Human Molecular Genetics

Volume 19, issue 18, pages 3672-3678
Published in print September 2010 | ISSN: 0964-6906
Published online September 2010 | e-ISSN: 1460-2083 | DOI:
Genome-wide association of serum bilirubin levels in Korean population

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A large-scale, genome-wide association study was performed to identify genetic variations influencing serum bilirubin levels using 8841 Korean individuals. Significant associations were observed at UGT1A1 (rs11891311, P = 4.78 × 10−148) and SLCO1B3 (rs2417940, P = 1.03 × 10−17), which are two previously identified loci. The two single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were replicated (rs11891311, P = 3.18 × 10−15) or marginally significant (rs2417940, P = 8.56 × 10−4) in an independent cohort of 1096 individuals. In a conditional analysis adjusted for the top UGT1A1 variant (rs11891311), another variant in UGT1A1 (rs4148323, P = 1.22 × 10−121) remained significant; this suggests that in UGT1A1 at least two independent genetic variations influence the bilirubin levels in the Korean population. The protein coding variant rs4148323, which is monomorphic in European-derived populations, may be specifically associated with serum bilirubin levels in Asians (P = 2.56 × 10−70). The SLCO1B3 variant (rs2417940, P = 1.67 × 10−18) remained significant in a conditional analysis for the top UGT1A1 variant. Interestingly, there were significant differences in the associated variations of SLCO1B3 between Koreans and European-derived populations. While the variant rs2417940 at intron 7 of SLCO1B3 was more significantly associated in Koreans, variants rs17680137 (P = 0.584) and rs2117032 (P = 2.76 × 10−5), two of the top-ranked SNPs in European-derived populations, did not reach the genome-wide significance level. Also, variants in SLCO1B1 did not reach genome-wide significance in Koreans. Our result supports the idea that there are considerable ethnic differences in genetic association of bilirubin levels between Koreans and European-derived populations.

Journal Article.  3430 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Genetics and Genomics

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