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MRPL53, a New Candidate Gene for Orofacial Clefting, Identified Using an eQTL Approach

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Masotti, C. [1, 2] ; Brito, L. A. [1] ; Nica, A. C. [3, 4, 5] ; Ludwig, K. U. [6, 7] ; Nunes, K. [1] ; Savastano, C. P. [1] ; Malcher, C. [1] ; Ferreira, S. G. [1] ; Kobayashi, G. S. [1] ; Bueno, D. F. [1] ; Alonso, N. [8] ; Franco, D. [9] ; Rojas-Martinez, A. [10, 11] ; dos Santos, S. E. [12] ; Galante, P. A. [2] ; Meyer, D. [1] ; Huenemeier, T. [1] ; Mangold, E. [6] ; Dermitzakis, E. T. [3, 4, 5] ; Passos-Bueno, M. R. [1]
Total Authors: 20
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[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Dept Genet & Evolutionary Biol, Rua Matao 277, Sala 200, BR-05508090 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[2] Hosp Sirio Libanes, Mol Oncol Ctr, Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[3] Univ Geneva, Dept Genet Med & Dev, Med Sch, Geneva - Switzerland
[4] Univ Geneva, Inst Genet & Genom Geneva iGE3, Geneva - Switzerland
[5] Swiss Inst Bioinformat, Geneva - Switzerland
[6] Univ Bonn, Inst Human Genet, Bonn - Germany
[7] Univ Bonn, Dept Genom, Life & Brain Ctr, Bonn - Germany
[8] Univ Sao Paulo, Dept Plast Surg, Med Sch, Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[9] Univ Fed Rio de Janeiro, Hosp Clementino Braga Filho, Dept Plast Surg, Med Sch, Rio De Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
[10] Univ Autonoma Nuevo Leon, Sch Med, Dept Biochem & Mol Med, Monterrey - Mexico
[11] Univ Autonoma Nuevo Leon, Ctr Invest & Desarrollo Ciencias Salud, Monterrey - Mexico
[12] Fed Univ Para, Inst Biol Sci, Belem, Para - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 12
Document type: Journal article
Source: JOURNAL OF DENTAL RESEARCH; v. 97, n. 1, p. 33-40, JAN 2018.
Web of Science Citations: 0
Abstract

A valuable approach to understand how individual and population genetic differences can predispose to disease is to assess the impact of genetic variants on cellular functions (e.g., gene expression) of cell and tissue types related to pathological states. To understand the genetic basis of nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (NSCL/P) susceptibility, a complex and highly prevalent congenital malformation, we searched for genetic variants with a regulatory role in a disease-related tissue, the lip muscle (orbicularis oris muscle {[}OOM]), of affected individuals. From 46 OOM samples, which are frequently discarded during routine corrective surgeries on patients with orofacial clefts, we derived mesenchymal stem cells and correlated the individual genetic variants with gene expression from these cultured cells. Through this strategy, we detected significant cis-eQTLs (i.e., DNA variants affecting gene expression) and selected a few candidates to conduct an association study in a large Brazilian cohort (624 patients and 668 controls). This resulted in the discovery of a novel susceptibility locus for NSCL/P, rs1063588, the best eQTL for the MRPL53 gene, where evidence for association was mostly driven by the Native American ancestry component of our Brazilian sample. MRPL53 (2p13.1) encodes a 39S protein subunit of mitochondrial ribosomes and interacts with MYC, a transcription factor required for normal facial morphogenesis. Our study illustrates not only the importance of sampling admixed populations but also the relevance of measuring the functional effects of genetic variants over gene expression to dissect the complexity of disease phenotypes. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/08028-1 - CEGH-CEL - Human Genome and Stem Cell Research Center
Grantee:Mayana Zatz
Support type: Research Grants - Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers - RIDC