Coinherited genetics of multiple myeloma and its precursor, monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance

Alyssa I. Clay-Gilmour, Michelle A.T. Hildebrandt, Elizabeth E. Brown, Jonathan N. Hofmann, John J. Spinelli, Graham G. Giles, Wendy Cozen, Parveen Bhatti, Xifeng Wu, Rosalie G. Waller, Alem A. Belachew, Dennis P. Robinson, Aaron D. Norman, Jason P. Sinnwell, Sonja I. Berndt, S. Vincent Rajkumar, Shaji K. Kumar, Stephen J. Chanock, Mitchell J. Machiela, Roger L. MilneSusan L. Slager, Nicola J. Camp, Elad Ziv, Celine M. Vachon

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So far, 23 germline susceptibility loci have been associated with multiple myeloma (MM) risk. It is unclear whether the genetic variation associated with MM susceptibility also predisposes to its precursor, monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS). Leveraging 2434 MM cases, 754 MGUS cases, and 2 independent sets of controls (2567/879),we investigated potential shared genetic susceptibility of MM and MGUS by (1) performing MM and MGUS genome-wide association studies (GWAS); (2) validating the association of a polygenic risk score (PRS) based on 23 established MM loci (MM-PRS) with risk of MM, and for the first time with MGUS; and (3) examining genetic correlation of MM and MGUS. Heritability and genetic estimates yielded 17% (standard error [SE] ± 0.04) and 15% (SE ± 0.11) for MM and MGUS risk, respectively, and a 55% (SE ± 0.30) genetic correlation. The MM-PRS was associated with risk of MM when assessed continuously (odds ratio [OR], 1.17 per SD; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.13-1.21) or categorically (OR, 1.70; 95% CI, 1.38-2.09 for highest; OR, 0.71; 95% CI, 0.55-0.90 for lowest compared with middle quintile). The MM-PRS was similarly associated with MGUS (OR, 1.19 per SD; 95% CI, 1.14-1.26 as a continuous measure, OR, 1.77, 95%CI: 1.29-2.43 for highest and OR, 0.70, 95%CI: 0.50-0.98 for lowest compared with middle quintile). MM and MGUS associations did not differ by age, sex, or MM immunoglobulin isotype. We validated a 23-SNP MM-PRS in an independent series of MM cases and provide evidence for its association with MGUS. Our results suggest shared common genetic susceptibility to MM and MGUS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2789-2797
Number of pages9
JournalBlood Advances
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 23 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology


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