Genome-wide association study identifies variants at 16p13 associated with survival in multiple myeloma patients

Elad Ziv, Eric Dean, Donglei Hu, Alessandro Martino, Daniel Serie, Karen Curtin, Daniele Campa, Blake Aftab, Paige Bracci, Gabriele Buda, Yi Zhao, Jennifer Caswell-Jin, Robert Diasio, Charles Dumontet, Marek Dudziński, Laura Fejerman, Alexandra Greenberg, Scott Huntsman, Krzysztof Jamroziak, Artur JurczyszynShaji Kumar, Djordje Atanackovic, Martha Glenn, Lisa A. Cannon-Albright, Brandt Jones, Adam Lee, Herlander Marques, Thomas Martin, Joaquin Martinez-Lopez, Vincent Rajkumar, Juan Sainz, Annette Juul Vangsted, Marzena Wątek, Jeffrey Wolf, Susan Slager, Nicola J. Camp, Federico Canzian, Celine Vachon

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Here we perform the first genome-wide association study (GWAS) of multiple myeloma (MM) survival. In a meta-analysis of 306 MM patients treated at UCSF and 239 patients treated at the Mayo clinic, we find a significant association between SNPs near the gene FOPNL on chromosome 16p13 and survival (rs72773978; P=6 × 10-10). Patients with the minor allele are at increased risk for mortality (HR: 2.65; 95% CI: 1.94-3.58) relative to patients homozygous for the major allele. We replicate the association in the IMMEnSE cohort including 772 patients, and a University of Utah cohort including 318 patients (rs72773978 P=0.044). Using publicly available data, we find that the minor allele was associated with increased expression of FOPNL and increased expression of FOPNL was associated with higher expression of centrosomal genes and with shorter survival. Polymorphisms at the FOPNL locus are associated with survival among MM patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7539
JournalNature communications
StatePublished - Jul 22 2015

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  • General
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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