Gab2 as an alzheimer disease susceptibility gene: Follow-up of genomewide association results

Brit Maren M. Schjeide, Basavaraj Hooli, Michele Parkinson, Meghan F. Hogan, Jason Divito, Kristina Mullin, Deborah Blacker, Rudolph E. Tanzi, Lars Bertram

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Background: Genomewide association (GWA) studies have recently implicated 4 novel Alzheimer disease (AD) susceptibility loci (GAB2, GOLM1, and 2 uncharacterized loci to date on chromosomes 9p and 15q). To our knowledge, these findings have not been independently replicated. Objective: To assess these GWA findings in 4 large data sets of families affected by AD. Design: Follow-up of genetic association findings in previous studies. Setting: Academic research. Participants: More than 4000 DNA samples from almost 1300 families affected with AD. Main Outcome Measures: Genetic association analysis testing of 4 GWA signals (rs7101429 [GAB2], rs7019241 [GOLM1 ], rs10519262 [chromosome 15q], and rs9886784 [chromosome 9p]) using family-based methods. Results: In the combined analyses, only rs7101429 in GAB2 yielded significant evidence of association with the same allele as in the original GWA study (P=.002). The results are in agreement with recent meta-analyses of this and other GAB2 polymorphisms suggesting approximately a 30% decrease in risk for AD among carriers of the minor alleles. None of the other 3 tested loci showed consistent evidence for association with AD across the investigated data sets. Conclusions: GAB2 contains genetic variants that may lead to a modest change in the risk for AD. Despite these promising results, more data from independent samples are needed to better evaluate the potential contribution of GAB2 to AD risk in the general population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-254
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Neurology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes


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