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An intronic VNTR affects splicing of ABCA7 and increases risk of Alzheimers disease
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BELNEU Consortium
Abstract
Mutations leading to premature termination codons in ATP-Binding Cassette Subfamily A Member 7 (ABCA7) are high penetrant risk factors of Alzheimers disease (AD). The influence of other genetic variants in ABCA7 and downstream functional mechanisms, however, is poorly understood. To address this knowledge gap, we investigated tandem repetitive regions in ABCA7 in a Belgian cohort of 1529 AD patients and control individuals and identified an intronic variable number tandem repeat (VNTR). We observed strong association between VNTR length and a genome-wide associated signal for AD in the ABCA7 locus. Expanded VNTR alleles were highly enriched in AD patients [odds ratio = 4.5 (1.324.2)], and VNTR length inversely correlated with amyloid β142 in cerebrospinal fluid and ABCA7 expression. In addition, we identified three novel ABCA7 alternative splicing events. One isoform in particularwhich is formed through exon 19 skippinglacks the first nucleotide binding domain of ABCA7 and is abundant in brain tissue. We observed a tight correlation between exon 19 skipping and VNTR length. Our findings underline the importance of studying repetitive DNA in complex disorders and expand the contribution of genetic and transcript variation in ABCA7 to AD.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Acta neuropathologica. - Berlin
Acta neuropathologica. - Berlin
Publication
Berlin : 2018
ISSN
0001-6322
Volume/pages
135 :6 (2018) , p. 827-837
ISI
000432296500002
Pubmed ID
29589097
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UAntwerpen
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Last edited 15.10.2021
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