3 years ago

A Powerful Framework for Integrating eQTL and GWAS Summary Data.

Two new gene-based association analysis methods, called PrediXcan and TWAS for GWAS individual-level and summary data respectively, were recently proposed to integrate GWAS with eQTL data, alleviating two common problems in GWAS by boosting statistical power and facilitating biological interpretation of GWAS discoveries. Based on a novel reformulation of PrediXcan and TWAS, we propose a more powerful gene-based association test to integrate single set or multiple sets of eQTL data with GWAS individual-level data or summary statistics. The proposed test was applied to several GWAS datasets, including two lipid summary association datasets based on ~ 100,000 and ~ 189,000 samples respectively, and uncovered more known or novel trait-associated genes, showcasing much improved performance of our proposed method. The software implementing the proposed method is freely available as an R package.

Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1534/genetics.117.300270

DOI: 10.1534/genetics.117.300270

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