BackgroundIrritable bowel syndrome (IBS) shows genetic predisposition, however, large-scale, powered gene mapping studies are lacking. We sought to exploit existing genetic (genotype) and epidemiological (questionnaire) data from a series of population-based cohorts for IBS genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and their meta-analysis.
MethodsBased on questionnaire data compatible with Rome III Criteria, we identified a total of 1335 IBS cases and 9768 asymptomatic individuals from 5 independent European genotyped cohorts. Individual GWAS were carried out with sex-adjusted logistic regression under an additive model, followed by meta-analysis using the inverse variance method. Functional annotation of significant results was obtained via a computational pipeline exploiting ontology and interaction networks, and tissue-specific and gene set enrichment analyses.
Key ResultsSuggestive GWAS signals (P5.0x10(-6)) were detected for 7 genomic regions, harboring 64 gene candidates to affect IBS risk via functional or expression changes. Functional annotation of this gene set convincingly (best FDR-corrected P=3.1x10(-10)) highlighted regulation of ion channel activity as the most plausible pathway affecting IBS risk.
Conclusion & InferencesOur results confirm the feasibility of population-based studies for gene-discovery efforts in IBS, identify risk genes and loci to be prioritized in independent follow-ups, and pinpoint ion channels as important players and potential therapeutic targets warranting further investigation.
- GENOME-WIDE ASSOCIATION
- FUNCTIONAL GI DISORDERS
- SWEDISH TWIN REGISTRY
- GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS
- TRP CHANNELS