Discrete women American Samoa

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Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. Obesity is a complex phenotype affected by genetic and environmental influences such as sociocultural factors and individual behaviors. The two polities have a common evolutionary history but have lately been influenced by variations in economic development, leading to differences in income and wealth and in dietary and physical activity patterns. We now present a genome-wide linkage scan of the combined samples from the two polities. We adjust for environmental covariates, including polity of residence, education, cigarette smoking, and farm work, and use variance component methods to calculate univariate and bivariate multipoint lod scores.

These three regions have ly been reported to be linked to adiposity-related phenotypes in independent studies. However, the differences in between this study and our polity-specific studies suggest that environmental effects are of different importance in the samples. These strongly encourage further genetic studies of adiposity-related phenotypes where extended sets of carefully measured environmental factors are taken into.

Obesity has become a global health problem, contributing to the rise in non-communicable diseases, and is associated with nutrition transition changes in physical activity and diet 1 — 3. Overweight and obesity are remarkably frequent in adults residing on the Samoan islands.

Their relative isolation, large family sizes, and recent exposure to modernization make these two polities advantageous populations for genetic studies of complex phenotypes 6 — 9. Here we present a genome-wide investigation to detect quantitative trait loci QTLs for the five adiposity-related phenotypes in a combined study sample from American Samoa and Samoa.

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The study population derives from two polities, American Samoa and Samoa. The census population in American Samoa was 57, of whom The census population in Samoa was , with American Samoa has higher education levels, a higher proportion of adults in wage and salary occupations, and higher economic and material lifestyle indicators than Samoa 467 Twenty families contain genotyped members from both American Samoa and Samoa. All individuals included in the study self-reported as being of Samoan ethnicity see Supplementary Methods and Procedures online.

Interviews were used to collect information on educational level and physical activity from farm work.

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Farm work was a dichotomous variable based on self-reported weekly subsistence work at a farm, and in a few cases fishing 4. In addition, the participants were asked whether they currently were cigarette smokers. As our study sample contains pedigrees with individuals genotyped using different instruments, to be able to perform linkage analysis it is important to ensure that the same allele label in the two sets defines identical alleles. This issue has recently been addressed by others 2021but to our knowledge no software is yet available that can handle extended pedigrees.

We therefore merged the two data sets according to the minimal differences in marker allele frequencies Sas shown in the following equation:. We searched for the minimized S by altering the two shifts as well as altering the breakpoint between the two shifts. The breakpoint could be placed between any two adjacent alleles except in the terminal intervals on either end.

Shifts changing the allele order were eliminated from evaluation. In addition, all allele alignments were plotted and visually evaluated. Adiposity phenotypes were checked for data-entry mistakes and for outliers. Box—Cox power transformations 22 were applied to the adiposity phenotypes that were not normally distributed. The polity-specific study samples had been extensively checked for genotype errors and errors of pedigree structure before the separate genome scans 10 No errors in the pedigree structures were found, presumably because our earlier data cleaning resolved all such relationship errors see Supplementary Methods and Procedures online.

Marker allele frequencies were estimated from our pedigree data using LOKI 12while simultaneously estimating the identity-by-descent sharing matrices required by SOLAR 13 Discrete women American Samoa this way, proper modeling of the variability in the estimates of the allele frequencies occurs. We have applied the same statistical strategy and genetic map as we ly used for our polity-specific investigations 10 We used the multipoint variance component linkage analysis as implemented in SOLAR to search for QTLs for adiposity-related phenotypes on the autosomes.

This Discrete women American Samoa approach takes full advantage of phenotypic and genotypic information from all pedigree members, and the expected genetic covariances between relatives are specified as a function of the observed identity by descent at a given position in the genome as estimated from the marker data. In this study three sets of covariates were used for linkage analyses: the basic set, the environmental set, and the extended set Table 1 see Supplementary Methods and Procedures online.

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The variance component linkage analysis as implemented in the current release of SOLAR does not correctly carry out multipoint X-linked analysis. The bivariate analysis tests for simultaneous linkage of two phenotypes to a single genetic region. We here report the bivariate lod score transformed to 1 degree of freedom, which is comparable to a univariate lod score. The bivariate linkage variance component analysis as implemented in SOLAR is a multivariate analysis that appropriately handles the correlation between the traits, and thus no additional correction for multiple non-independent tests is necessary We carried out two separate likelihood-ratio tests at the location of the maximum multipoint bivariate lod score, one to test whether the QTL al is due to pleiotropy i.

A P -value of 0. As the combined study sample includes pedigrees with individuals who were genotyped using different instruments, we merged the data sets according to the minimal differences in allele frequencies. After initial alignment, we observed 10 out of markers with large differences in allele frequencies between the sets. New allele calls were generated for these markers see Supplementary Methods and Procedures online. After visual evaluation of the alignments from the recalled markers, these recalled markers were also judged acceptably aligned and were included in the analyses.

None of the recalled markers was one of the six markers that, after application of our alignment algorithm, had the greatest S values see Supplementary Figure S1 online. Descriptions of socio-demographic characteristics and phenotypes traits and covariates for men and women in the combined study sample, and for American Samoans and Samoans separately, are presented in Supplementary Table S1 online. Mean BMI across sex and residence subgroups ranges from However, the mean value for BMI for both sexes is considered overweight or obese in all three subsamples see Supplementary Table S1 online.

We used three sets of covariates in the heritability and linkage analyses Table 1. The proportion of variance for each trait explained by the covariates is listed in Supplementary Table S2. Univariate multipoint lod scores from one representative run for the three covariate sets are displayed in Supplementary Figure S2.

When the environmental set was used, we detected two regions 9p In this region, BMI had a lod score of 1. The top and middle rows of Figure 1 show univariate lod scores from one representative run for chromosomes 9 and Multipoint linkage from chromosomes 9 left column and 16 right column. The top row shows univariate linkage when adjusted for the basic covariate set. The middle row shows univariate linkage when the environmental set was screened for. The bottom row shows bivariate multipoint lod scores. Genome-wide ificance lod 3.

Mean and range for 10 independent runs are shown.

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This QTL was not detected with the other two covariate sets Table 2. Multipoint linkage from chromosome 8 when the extended covariate set was screened for.

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Suggestive linkage is indicated by the horizontal line lod 1. The location of the potential candidate gene, ADRB3is indicated with an asterisk. Bivariate lod scores transformed to 1 d.

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In the combined study sample from American Samoa and Samoa we detected three QTLs for adiposity phenotypes in our genome-wide linkage analysis. One region, on 9p, showed ificant linkage, and two regions, on 8p and 16q, showed suggestive linkage to adiposity-related phenotypes. Although the genotype information from the two study samples was in part derived using two different instruments, we combined the data on the basis of the minimal differences in allele frequencies. We are confident this strategy is suitable for the study samples, as our work demonstrated a common population history and similar marker genotype frequencies 9 The highest univariate linkage peak lod 2.

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When BMI was not adjusted for, we detected no lod score of interest in this region. The adrenergic betareceptor ADRB3 gene located in the 8p12 region Figure 2 has been suggested as a potential candidate gene for adiposity-related traits Across the centromere, on 8q In this region we ly detected a QTL lod 1. The second-highest univariate linkage peak lod 2.

Discrete women American Samoa

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