Soonil Kwon

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Ángeles, California, United States

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Publications (27)

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    Wanqing Wen · Wei Zheng · Yukinori Okada · [...] · Toshihiro Tanaka
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Recent genetic association studies have identified 55 genetic loci associated with obesity or body mass index (BMI). The vast majority, 51 loci, however, were identified in European-ancestry populations. We conducted a meta-analysis of associations between BMI and ∼2.5 million genotyped or imputed single nucleotide polymorphisms among 86 757 individuals of Asian ancestry, followed by in silico and de novo replication among 7488–47 352 additional Asian-ancestry individuals. We identified four novel BMI-associated loci near the KCNQ1 (rs2237892, P = 9.29 × 10−13), ALDH2/MYL2 (rs671, P = 3.40 × 10−11; rs12229654, P = 4.56 × 10−9), ITIH4 (rs2535633, P = 1.77 × 10−10) and NT5C2 (rs11191580, P = 3.83 × 10−8) genes. The association of BMI with rs2237892, rs671 and rs12229654 was significantly stronger among men than among women. Of the 51 BMI-associated loci initially identified in European-ancestry populations, we confirmed eight loci at the genome-wide significance level (P < 5.0 × 10−8) and an additional 14 at P < 1.0 × 10−3 with the same direction of effect as reported previously. Findings from this analysis expand our knowledge of the genetic basis of obesity.
    Full-text Article · May 2014 · Human Molecular Genetics
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Candidate gene and genome-wide association studies have identified ∼60 susceptibility loci for type 2 diabetes. A majority of these loci have been discovered and tested only in European populations. The aim of this study was to assess the presence and extent of trans-ethnic effects of these loci in an East Asian population. A total of 9,335 unrelated Chinese Han individuals, including 4,535 with type 2 diabetes and 4,800 non-diabetic ethnically matched controls, were genotyped using the Illumina 200K Metabochip. We tested 50 established loci for type 2 diabetes and related traits (fasting glucose, fasting insulin, 2 h glucose). Disease association with the additive model of inheritance was analysed with logistic regression. We found that 14 loci significantly transferred to the Chinese population, with two loci (p = 5.7 × 10(-12) for KCNQ1; p = 5.0 × 10(-8) for CDKN2A/B-CDKN2BAS) reaching independent genome-wide statistical significance. Five of these 14 loci had similar lead single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) as were found in the European studies while the other nine were different. Further stepwise conditional analysis identified a total of seven secondary signals and an independent novel locus at the 3' end of CDKAL1. These results suggest that many loci associated with type 2 diabetes are commonly shared between European and Chinese populations. Identification of population-specific SNPs may increase our understanding of the genetic architecture underlying type 2 diabetes in different ethnic populations.
    Full-text Article · Sep 2013 · Diabetologia
  • Marla C Dubinsky · Subra Kugathasan · Soonil Kwon · [...] · Dermot P B McGovern
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: The ability to identify patients with Crohn's disease (CD) at highest risk of surgery would be invaluable in guiding therapy. Genome-wide association studies have identified multiple IBD loci with unknown phenotypic consequences. The aims of this study were to: (1) identify associations between known and novel CD loci with early resective CD surgery and (2) develop the best predictive model for time to surgery using a combination of phenotypic, serologic, and genetic variables. Methods: Genotyping was performed on 1,115 subjects using Illumina-based genome-wide technology. Univariate and multivariate analyses tested genetic associations with need for surgery within 5 years. Analyses were performed by testing known CD loci (n = 71) and by performing a genome-wide association study. Time to surgery was analyzed using Cox regression modeling. Clinical and serologic variables were included along with genotype to build predictive models for time to surgery. Results: Surgery occurred within 5 years in 239 subjects at a median time of 12 months. Three CD susceptibility loci were independently associated with surgery within 5 years (IL12B, IL23R, and C11orf30). Genome-wide association identified novel putative loci associated with early surgery: 7q21 (CACNA2D1) and 9q34 (RXRA, COL5A1). The most predictive models of time to surgery included genetic and clinical risk factors. More than a 20% difference in frequency of progression to surgery was seen between the lowest and highest risk groups. Conclusions: Progression to surgery is faster in patients with CD with both genetic and clinical risk factors. IL12B is independently associated with need and time to early surgery in CD patients and justifies the investigation of novel and existing therapies that affect this pathway.
    Article · May 2013 · Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
  • Article · May 2013 · Gastroenterology
  • Article · May 2013 · Gastroenterology
  • Soonil Kwon · Jerome I. Rotter · Xiuqing Guo
    Conference Paper · Nov 2012
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    Soonil Kwon · Mark O Goodarzi · Kent D Taylor · [...] · Xiuqing Guo
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We developed a multinomial ordinal probit model with singular value decomposition for testing a large number of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) simultaneously for association with multidisease status when sample size is much smaller than the number of SNPs. The validity and performance of the method was evaluated via simulation. We applied the method to our real study sample recruited through the Mexican-American Coronary Artery Disease study. We found 3 genes (SORCS1, AMPD1, and PPAR α ) to be associated with the development of both IGT and IFG, while 5 genes (AMPD2, PRKAA2, C5, TCF7L2, and ITR) with the IGT mechanism only and 6 genes (CAPN10, IL4, NOS3, CD14, GCG, and SORT1) with the IFG mechanism only. These data suggest that IGT and IFG may indicate different physiological mechanism to prediabetes, via different genetic determinants.
    Full-text Article · Sep 2012 · Journal of Probability and Statistics
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    Soonil Kwon · Xiaofei Yan · Jinrui Cui · [...] · Xiuqing Guo
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Genetic association studies usually involve a large number of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (k) and a relative small sample size (n), which produces the situation that k is much greater than n. Because conventional statistical approaches are unable to deal with multiple SNPs simultaneously when k is much greater than n, single-SNP association studies have been used to identify genes involved in a disease's pathophysiology, which causes a multiple testing problem. To evaluate the contribution of multiple SNPs simultaneously to disease traits when k is much greater than n, we developed the Bayesian regression with singular value decomposition (BRSVD) method. The method reduces the dimension of the design matrix from k to n by applying singular value decomposition to the design matrix. We evaluated the model using a Markov chain Monte Carlo simulation with Gibbs sampler constructed from the posterior densities driven by conjugate prior densities. Permutation was incorporated to generate empirical p-values. We applied the BRSVD method to the sequence data provided by Genetic Analysis Workshop 17 and found that the BRSVD method is a practical method that can be used to analyze sequence data in comparison to the single-SNP association test and the penalized regression method.
    Full-text Article · Nov 2011 · BMC proceedings
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    Ning Xu · Soonil Kwon · David H. Abbott · [...] · Mark O. Goodarzi
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: PANTHER pathway analysis generated with the Human Methylation27 genes as the reference list. (DOC)
    Dataset · Nov 2011
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    Ning Xu · Soonil Kwon · David H. Abbott · [...] · Mark O. Goodarzi
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Diagrams of the significant canonical pathways detected in PA infant (top) and PA adult (bottom) VAT versus age-specific controls. Shaded genes (red) are input molecules with differential methylation. Panel A displays the most significant pathway from infant data:, the antiproliferative role of TOB in T-cell signaling, which includes PABP1, SMAD4, and P27KIP1 that are differentially methylated in infants. Panel B displays the most significant pathway from adult data, TGF-β signaling, which includes TGFB3, TGFBR1, KRAS, BMP2, TFE3, RUNX3 and HOXC8 from the list of genes differentially methylated in adults. Arrow-up (red) indicates hypermethylation; arrow-down (blue) indicates hypomethylation relative to controls (also see Figure S3 for detailed explanation of shapes and relationships). Note: two arrows of BMP2 indicate that the two probes of this gene were significantly differentially methylated in opposite directions. (TIF)
    Dataset · Nov 2011
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    Ning Xu · Soonil Kwon · David H. Abbott · [...] · Mark O. Goodarzi
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Significant networks connecting genes that were significantly differentially methylated in PA VAT samples compared to controls. Panel A displays the most significant network from infant data, centered around Akt, hCG, ERK1/2, LH, FSH, Creb and P38MAPK. Panel B displays the most significant network from adult data, centered around Akt, ERK1/2, NFκB, TGFBR1, ERBB2, hCG, CCND1, Creb and AR. Molecules are represented as nodes, and the biological relationship between two nodes is represented as an edge (line). Shaded factors (red) are input molecules whose genes generated a significant BSCVD P value. Darker shading of filled molecules represents a lower and thus more significant BSCVD P value. Factors in unfilled nodes were not among our differentially methylated list but contained links to the network. Arrow-up (red) indicates hypermethylation; arrow-down (blue) indicates hypomethylation relative to controls (also see Figure S3 for detailed explanation of shapes and relationships). (TIF)
    Dataset · Nov 2011
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    Ning Xu · Soonil Kwon · David H. Abbott · [...] · Mark O. Goodarzi
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Keys to symbols in networks and pathways. (TIF)
    Dataset · Nov 2011
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    Ning Xu · Soonil Kwon · David H. Abbott · [...] · Mark O. Goodarzi
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Full names of genes in text. (DOC)
    Dataset · Nov 2011
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    Ning Xu · Soonil Kwon · David H. Abbott · [...] · Mark O. Goodarzi
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: 325 significantly differentially methylated genes deemed valid when comparing adult PA and control monkeys. Median and interquartile range (IQR) are presented for control and PA monkeys at each probe. Genes were sorted by BSCVD P values. (DOC)
    Dataset · Nov 2011
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    Ning Xu · Soonil Kwon · David H Abbott · [...] · Mark O Goodarzi
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The pathogenesis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is poorly understood. PCOS-like phenotypes are produced by prenatal androgenization (PA) of female rhesus monkeys. We hypothesize that perturbation of the epigenome, through altered DNA methylation, is one of the mechanisms whereby PA reprograms monkeys to develop PCOS. Infant and adult visceral adipose tissues (VAT) harvested from 15 PA and 10 control monkeys were studied. Bisulfite treated samples were subjected to genome-wide CpG methylation analysis, designed to simultaneously measure methylation levels at 27,578 CpG sites. Analysis was carried out using Bayesian Classification with Singular Value Decomposition (BCSVD), testing all probes simultaneously in a single test. Stringent criteria were then applied to filter out invalid probes due to sequence dissimilarities between human probes and monkey DNA, and then mapped to the rhesus genome. This yielded differentially methylated loci between PA and control monkeys, 163 in infant VAT, and 325 in adult VAT (BCSVD P<0.05). Among these two sets of genes, we identified several significant pathways, including the antiproliferative role of TOB in T cell signaling and transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) signaling. Our results suggest PA may modify DNA methylation patterns in both infant and adult VAT. This pilot study suggests that excess fetal androgen exposure in female nonhuman primates may predispose to PCOS via alteration of the epigenome, providing a novel avenue to understand PCOS in humans.
    Full-text Article · Nov 2011 · PLoS ONE
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    Ning Xu · Soonil Kwon · David H. Abbott · [...] · Mark O. Goodarzi
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: 163 significantly differentially methylated genes deemed valid when comparing infant PA and control monkeys. Median and interquartile range (IQR) are presented for control and PA monkeys at each probe. Genes were sorted by BSCVD P values. (DOC)
    Dataset · Nov 2011
  • Dataset: Table S1
    Ning Xu · Soonil Kwon · David H. Abbott · [...] · Mark O. Goodarzi
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Summary of regression analysis to determine whether experimental factors were associated with any principal components in infant data (top table) and adult data (bottom table). P values are displayed in the table. (DOC)
    Dataset · Nov 2011
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    Ning Xu · Soonil Kwon · David H. Abbott · [...] · Mark O. Goodarzi
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The highest scoring molecule networks in PA infant and adult female monkeys. * = involved in TGF-β signaling; ** = involved in reproduction; *** = involved in adipogenesis. (DOC)
    Dataset · Nov 2011
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To evaluate association with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) of 295 variants in 39 genes central to metabolic insulin signaling and glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK-3β) regulation, followed by replication efforts. Case-control association study, with discovery and replication cohorts. Subjects were recruited from reproductive endocrinology clinics, and controls were recruited from communities surrounding the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam. A total of 273 cases with PCOS and 173 control subjects in the discovery cohort; and 526 cases and 3,585 control subjects in the replication cohort. All subjects were caucasian. Phenotypic and genotypic assessment. Detection of 295 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), PCOS status. Several SNPs were associated with PCOS in the discovery cohort. Four insulin receptor (INSR) SNPs and three insulin receptor substrate 2 (IRS2) SNPs associated with PCOS were genotyped in the replication cohort. One INSR SNP (rs2252673) replicated association with PCOS. The minor allele conferred increased odds of PCOS in both cohorts, independent of body mass index. A pathway-based tagging SNP approach allowed us to identify novel INSR SNPs associated with PCOS, one of which confirmed association in a large replication cohort.
    Full-text Article · Feb 2011 · Fertility and sterility
  • Marla Dubinsky · Subra Kugathasan · Soonil Kwon · [...] · Andrew Ippoliti
    Article · Jan 2011 · Gastroenterology