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    Preview · Article · May 2016 · Journal of the American Heart Association
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objectives: Copy number variants (CNVs) are duplications or deletions of genomic regions. Large CNVs are potentially pathogenic and are overrepresented in children with congenital heart disease (CHD). We sought to determine the frequency of large CNVs in children with isolated CHD, and to evaluate the relationship of these potentially pathogenic CNVs with transplant-free survival. Methods: These cases are derived from a prospective cohort of patients with nonsyndromic CHD (n = 422) identified before first surgery. Healthy pediatric controls (n = 500) were obtained from the electronic Medical Records and Genetic Epidemiology Network, and CNV frequency was contrasted for CHD cases and controls. CNVs were determined algorithmically; subsequently screened for >95% overlap between 2 methods, size (>300 kb), quality score, overlap with a gene, and novelty (absent from databases of known, benign CNVs); and separately validated by quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Survival likelihoods for cases were calculated using Cox proportional hazards modeling to evaluate the joint effect of CNV burden and known confounders on transplant-free survival. Results: Children with nonsyndromic CHD had a higher burden of potentially pathogenic CNVs compared with pediatric controls (12.1% vs 5.0%; P = .00016). Presence of a CNV was associated with significantly decreased transplant-free survival after surgery (hazard ratio, 3.42; 95% confidence interval, 1.66-7.09; P = .00090) with confounder adjustment. Conclusions: We confirm that children with isolated CHD have a greater burden of rare/large CNVs. We report a novel finding that these CNVs are associated with an adjusted 2.55-fold increased risk of death or transplant. These data suggest that CNV burden is an important modifier of survival after surgery for CHD.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Recent studies have failed to demonstrate a causal cardioprotective effect of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels (HDL-C), shifting focus to the functional aspects of HDL. Phospholipid transfer protein is an HDL-associated protein involved in reverse cholesterol transport. This study sought to determine the genetic and non-genetic predictors of plasma PLTP activity (PLTPa), and separately, to determine whether PLTPa predicted carotid artery disease (CAAD). PLTPa was measured in 1,115 European ancestry participants from a case-control study of CAAD. A multivariate logistic regression model was used to elucidate the relationship between PLTPa and CAAD. Separately, a stepwise linear regression determined the non-genetic clinical and laboratory characteristics that best predicted PLTPa. Linear regression adjusting for these PLTPa-associated covariates identified PLTP and surrounding region single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) significantly associated (P<0.05) with PLTPa. A final stepwise regression considering both non-genetic and genetic variables identified the combination of covariates that explained maximal PLTPa variance. After adjustment for potential CAAD confounders, PLTPa was significantly associated with CAAD (7.90x10-9), with a 9% decrease in odds of CAAD per 1 unit increase in PLTPa (OR=0.91). Triglyceride levels (p=0.0042), diabetes (p=7.28x10-5), paraoxonase 1 (PON1) activity (p=0.019), statin use (p=0.026), PLTP SNP rs4810479 (p=6.38x10-7), and PCIF1 SNP rs181914932 (p=0.041) were all significantly associated with PLTPa. PLTPa is significantly inversely correlated with CAAD. Furthermore, we report a novel association between PLTPa and PON1 activity, a known predictor of CAAD. Copyright © 2015, The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
    No preview · Article · May 2015 · The Journal of Lipid Research
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    Full-text · Dataset · Feb 2015
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Recommendations for laboratories to report incidental findings from genomic tests have stimulated interest in such results. In order to investigate the criteria and processes for assigning the pathogenicity of specific variants and to estimate the frequency of such incidental findings in patients of European and African ancestry, we classified potentially actionable pathogenic single-nucleotide variants (SNVs) in all 4300 European- and 2203 African-ancestry participants sequenced by the NHLBI Exome Sequencing Project (ESP). We considered 112 gene-disease pairs selected by an expert panel as associated with medically actionable genetic disorders that may be undiagnosed in adults. The resulting classifications were compared to classifications from other clinical and research genetic testing laboratories, as well as with in silico pathogenicity scores. Among European-ancestry participants, 30 of 4300 (0.7%) had a pathogenic SNV and six (0.1%) had a disruptive variant that was expected to be pathogenic, whereas 52 (1.2%) had likely pathogenic SNVs. For African-ancestry participants, six of 2203 (0.3%) had a pathogenic SNV and six (0.3%) had an expected pathogenic disruptive variant, whereas 13 (0.6%) had likely pathogenic SNVs. Genomic Evolutionary Rate Profiling mammalian conservation score and the Combined Annotation Dependent Depletion summary score of conservation, substitution, regulation, and other evidence were compared across pathogenicity assignments and appear to have utility in variant classification. This work provides a refined estimate of the burden of adult onset, medically actionable incidental findings expected from exome sequencing, highlights challenges in variant classification, and demonstrates the need for a better curated variant interpretation knowledge base. © 2015 Amendola et al.; Published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2015 · Genome Research
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background Recent data suggest that an increased level of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) is not causally protective against heart disease, shifting focus to other sub-phenotypes of HDL. Prior work on the effects of dietary intakes has focused largely on HDL-C. The goal of this study was to identify the dietary intakes that affect HDL-related measures: HDL-C, HDL-2, HDL-3, and apoA1 using data from a carotid artery disease case–control cohort. Methods A subset of 1,566 participants with extensive lipid phenotype data completed the Harvard Standardized Food Frequency Questionnaire to determine their daily micronutrient intake over the past year. Stepwise linear regression was used to separately evaluate the effects of dietary covariates on adjusted levels of HDL-C, HDL-2, HDL-3, and apoA1. Results Dietary folate intake was positively associated with HDL-C (p = 0.007), HDL-2 (p = 0.0011), HDL-3 (p = 0.0022), and apoA1 (p = 0.001). Alcohol intake and myristic acid (14:0), a saturated fat, were each significantly associated with increased levels of all HDL-related measures studied. Dietary carbohydrate and iron intake were significantly associated with decreased levels of all HDL-related measures. Magnesium intake was positively associated with HDL-C, HDL-2, and HDL-3 levels, but not apoA1 levels, while vitamin C was only associated with apoA1 levels. Dietary fiber and protein intake were both associated with HDL-3 levels alone. Conclusions This study is the first to report that dietary folate intake is associated with HDL-C, HDL-2, HDL-3, and apoA1 levels in humans. We further identify numerous dietary intake associations with apoA1, HDL-2, and HDL-3 levels. Given the shifting focus away from HDL-C, these data will prove valuable for future epidemiologic investigation of the role of diet and multiple HDL phenotypes in heart disease.
    Preview · Article · Sep 2014 · Nutrition & Metabolism
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: It is critical to develop new metrics to determine whether HDL is cardioprotective in humans. One promising approach is HDL particle concentration (HDL-P), the size and concentration of HDL in plasma. However, the 2 methods currently used to determine HDL-P yield concentrations that differ >5-fold. We therefore developed and validated an improved approach to quantify HDL-P, termed calibrated ion mobility analysis (calibrated IMA). Methods: HDL was isolated from plasma by ultracentrifugation, introduced into the gas phase with electrospray ionization, separated by size, and quantified by particle counting. We used a calibration curve constructed with purified proteins to correct for the ionization efficiency of HDL particles. Results: The concentrations of gold nanoparticles and reconstituted HDLs measured by calibrated IMA were indistinguishable from concentrations determined by orthogonal methods. In plasma of control (n = 40) and cerebrovascular disease (n = 40) participants, 3 subspecies of HDL were reproducibility measured, with an estimated total HDL-P of 13.4 (2.4) μmol/L. HDL-C accounted for 48% of the variance in HDL-P. HDL-P was significantly lower in participants with cerebrovascular disease (P = 0.002), and this difference remained significant after adjustment for HDL cholesterol concentrations (P = 0.02). Conclusions: Calibrated IMA accurately determined the concentration of gold nanoparticles and synthetic HDL, strongly suggesting that the method could accurately quantify HDL particle concentration. The estimated stoichiometry of apolipoprotein A-I determined by calibrated IMA was 3-4 per HDL particle, in agreement with current structural models. Furthermore, HDL-P was associated with cardiovascular disease status in a clinical population independently of HDL cholesterol.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2014 · Clinical Chemistry
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective: Apolipoprotein E (APOE) genotype is a determinant of neurologic recovery after brain ischemia and traumatic brain injury. The APOE ε2 allele has been associated with worse neurodevelopmental (ND) outcome after repair of congenital heart defects (CHD) in infancy. Replication of this finding in an independent cohort is essential to validate the observed genotype-phenotype association. Methods: The association of APOE genotype with ND outcomes was assessed in a combined cohort of patients with single-ventricle CHD enrolled in the Single Ventricle Reconstruction and Infant Single Ventricle trials. ND outcome was assessed at 14 months using the Psychomotor Development Index (PDI) and Mental Development Index (MDI) of the Bayley Scales of Infant Development-II. Stepwise multivariable regression was performed to develop predictive models for PDI and MDI scores. Results: Complete data were available for 298 of 435 patients. After adjustment for preoperative and postoperative covariates, the APOE ε2 allele was associated with a lower PDI score (P = .038). Patients with the ε2 allele had a PDI score approximately 6 points lower than those without the risk allele, explaining 1.04% of overall PDI variance, because the ε2 allele was present in only 11% of the patients. There was a marginal effect of the ε2 allele on MDI scores (P = .058). Conclusions: These data validate the association of the APOE ε2 allele with adverse early ND outcomes after cardiac surgery in infants, independent of patient and operative factors. Genetic variants that decrease neuroresilience and impair neuronal repair after brain injury are important risk factors for ND dysfunction after surgery for CHD.
    Full-text · Article · Aug 2014 · Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We describe here the design and initial implementation of the eMERGE-PGx project. eMERGE-PGx, a partnership of the eMERGE and PGRN consortia, has three objectives : 1) Deploy PGRNseq, a next-generation sequencing platform assessing sequence variation in 84 proposed pharmacogenes, in nearly 9,000patients likely to be prescribed drugs of interest in a 1-3 year timeframe across several clinical sites; 2) Integrate well-established clinically-validated pharmacogenetic genotypes into the electronic health record with associated clinical decision support and assess process and clinical outcomes of implementation; and 3) Develop a repository of pharmacogenetic variants of unknown significance linked to a repository of an EHR-based clinical phenotype data for ongoing pharmacogenomics discovery. We describe site-specific project implementation and anticipated products, including genetic variant and phenotype data repositories, novel variant association studies, clinical decision support modules, clinical and process outcomes, approaches to manage incidental findings, and patient and clinician education methods.Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (2014); Accepted article preview online 24 June 2014; doi:10.1038/clpt.2014.138.
    Full-text · Article · Jun 2014 · Clinical Pharmacology &#38 Therapeutics
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Survival after cardiac surgery in infancy requires adaptive responses from oxidative stress management and vascular regulation pathways. We tested the hypothesis that genetic variation in these pathways influences postoperative survival in nonsyndromic congenital heart disease children. This is an analysis of a cohort of nonsyndromic congenital heart disease patients who underwent cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass before 6 months of age (n = 422). Six single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in six genes involved in oxidative stress and vascular response pathways, identified through a priori literature search, were tested for effects on transplant-free survival. Survival curves, adjusting for confounding covariates, were calculated using the Cox proportional hazard models. Long-term survival was strongly associated with vascular endothelial growth factor A gene SNP rs833069 (p = 7.03×10(-4)) and superoxide dismutase 2 gene SNP rs2758331 (p = 0.019). To test for joint effects of the two SNPs on transplant-free survival, the genotypes were grouped to form a risk score reflecting the cumulative number of risk alleles (0 to 4 alleles per patient). A higher risk score based on the VEGFA and SOD2 SNP genotypes was associated with worse transplant-free survival (p = 3.02×10(-4)) after confounder adjustment. The total burden of risk alleles was additive; subjects with the highest risk score of 4 (n = 59 subjects, 14.2% of the cohort) had a total covariate-adjusted hazard ratio of 15.64 for worse transplant-free survival. After cardiac surgery, infants who are homozygous for the high-risk alleles for both the VEGFA and SOD2 SNPs have an approximately 16-fold increased risk of death or heart transplant, suggesting that genetic variants are important modifiers of survival after surgery for congenital heart disease.
    Full-text · Article · May 2014 · The Annals of thoracic surgery
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background Recent data suggest that high‐density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL‐C) levels are likely not in the causative pathway of atheroprotection, shifting focus from HDL‐C to its subfractions and associated proteins. This study's goal was to determine which HDL phenotype was the better predictor of carotid artery disease (CAAD). Methods and Results HDL‐2 and HDL‐3 were measured in 1725 participants of European ancestry in a prevalent case‐control cohort study of CAAD. Stratified analyses were conducted for men (n=1201) and women (n=524). Stepwise linear regression was used to determine whether HDL‐C, HDL‐2, HDL‐3, or apolipoprotein A1 was the best predictor of CAAD, while adjusting for the confounders of censored age, diabetes, and current smoking status. In both men and women, HDL‐3 was negatively associated with CAAD (P=0.0011 and 0.033 for men and women, respectively); once HDL‐3 was included in the model, no other HDL phenotype was significantly associated with CAAD. Addition of paraoxonase 1 activity to the aforementioned regression model showed a significant and independent (of HDL‐3) association with CAAD in men (P=0.001) but not in the smaller female subgroup. Conclusions This study is the first to contrast the associations of HDL‐2 and HDL‐3 with CAAD. We found that HDL‐3 levels were more predictive of CAAD status than HDL‐2, HDL‐C, or apolipoprotein A1. In addition, for men, paraoxonase 1 activity improved the overall model prediction for CAAD independently and additively with HDL‐3 levels. Further investigation into the molecular mechanisms through which HDL‐3 is associated with protection from CAAD is warranted.
    Preview · Article · Apr 2014 · Journal of the American Heart Association
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: HDL-associated paraoxonase-1 (PON1) is an enzyme whose activity is associated with cerebrovascular disease. Common PON1 genetic variants have not been consistently associated with cerebrovascular disease. Rare coding variation that likely alters PON1 enzyme function may be more strongly associated with stroke. The NHLBI Exome Sequencing Project (ESP) sequenced the coding regions (exomes) of the genome for heart, lung, and blood-related phenotypes (including ischemic stroke). In this sample of 4,204 unrelated participants, 496 had verified, non-cardioembolic ischemic stroke. After filtering, 28 non-synonymous PON1 variants were identified. Analysis with the Sequence Kernel Association Test (SKAT), adjusted for covariates, identified significant associations between PON1 variants and ischemic stroke (p=3.01x10-3). Stratified analyses demonstrated a stronger association of PON1 variants with ischemic stroke in African ancestry (AA) participants (p=5.03x10-3). Ethnic differences in the association between PON1 variants with stroke could be due to the effects of PON1Val109Ile (overall p=7.88x10-3; AA p=6.52x10-4), found at higher frequency in AA participants (1.16% vs. 0.02%) and whose protein is less stable than the common allele. In summary, rare genetic variation in PON1 was associated with ischemic stroke, with stronger associations identified in those of AA. Increased focus on PON1 enzyme function and its role in cerebrovascular disease is warranted.
    Full-text · Article · Apr 2014 · The Journal of Lipid Research
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Paraoxonase 1 (PON1) is a cardioprotective, HDL-associated glycoprotein enzyme with broad substrate specificity. Our previous work found associations between dietary cholesterol and vitamin C with PON1 activity. The goal of this study was to determine the effect of specific dietary fatty acid (DFA) intake on PON1 activity. 1,548 participants with paraoxonase activity measures completed the Harvard Standardized Food Frequency Questionnaire to determine their daily nutrient intake over the past year. Eight saturated, 3 monounsaturated, and 6 polyunsaturated DFAs were measured by the questionnaire. To reduce the number of observations tested, only specific fatty acids that were not highly correlated (r < 0.8) with other DFAs or that were representative of other DFAs through high correlation within each respective group (saturated, monounsaturated, or polyunsaturated) were retained for analysis. Six specific DFA intakes - myristic acid (14 carbon atoms, no double bonds - 14:0), oleic acid (18:1), gadoleic acid (20:1), alpha-linolenic acid (18:3), arachidonic acid (20:4), and eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5) - were carried forward to stepwise linear regression, which evaluated the effect of each specific DFA on covariate-adjusted PON1 enzyme activity. Four of the 6 tested DFA intakes - myristic acid (p = 0.038), gadoleic acid (p = 6.68 x 10-7), arachidonic acid (p = 0.0007), and eicosapentaenoic acid (p = 0.013) - were independently associated with covariate-adjusted PON1 enzyme activity. Myristic acid, a saturated fat, and gadoleic acid, a monounsaturated fat, were both positively associated with PON1 activity. Both of the tested polyunsaturated fats, arachidonic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid, were negatively associated with PON1 activity. This study presents the largest cohort-based analysis of the relationship between dietary lipids and PON1 enzyme activity. Further research is necessary to elucidate and understand the specific biological mechanisms, whether direct or regulatory, through which DFAs affect PON1 activity.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2013 · Lipids in Health and Disease
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: Paraoxonase 1 (PON1) is a cardioprotective, HDL-associated glycoprotein enzyme with broad substrate specificity. Our previous work found associations between dietary cholesterol and vitamin C with PON1 activity. The goal of this study was to determine the effect of specific dietary fatty acid (DFA) intake on PON1 activity.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2013 · Lipids in Health and Disease
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: PON1 is a key component of high-density lipoproteins (HDLs) and is at least partially responsible for HDL's antioxidant/atheroprotective properties. PON1 is also associated with numerous human diseases, including cardiovascular disease, Parkinson's disease and cancer. In addition, PON1 metabolizes a broad variety of substrates, including toxic organophosphorous compounds, statin adducts, glucocorticoids, the likely atherogenic L-homocysteine thiolactone and the quorum-sensing factor of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Numerous cardiovascular and antidiabetic pharmacologic agents, dietary macronutrients, lifestyle factors and antioxidant supplements affect PON1 expression and enzyme activity levels. Owing to the importance of PON1 to HDL function and its individual association with diverse human diseases, pharmacogenomic interactions between PON1 and the various factors that alter its expression and activity may represent an important therapeutic target for future investigation.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2013 · Pharmacogenomics
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: HDL-associated paraoxonase 1 (PON1) activity is associated with cardiovascular and other human diseases. As the role of genetic variants outside of the PON gene cluster on PON1 activity is unknown, we sought to identify common and rare variants in such loci. Methods: We typed 33,057 variants on the CVD chip in 1,362 subjects to test for their effects on adjusted-PON1 activity. Three novel genes (FTO, ITGAL, and SERPINA12) and the PON gene cluster had SNPs associated with PON1 arylesterase (AREase) activity. These loci were carried forward for rare-variant analysis using Exome chip genotypes in an overlapping subset of 1,051 subjects using sequence kernel association testing. Results: PON1 (p=2.24x10-4), PON3 (p=0.022), FTO (p=0.019), and SERPINA12 (p=0.039) had both common and rare-variants associated with PON1 AREase. ITGAL variants were associated with PON1 activity when using weighted-SKAT analysis (p=2.63x10-3). When adjusting for the initial common variants, SERPINA12 became marginally significant (p=0.09), while all other findings remained significant (p<0.05), suggesting independent rare-variant effects. Conclusions: We present novel findings that common and rare variants in FTO, SERPINA12, and ITGAL predict PON1 activity. These results further link PON1 to diabetes and inflammation and may inform the role of HDL in human disease.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2012 · The Journal of Lipid Research