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Vol. 66, No. 1, 2008
Issue release date: March 2008
Section title: Original Paper
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Hum Hered 2008;66:35–49
(DOI:10.1159/000114164)

Meta-Analysis of 23 Type 2 Diabetes Linkage Studies from the International Type 2 Diabetes Linkage Analysis Consortium

Guan W. · Pluzhnikov A. · Cox N.J. · Boehnke M.
aDepartment of Biostatistics and Center for Statistical Genetics, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., bSection of Genetic Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill., USA

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Abstract

Background: The International Type 2 Diabetes Linkage Analysis Consortium was formed to localize type 2 diabetes predisposing variants based on 23 autosomal linkage scans. Methods: We carried out meta-analysis using the genome scan meta-analysis (GSMA) method which divides the genome into bins of ∼30 cM, ranks the best linkage results in each bin for each sample, and then sums the ranks across samples. We repeated the meta-analysis using 2 cM bins, and/or replacing bin ranks with measures of linkage evidence: bin maximum LOD score or bin minimum p value for bins with p value <0.05 (truncated p value). We also carried out computer simulations to assess the empirical type I error rates of these meta-analysis methods. Results: Our analyses provided modest evidence for type 2 diabetes-predisposing variants on chromosomes 4, 10, and 14 (using LOD scores or truncated p values), or chromosome 10 and 16 (using ranks). Our simulation results suggested that uneven marker density across studies results in substantial variation in empirical type I error rates for all meta-analysis methods, but that 2 cM bins and scores that make more explicit use of linkage evidence, especially the truncated p values, reduce this problem. Conclusion: We identified regions modestly linked with type 2 diabetes by summarizing results from 23 autosomal genome scans.


  

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Michael Boehnke, PhD
Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health
University of Michigan, 1420 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029 (USA)
Tel. +1 734 936 1001, Fax +1 734 615 8322, E-Mail boehnke@umich.edu

  

Article Information

Received: June 4, 2007
Accepted after revision: September 5, 2007
Published online: January 28, 2007
Number of Print Pages : 15
Number of Figures : 2, Number of Tables : 7, Number of References : 56

  

Publication Details

Human Heredity (International Journal of Human and Medical Genetics)

Vol. 66, No. 1, Year 2008 (Cover Date: March 2008)

Journal Editor: Devoto, M. (Philadelphia, Pa.)
ISSN: 0001–5652 (Print), eISSN: 1423–0062 (Online)

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Abstract of Original Paper

Received: 6/4/2007
Accepted: 5/9/2007
Published online: 1/28/2007

Number of Print Pages: 15
Number of Figures: 2
Number of Tables: 7

ISSN: 0001-5652 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0062 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/HHE


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