Genome-wide association meta-analysis of coronary artery disease and periodontitis reveals a novel shared risk locus.

Matthias Munz, Gesa M Richter, Bruno G Loos, Søren Jepsen, Kimon Divaris, Steven Offenbacher, Alexander Teumer, Birte Holtfreter, Thomas Kocher, Corinna Bruckmann, Yvonne Jockel-Schneider, Christian Graetz, Loreto Munoz, Anita Bhandari, Stephanie Tennstedt, Ingmar Staufenbiel, Nathalie van der Velde, André G Uitterlinden, Lisette C P G M de Groot, Jürgen Wellmann, Klaus Berger, Bastian Krone, Per Hoffmann, Matthias Laudes, Wolfgang Lieb, Andre Franke, Henrik Dommisch, Jeanette Erdmann, Arne S Schaefer
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Scientific Reports
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Evidence for a shared genetic basis of association between coronary artery disease (CAD) and periodontitis (PD) exists. To explore the joint genetic basis, we performed a GWAS meta-analysis. In the discovery stage, we used a German aggressive periodontitis sample (AgP-Ger; 680 cases vs 3,973 controls) and the CARDIoGRAMplusC4D CAD meta-analysis dataset (60,801 cases vs 123,504 controls). Two SNPs at the known CAD risk loci ADAMTS7 (rs11634042) and VAMP8 (rs1561198) passed the pre-assigned selection criteria (PAgP-Ger < 0.05; PCAD < 5 × 10-8; concordant effect direction) and were replicated in an independent GWAS meta-analysis dataset of PD (4,415 cases vs 5,935 controls). SNP rs1561198 showed significant association (PD[Replication]: P = 0.008 OR = 1.09, 95% CI = [1.02-1.16]; PD [Discovery + Replication]: P = 0.0002, OR = 1.11, 95% CI = [1.05-1.17]). For the associated haplotype block, allele specific cis-effects on VAMP8 expression were reported. Our data adds to the shared genetic basis of CAD and PD and indicate that the observed association of the two disease conditions cannot be solely explained by shared environmental risk factors. We conclude that the molecular pathway shared by CAD and PD involves VAMP8 function, which has a role in membrane vesicular trafficking, and is manipulated by pathogens to corrupt host immune defense.