A genome-wide association study for myopia and refractive error identifies a susceptibility locus at 15q25.
Hysi PG., Young TL., Mackey DA., Andrew T., Fernández-Medarde A., Solouki AM., Hewitt AW., Macgregor S., Vingerling JR., Li Y-J., Ikram MK., Fai LY., Sham PC., Manyes L., Porteros A., Lopes MC., Carbonaro F., Fahy SJ., Martin NG., van Duijn CM., Spector TD., Rahi JS., Santos E., Klaver CCW., Hammond CJ.
Myopia and hyperopia are at opposite ends of the continuum of refraction, the measure of the eye's ability to focus light, which is an important cause of visual impairment (when aberrant) and is a highly heritable trait. We conducted a genome-wide association study for refractive error in 4,270 individuals from the TwinsUK cohort. We identified SNPs on 15q25 associated with refractive error (rs8027411, P = 7.91 × 10⁻⁸). We replicated this association in six adult cohorts of European ancestry with a combined 13,414 individuals (combined P = 2.07 × 10⁻⁹). This locus overlaps the transcription initiation site of RASGRF1, which is highly expressed in neurons and retina and has previously been implicated in retinal function and memory consolidation. Rasgrf1(-/-) mice show a heavier average crystalline lens (P = 0.001). The identification of a susceptibility locus for refractive error on 15q25 will be important in characterizing the molecular mechanism responsible for the most common cause of visual impairment.