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Aging is associated with reductions in hippocampal volume that are accelerated by Alzheimer's disease and vascular risk factors. Our genome-wide association study (GWAS) of dementia-free persons (n = 9,232) identified 46 SNPs at four loci with P values of <4.0 × 10(-7). In two additional samples (n = 2,318), associations were replicated at 12q14 within MSRB3-WIF1 (discovery and replication; rs17178006; P = 5.3 × 10(-11)) and at 12q24 near HRK-FBXW8 (rs7294919; P = 2.9 × 10(-11)). Remaining associations included one SNP at 2q24 within DPP4 (rs6741949; P = 2.9 × 10(-7)) and nine SNPs at 9p33 within ASTN2 (rs7852872; P = 1.0 × 10(-7)); along with the chromosome 12 associations, these loci were also associated with hippocampal volume (P < 0.05) in a third younger, more heterogeneous sample (n = 7,794). The SNP in ASTN2 also showed suggestive association with decline in cognition in a largely independent sample (n = 1,563). These associations implicate genes related to apoptosis (HRK), development (WIF1), oxidative stress (MSR3B), ubiquitination (FBXW8) and neuronal migration (ASTN2), as well as enzymes targeted by new diabetes medications (DPP4), indicating new genetic influences on hippocampal size and possibly the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

Original publication

DOI

10.1038/ng.2237

Type

Journal article

Journal

Nature genetics

Publication Date

15/04/2012

Volume

44

Pages

545 - 551

Addresses

Cardiovascular Health Research Unit, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.

Keywords

Enhancing Neuro Imaging Genetics through Meta-Analysis Consortium, Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology Consortium, Hippocampus, Chromosomes, Human, Pair 12, Humans, Dementia, Alzheimer Disease, Genetic Markers, Cognition Disorders, Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide, Meta-Analysis as Topic, Genome-Wide Association Study, Genetic Loci