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Title: Two-Stage sampling designs for gene association studies.

Authors: Thomas, Duncan; Xie, Rongrong; Gebregziabher, Mulugeta

Published In Genet Epidemiol, (2004 Dec)

Abstract: We consider two-stage case-control designs for testing associations between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and disease, in which a subsample of subjects is used to select a panel of "tagging" SNPs that will be considered in the main study. We propose a pseudolikelihood [Pepe and Flemming, 1991: JASA 86:108-113] that combines the information from both the main study and the substudy to test the association with any polymorphism in the original set. SNP-tagging [Chapman et al., 2003: Hum Hered 56:18-31] and haplotype-tagging [Stram et al., 2003a; Hum Hered 55:27-36] approaches are compared. We show that the cost-efficiency of such a design for estimating the relative risk associated with the causal polymorphism can be considerably better than for a single-stage design, even if the causal polymorphism is not included in the tag-SNP set. We also consider the optimal selection of cases and controls in such designs and the relative efficiency for estimating the location of a causal variant in linkage disequilibrium mapping. Nevertheless, as the cost of high-volume genotyping plummets and haplotype tagging information from the International HapMap project [Gibbs et al., 2003; Nature 426:789-796] rapidly accumulates in public databases, such two-stage designs may soon become unnecessary.

PubMed ID: 15543639 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Case-Control Studies; Chromosome Mapping/methods*; Genetic Predisposition to Disease/epidemiology*; Genetics, Population*; Genome, Human; Genotype; Haplotypes*; Humans; Linkage Disequilibrium; Models, Genetic*; Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide/genetics*; Research Design; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

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