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Title: CCmed: cross-condition mediation analysis for identifying replicable trans-associations mediated by cis-gene expression.

Authors: Yang, Fan; Gleason, Kevin J; Wang, Jiebiao; Duan, Jubao; He, Xin; Pierce, Brandon L; Chen, Lin S

Published In Bioinformatics, (2021 Sep 09)

Abstract: MOTIVATION: Trans-acting expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs) collectively explain a substantial proportion of expression variation, yet are challenging to detect and replicate since their effects are often individually weak. A large proportion of genetic effects on distal genes are mediated through cisgene expression. Cis-association (between SNP and cis-gene) and gene-gene correlation conditional on SNP genotype could establish trans-association (between SNP and trans-gene). Both cis-association and gene-gene conditional correlation have effects shared across relevant tissues and conditions, and transassociations mediated by cis-gene expression also have effects shared across relevant conditions. RESULTS: . We proposed a Cross-Condition Mediation analysis method (CCmed) for detecting cis-mediated trans-associations with replicable effects in relevant conditions/studies. CCmed integrates cis-association and gene-gene conditional correlation statistics from multiple tissues/studies. Motivated by the bimodal effect-sharing patterns of eQTLs, we proposed two variations of CCmed, CCmedmost and CCmedspec for detecting cross-tissue and tissue-specific trans-associations, respectively. We analyzed data of 13 brain tissues from the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) project, and identified trios with cis-mediated transassociations across brain tissues, many of which showed evidence of trans-association in two replication studies. We also identified trans-genes associated with schizophrenia loci in at least two brain tissues. AVAILABILITY AND IMPLEMENTATION: CCmed software is available at SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Supplementary Material are available at Bioinformatics online.

PubMed ID: 33647928 Exiting the NIEHS site

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