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Genome-wide association analysis and Mendelian randomization proteomics identify drug targets for heart failure.

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Pereira, Alexandre C 
Dashti, Hesam 
Giambartolomei, Claudia  ORCID logo


We conduct a large-scale meta-analysis of heart failure genome-wide association studies (GWAS) consisting of over 90,000 heart failure cases and more than 1 million control individuals of European ancestry to uncover novel genetic determinants for heart failure. Using the GWAS results and blood protein quantitative loci, we perform Mendelian randomization and colocalization analyses on human proteins to provide putative causal evidence for the role of druggable proteins in the genesis of heart failure. We identify 39 genome-wide significant heart failure risk variants, of which 18 are previously unreported. Using a combination of Mendelian randomization proteomics and genetic cis-only colocalization analyses, we identify 10 additional putatively causal genes for heart failure. Findings from GWAS and Mendelian randomization-proteomics identify seven (CAMK2D, PRKD1, PRKD3, MAPK3, TNFSF12, APOC3 and NAE1) proteins as potential targets for interventions to be used in primary prevention of heart failure.



Humans, Genome-Wide Association Study, Mendelian Randomization Analysis, Proteomics, Heart Failure

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Nat Commun

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Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Medical Research Council (MC_UU_12015/1)