Genotype-based recall studies in complex cardiometabolic traits

Paul W Franks, Nicholas Timpson

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Abstract

In genotype-based recall (GBR) studies, people (or their biological samples) who carry genotypes of special interest for a given hypothesis test are recalled from a larger cohort (or biobank) for more detailed investigations. There are several GBR study designs that offer a range of powerful options to elucidate i) genotype-phenotype associations (by increasing the efficiency of genetic association studies, thereby allowing bespoke phenotyping in relatively small cohorts), ii) the effects of environmental exposures (within the Mendelian randomization framework), and iii) gene-treatment interactions (within the setting of GBR interventional trials). In this review we overview the literature on GBR studies, as applied to cardiometabolic health outcomes. We also review the GBR approaches used to date and outline new methods and study designs that might enhance the utility of GBR-focused studies. Specifically, we highlight how GBR methods have the potential to augment randomized controlled trials, providing an alternative application for the now increasingly accepted MR methods usually applied to large-scale population-based datasets. Further to this, we consider how functional and basic science approaches alongside GBR designs offer intellectually intriguing and potentially powerful ways to explore the implications of alterations to specific (and potentially druggable) biological pathways.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere001947
Number of pages10
JournalCirculation: Genomic and Precision Medicine
Volume11
Issue number8
Early online date13 Aug 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018

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