Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies identifies six new Loci for serum calcium concentrations

Conall M O'Seaghdha, Hongsheng Wu, Qiong Yang, Karen Kapur, Idris Guessous, Annie Mercier Zuber, Anna Köttgen, Candice Stoudmann, Alexander Teumer, Zoltán Kutalik, Massimo Mangino, Abbas Dehghan, Weihua Zhang, Gudny Eiriksdottir, Guo Li, Toshiko Tanaka, Laura Portas, Lorna M Lopez, Caroline Hayward, Kurt LohmanKoichi Matsuda, Sandosh Padmanabhan, Dmitri Firsov, Rossella Sorice, Sheila Ulivi, A Catharina Brockhaus, Marcus E Kleber, Anubha Mahajan, Florian D Ernst, Vilmundur Gudnason, Lenore J Launer, Aurelien Mace, Eric Boerwinckle, Dan E Arking, Chizu Tanikawa, Yusuke Nakamura, Morris J Brown, Jean-Michel Gaspoz, Jean-Marc Theler, David S Siscovick, Bruce M Psaty, Sven Bergmann, Peter Vollenweider, Veronique Vitart, Alan F Wright, Tatijana Zemunik, Edward M Brown, John C Chambers, So-Youn Shin, James F Wilson, SUNLIGHT Consortium

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Calcium is vital to the normal functioning of multiple organ systems and its serum concentration is tightly regulated. Apart from CASR, the genes associated with serum calcium are largely unknown. We conducted a genome-wide association meta-analysis of 39,400 individuals from 17 population-based cohorts and investigated the 14 most strongly associated loci in ≤ 21,679 additional individuals. Seven loci (six new regions) in association with serum calcium were identified and replicated. Rs1570669 near CYP24A1 (P = 9.1E-12), rs10491003 upstream of GATA3 (P = 4.8E-09) and rs7481584 in CARS (P = 1.2E-10) implicate regions involved in Mendelian calcemic disorders: Rs1550532 in DGKD (P = 8.2E-11), also associated with bone density, and rs7336933 near DGKH/KIAA0564 (P = 9.1E-10) are near genes that encode distinct isoforms of diacylglycerol kinase. Rs780094 is in GCKR. We characterized the expression of these genes in gut, kidney, and bone, and demonstrate modulation of gene expression in bone in response to dietary calcium in mice. Our results shed new light on the genetics of calcium homeostasis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e1003796
JournalPLoS Genetics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Animals
  • Bone Density
  • Bone and Bones
  • Calcium
  • European Continental Ancestry Group
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Genome-Wide Association Study
  • Homeostasis
  • Humans
  • Kidney
  • Mice
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide


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