Novel genetic loci associated with osteoarthritis in multi-ancestry analyses in the Million Veteran Program and UK Biobank
Osteoarthritis is a common progressive joint disease. As no effective medical interventions are available, osteoarthritis often progresses to the end stage, in which only surgical options such as total joint replacement are available. A more thorough understanding of genetic influences of osteoarthritis is essential to develop targeted personalized approaches to treatment, ideally long before the end stage is reached. To date, there have been no large multiancestry genetic studies of osteoarthritis. Here, we leveraged the unique resources of 484,374 participants in the Million Veteran Program and UK Biobank to address this gap. Analyses included participants of European, African, Asian and Hispanic descent. We discovered osteoarthritis-associated genetic variation at 10 loci and replicated findings from previous osteoarthritis studies. We also present evidence that some osteoarthritis-associated regions are robust to population ancestry. Drug repurposing analyses revealed enrichment of targets of several medication classes and provide potential insight into the etiology of beneficial effects of antiepileptics on osteoarthritis pain.
McDonald, Merry Lynn N.; Lakshman Kumar, Preeti; Srinivasasainagendra, Vinodh; Nair, Ashwathy; Rocco, Alison P.; Wilson, Ava C.; Chiles, Joe W.; Richman, Joshua S.; Pinson, Sarah A.; Dennis, Richard A.; Jagadale, Vivek; Brown, Cynthia J.; Pyarajan, Saiju; Tiwari, Hemant K.; Bamman, Marcas M.; and Singh, Jasvinder A., "Novel genetic loci associated with osteoarthritis in multi-ancestry analyses in the Million Veteran Program and UK Biobank" (2022). School of Medicine Faculty Publications. 442.