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A genetic compendium of human brains from the UK Medical Research Council brain tissue resource

Common neurodegenerative diseases have a complex genetic architecture. Highly penetrant diseases alleles are found in a significant minority of cases, and common risk alleles are present in a large proportion. Given the central role of genetic factors in the pathogenesis of these disorders, it is critical that mechanistic studies in human subjects and tissue samples are interpreted in an genetically enlightened context. To address this we performed exome sequencing on 1461 human brains accessible through the Medical Research Council (UK) brain banks network. Our findings confirm the complex genetic landscape of neurodegenerative disease. Clinical, pathological and genetic data for the 1461 brains with corresponding exome sequencing data are available within this dataset, enabling the genetic stratification and selection of post-mortem tissue samples for researchers.

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Dataset ID Description Technology Samples
EGAD00001001925 1461
Publications Citations
Genetic compendium of 1511 human brains available through the UK Medical Research Council Brain Banks Network Resource.
Genome Res 27: 2017 165-173
Frequency and signature of somatic variants in 1461 human brain exomes.
Genet Med 21: 2019 904-912
Germline burden of rare damaging variants negatively affects human healthspan and lifespan.
Elife 9: 2020 e53449
<i>ANGPTL6</i> Genetic Variants Are an Underlying Cause of Familial Intracranial Aneurysms.
Neurology 96: 2021 e947-e955