Dissecting features of epigenetic variants underlying cardiometabolic risk using full-resolution epigenome profiling in regulatory elements

Study ID Alternative Stable ID Type
EGAS00001003415 Other

Study Description

Sparse profiling of CpG methylation in blood by microarrays have identified epigenetic links to common diseases. We apply methylC-capture sequencing (MCC-Seq) in a clinical population of ~200 adipose tissue and matched blood samples (Ntotal ~400), providing high-resolution methylation profiling (>1.3M CpGs) at regulatory elements. We link methylation to cardiometabolic risk through associations to circulating plasma lipid levels and identify lipid-associated CpGs with unique localization patterns in regulatory elements. We show distinct features of tissue-specific versus tissue-independent lipid-linked regulatory regions by contrasting with parallel assessments in ~800 independent adipose tissue and blood samples from the general population. We follow-up on adipose-specific regulatory regions under (1) genetic and (2) epigenetic (environmental) regulation via integrational studies. Overall, the comprehensive sequencing of regulatory element methylomes reveals a rich landscape of functional variants linked genetically as well as epigenetically to plasma lipid traits.

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The study includes NGS-based methylC-capture sequencing (MCC-Seq) on 199 visceral adipose tissue and 206 whole-blood DNA samples derived from obese individuals (BMI >40 kg m-2) in the IUCPQ cohort. We generated 100bp paired-end reads using the Illumina HiSeq2000 or 2500 systems.
Illumina HiSeq 2500 345

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