SMS scnews item created by Dario Strbenac at Thu 8 Apr 2021 1000
Type: Seminar
Modified: Thu 8 Apr 2021 1033
Distribution: World
Expiry: 13 Apr 2021
Calendar1: 12 Apr 2021 1300-1330
CalLoc1: Zoom videoconferencing
Auth: dario@ (dstr7320) in SMS-SAML

Statistical Bioinformatics Webinar: Qi -- Genetic Control of pre-mRNA Splicing in Brain and its Role in Complex Trait Variation

Presented by Dr. Ting Qi, statistical geneticist at Westlake University, China

Most variants identified from genome-wide association studies (G.W.A.S.) in humans are
non-coding, suggesting their role in gene regulation. Prior studies have shown
considerable links of G.W.A.S. signals to expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs),
but the links to other genetic regulatory mechanisms such as splicing QTLs (sQTLs) are
under-explored. Here, we introduced a transcript-based sQTL method (named DISMISS)
with improved power for sQTL detection. Applying DISMISS along with LeafCutter,
an event-based sQTL method, to brain transcriptomic data, we identified 7491 genes
with sQTLs with p value less than 0.00000005, 2598 of which did not have eQTLs.
Integrating the eQTL and sQTL data into GWAS for nine neuropsychological traits, we
identified 271 genes associated with the traits through sQTLs, 153 of which did not
overlap the trait-associated genes identified through eQTLs. Our study demonstrates
the use of brain sQTLs as an invaluable means to understand the role of genetic
regulation of transcription in neuropsychological traits.

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