Searching for causal relationships of glioma: a phenome-wide Mendelian randomisation study.
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Background The aetiology of glioma is poorly understood. Summary data from genome-wide association studies (GWAS) can be used in a Mendelian randomisation (MR) phenome-wide association study (PheWAS) to search for glioma risk factors.Methods We performed an MR-PheWAS analysing 316 phenotypes, proxied by 8387 genetic variants, and summary genetic data from a GWAS of 12,488 glioma cases and 18,169 controls. Causal effects were estimated under a random-effects inverse-variance-weighted (IVW-RE) model, with robust adjusted profile score (MR-RAPS), weighted median and mode-based estimates computed to assess the robustness of findings. Odds ratios per one standard deviation increase in each phenotype were calculated for all glioma, glioblastoma (GBM) and non-GBM tumours.Results No significant associations (P < 1.58 × 10 -4 ) were observed between phenotypes and glioma under the IVW-RE model. Suggestive associations (1.58 × 10 -4 < P < 0.05) were observed between leukocyte telomere length (LTL) with all glioma (OR SD = 3.91, P = 9.24 × 10 -3 ) and GBM (OR SD = 4.86, P = 3.23 × 10 -2 ), but the association was primarily driven by the TERT variant rs2736100. Serum low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and plasma HbA1C showed suggestive associations with glioma (OR SD = 1.11, P = 1.39 × 10 -2 and OR SD = 1.28, P = 1.73 × 10 -2 , respectively), both associations being reliant on single genetic variants.Conclusions Our study provides further insight into the aetiological basis of glioma for which published data have been mixed.
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British journal of cancer, 2021, 124 (2), pp. 447 - 454