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This article is part of the supplement: The Framingham Heart Study 100,000 single nucleotide polymorphisms resource

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Genetic correlates of longevity and selected age-related phenotypes: a genome-wide association study in the Framingham Study

Kathryn L Lunetta13, Ralph B D'Agostino15, David Karasik4, Emelia J Benjamin12, Chao-Yu Guo12, Raju Govindaraju12, Douglas P Kiel4, Margaret Kelly-Hayes12, Joseph M Massaro15, Michael J Pencina15, Sudha Seshadri12 and Joanne M Murabito12*

Author Affiliations

1 The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute's Framingham Heart Study, Framingham, MA, USA

2 Section of General Internal Medicine and the Departments of Neurology, Cardiology, and Preventive Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA

3 Department of Biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA

4 Hebrew Senior Life Institute for Aging Research and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

5 Statistics and Consulting Unit, Department of Mathematics, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA

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BMC Medical Genetics 2007, 8(Suppl 1):S13  doi:10.1186/1471-2350-8-S1-S13

Published: 19 September 2007

Abstract

Background

Family studies and heritability estimates provide evidence for a genetic contribution to variation in the human life span.

Methods

We conducted a genome wide association study (Affymetrix 100K SNP GeneChip) for longevity-related traits in a community-based sample. We report on 5 longevity and aging traits in up to 1345 Framingham Study participants from 330 families. Multivariable-adjusted residuals were computed using appropriate models (Cox proportional hazards, logistic, or linear regression) and the residuals from these models were used to test for association with qualifying SNPs (70, 987 autosomal SNPs with genotypic call rate ≥80%, minor allele frequency ≥10%, Hardy-Weinberg test p ≥ 0.001).

Results

In family-based association test (FBAT) models, 8 SNPs in two regions approximately 500 kb apart on chromosome 1 (physical positions 73,091,610 and 73, 527,652) were associated with age at death (p-value < 10-5). The two sets of SNPs were in high linkage disequilibrium (minimum r2 = 0.58). The top 30 SNPs for generalized estimating equation (GEE) tests of association with age at death included rs10507486 (p = 0.0001) and rs4943794 (p = 0.0002), SNPs intronic to FOXO1A, a gene implicated in lifespan extension in animal models. FBAT models identified 7 SNPs and GEE models identified 9 SNPs associated with both age at death and morbidity-free survival at age 65 including rs2374983 near PON1. In the analysis of selected candidate genes, SNP associations (FBAT or GEE p-value < 0.01) were identified for age at death in or near the following genes: FOXO1A, GAPDH, KL, LEPR, PON1, PSEN1, SOD2, and WRN. Top ranked SNP associations in the GEE model for age at natural menopause included rs6910534 (p = 0.00003) near FOXO3a and rs3751591 (p = 0.00006) in CYP19A1. Results of all longevity phenotype-genotype associations for all autosomal SNPs are web posted at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/projects/gap/cgi-bin/study.cgi?id=phs000007 webcite.

Conclusion

Longevity and aging traits are associated with SNPs on the Affymetrix 100K GeneChip. None of the associations achieved genome-wide significance. These data generate hypotheses and serve as a resource for replication as more genes and biologic pathways are proposed as contributing to longevity and healthy aging.