Publication

Genetic variation and gene expression across multiple tissues and developmental stages in a nonhuman primate.

Nat Genet. 2017 Oct 30. doi: 10.1038/ng.3959. [Epub ahead of print]

Abstract

By analyzing multitissue gene expression and genome-wide genetic variation data in samples from a vervet monkey pedigree, we generated a transcriptome resource and produced the first catalog of expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs) in a nonhuman primate model. This catalog contains more genome-wide significant eQTLs per sample than comparable human resources and identifies sex- and age-related expression patterns. Findings include a master regulatory locus that likely has a role in immune function and a locus regulating hippocampal long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs), whose expression correlates with hippocampal volume. This resource will facilitate genetic investigation of quantitative traits, including brain and behavioral phenotypes relevant to neuropsychiatric disorders.

Authors

Jasinska AJ, Zelaya I, Service SK, Peterson CB, Cantor RM, Choi OW, DeYoung J, Eskin E, Fairbanks LA, Fears S, Furterer AE, Huang YS, Ramensky V, Schmitt CA, Svardal H, Jorgensen MJ, Kaplan JR, Villar D, Aken BL, Flicek P, Nag R, Wong ES, Blangero J, Dyer TD, Bogomolov M, Benjamini Y, Weinstock GM, Dewar K, Sabatti C, Wilson RK, Jentsch JD, Warren W, Coppola G, Woods RP, Freimer NB

Institute Authors

Wes Warren, Ph.D.