Genome-wide meta-analysis identifies new susceptibility loci for migraine

Verneri Anttila, Bendik S Winsvold, Padhraig Gormley, Tobias Kurth, Francesco Bettella, George McMahon, Mikko Kallela, Rainer Malik, Boukje de Vries, Gisela Terwindt, Sarah E Medland, Unda Todt, Wendy L McArdle, Lydia Quaye, Markku Koiranen, M Arfan Ikram, Terho Lehtimäki, Anine H Stam, Lannie Ligthart, Juho WedenojaIan Dunham, Benjamin M Neale, Priit Palta, Eija Hamalainen, Markus Schürks, Lynda M Rose, Julie E Buring, Paul M Ridker, Stacy Steinberg, Hreinn Stefansson, Finnbogi Jakobsson, Debbie A Lawlor, David M Evans, Susan M Ring, Markus Färkkilä, Ville Artto, Mari A Kaunisto, Tobias Freilinger, Jean Schoenen, Rune R Frants, Nadine Pelzer, Claudia M Weller, Ronald Zielman, Andrew C Heath, Pamela A F Madden, Grant W Montgomery, Nicholas G Martin, Guntram Borck, Frances M K Williams, Lynn Cherkas, North American Brain Expression Consortium

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Migraine is the most common brain disorder, affecting approximately 14% of the adult population, but its molecular mechanisms are poorly understood. We report the results of a meta-analysis across 29 genome-wide association studies, including a total of 23,285 individuals with migraine (cases) and 95,425 population-matched controls. We identified 12 loci associated with migraine susceptibility (P < 5 × 10−8). Five loci are new: near AJAP1 at 1p36, near TSPAN2 at 1p13, within FHL5 at 6q16, within C7orf10 at 7p14 and near MMP16 at 8q21. Three of these loci were identified in disease subgroup analyses. Brain tissue expression quantitative trait locus analysis suggests potential functional candidate genes at four loci: APOA1BP, TBC1D7, FUT9, STAT6 and ATP5B.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberN/A
Pages (from-to)912-917
Number of pages6
JournalNature Genetics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


  • Cerebellum
  • Computational Biology
  • Frontal Lobe
  • Genetic Loci
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Genome-Wide Association Study
  • Humans
  • Migraine Disorders
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide
  • Quantitative Trait Loci


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