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Host genetic variation in mucosal immunity pathways influences the upper airway microbiome

Overview of attention for article published in Microbiome, February 2017
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Host genetic variation in mucosal immunity pathways influences the upper airway microbiome
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Microbiome, February 2017
DOI 10.1186/s40168-016-0227-5
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Catherine Igartua, Emily R. Davenport, Yoav Gilad, Dan L. Nicolae, Jayant Pinto, Carole Ober


The degree to which host genetic variation can modulate microbial communities in humans remains an open question. Here, we performed a genetic mapping study of the microbiome in two accessible upper airway sites, the nasopharynx and the nasal vestibule, during two seasons in 144 adult members of a founder population of European decent. We estimated the relative abundances (RAs) of genus level bacteria from 16S rRNA gene sequences and examined associations with 148,653 genetic variants (linkage disequilibrium [LD] r (2) < 0.5) selected from among all common variants discovered in genome sequences in this population. We identified 37 microbiome quantitative trait loci (mbQTLs) that showed evidence of association with the RAs of 22 genera (q < 0.05) and were enriched for genes in mucosal immunity pathways. The most significant association was between the RA of Dermacoccus (phylum Actinobacteria) and a variant 8 kb upstream of TINCR (rs117042385; p = 1.61 × 10(-8); q = 0.002), a long non-coding RNA that binds to peptidoglycan recognition protein 3 (PGLYRP3) mRNA, a gene encoding a known antimicrobial protein. A second association was between a missense variant in PGLYRP4 (rs3006458) and the RA of an unclassified genus of family Micrococcaceae (phylum Actinobacteria) (p = 5.10 × 10(-7); q = 0.032). Our findings provide evidence of host genetic influences on upper airway microbial composition in humans and implicate mucosal immunity genes in this relationship.

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Unknown 88 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 18 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 18%
Student > Master 12 14%
Student > Bachelor 12 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 5%
Other 13 15%
Unknown 13 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 30 34%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 20 23%
Medicine and Dentistry 9 10%
Immunology and Microbiology 5 6%
Arts and Humanities 2 2%
Other 6 7%
Unknown 16 18%

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