Genome Wide Association Study Identifies the HMGCS2 Locus to be Associated With Chlorthalidone Induced Glucose Increase in Hypertensive Patients.

Research paper by Sonal S Singh, Caitrin W CW McDonough, Yan Y Gong, Wael A WA Alghamdi, Meghan J MJ Arwood, Salma A SA Bargal, Leanne L Dumeny, Wen-Yi WY Li, Mai M Mehanna, Bradley B Stockard, Guang G Yang, Felipe A FA de Oliveira, Natalie C NC Fredette, Mohamed H MH Shahin, Kent R KR Bailey, et al.

Indexed on: 11 Mar '18Published on: 11 Mar '18Published in: Journal of the American Heart Association Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease


Thiazide and thiazide-like diuretics are first-line medications for treating uncomplicated hypertension. However, their use has been associated with adverse metabolic events, including hyperglycemia and incident diabetes mellitus, with incompletely understood mechanisms. Our goal was to identify genomic variants associated with thiazide-like diuretic/chlorthalidone-induced glucose change. Genome-wide analysis of glucose change after treatment with chlorthalidone was performed by race among the white (n=175) and black (n=135) participants from the PEAR-2 (Pharmacogenomic Evaluation of Antihypertensive Responses-2). Single-nucleotide polymorphisms with<5×10were further prioritized using in silico analysis based on their expression quantitative trait loci function. Among blacks, an intronic single-nucleotide polymorphism (rs9943291) in thewas associated with increase in glucose levels following chlorthalidone treatment (ß=12.5;=4.17×10). G-allele carriers ofhad higher glucose levels (glucose change=+16.29 mg/dL) post chlorthalidone treatment compared with noncarriers of G allele (glucose change=+2.80 mg/dL). This association was successfully replicated in an independent replication cohort of hydrochlorothiazide-treated participants from the PEAR study (ß=5.54;=0.023). A meta-analysis of the 2 studies was performed by race in Meta-Analysis Helper, where this single-nucleotide polymorphism, rs9943291, was genome-wide significant with a meta-analysisvalue of 3.71×10., a part of the HMG-CoA synthase family, is important for ketogenesis and cholesterol synthesis pathways that are essential in glucose homeostasis. These results suggest thatis a promising candidate gene involved in chlorthalidone and Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)-induced glucose change. This may provide insights into the mechanisms involved in thiazide-induced hyperglycemia that may ultimately facilitate personalized approaches to antihypertensive selection for hypertension treatment. URL: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifiers: NCT00246519 and NCT01203852. © 2018 The Authors. Published on behalf of the American Heart Association, Inc., by Wiley.

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