Journal article

A bias-reducing pathway enrichment analysis of genome-wide association data confirmed association of the MHC region with schizophrenia.

Peilin Jia, Lily Wang, Ayman H Fanous, Xiangning Chen, Kenneth S Kendler, undefined International Schizophrenia Consortium, Zhongming Zhao

J Med Genet | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: After the recent successes of genome-wide association studies (GWAS), one key challenge is to identify genetic variants that might have a significant joint effect on complex diseases but have failed to be identified individually due to weak to moderate marginal effect. One popular and effective approach is gene set based analysis, which investigates the joint effect of multiple functionally related genes (eg, pathways). However, a typical gene set analysis method is biased towards long genes, a problem that is especially severe in psychiatric diseases. METHODS: A novel approach was proposed, namely generalised additive model (GAM) for GWAS (gamGWAS), for gene set enrichment analy..

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