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1 Associations of FTO and MC4R SNPs with obesity traits in the Indian Migration Study Amy Taylor

2 Background Large number of genetic variants associated with obesity traits have been discovered in Europeans FTO and MC4R associations well established Few studies conducted in Indian populations Suggestion of smaller effect of FTO on BMI in a previous study in Pune (western India)

3 Background Effects of FTO on obesity traits may be modified by energy intake and/or expenditure But effect modification not consistently replicated across studies May reflect true population differences, study sample size or inter-study measurement differences Within population variation of environmental factors may not be large enough

4 Background India is currently experiencing rapid urbanisation In 2001, almost a third of the population lived in urban areas, but it is estimated that by 2025, half the population will be urban dwellers* Urban living in India associated with lifestyle changes and increases in obesity and diabetes Rural/urban living may be a sufficiently strong exposure to show large interaction effects with genetic factors * Yadav K, Krishnan A. Obes Rev 2008; 9(5):

5 Aim To replicate associations of key variants in FTO and MC4R and To investigate whether urban/rural environment alters the strength of these associations in an Indian population

6 Study population Indian Migration Study ( ) Four cities across India: Lucknow, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Bangalore Sibling pair design: - Factory workers and spouses who had migrated from rural areas and their siblings who had remained in rural areas - Lifelong urban dwelling factory workers and their siblings

7 Methods Study participants attended a clinic at the factory: Questionnaire- lifestyle and demographics Anthropometry- height, weight, circumferences, skinfolds Blood pressure Fasting blood tests- lipid, glucose

8 Methods- Genetics Pool of 59 SNPs analysed at Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology Sequenom based mass array assay 3 obesity related SNPs - FTO rs MC4R rs , rs (r 2 =0.90)

9 Methods: Statistical Analysis Key methodological considerations: - Sibling pairs - Population stratification - Effect Modification STATA, QTDT, MX, UNPHASED HWE calculated on half sibling pairs on whole sample and by city Obesity traits converted to age, sex adjusted Z-scores

10 Methods Statistical Analysis STATA analyses Additive genetic model assumed Multilevel model Sibling pair as random effect, city as a fixed effect Genetic effect is decomposed into between- and within-family effects * Inference performed on the within-family effect Robust to population stratification * Fulker et al. Am J Hum Genet 1999; 64(1):

11 Methods: Statistical Analysis Effect modification- added an interaction term to the model Rural and urban living -defined according to current dwelling Dietary fat intake (from food frequency questionnaire) Physical activity measures (METs and time spent in moderate- vigorous physical activity)

12 Results 6942 with genotype data 6780 individuals 3390 pairs 241 rural rural pairs 162 unrelated individuals 1997 rural urban pairs 1152 urban urban pairs

13 Results SNP number Genotype Frequencies N (%) Minor Allele Frequency HWE p value FTOrs TTTAAA 1504 (44.7)1511 (44.9)350 (10.4) MC4Rrs GGGAAA 1,470 (43.2)1,534 (45.0)403 (11.8) MC4Rrs TTTCCC 1,412 (41.7)1,544 (45.6)431(12.7) In Bangalore sample, there was evidence of deviation from HWE for rs

14 Results All Males Females UrbanRuralUrbanRural N Sex (% Female)42 % Urban63 Age (years) BMI (kg/m 2 ) Waist (cm) Body fat (%) % Diabetic Dietary Fat (g/day) Daily average METs

15 Results: FTO Main effects rs

16 Results: MC4R Main effects rs

17 FTO: Interactions with dwelling P for interaction between FTO and dwelling on weight =0.03

18 Results No evidence for effect modification by dwelling on associations with MC4R SNPs No evidence for effect modification by physical activity or dietary measures

19 Discussion Effect estimates for associations of BMI with FTO and MC4R generally in concordance with European and Indian estimates Effect of FTO strongest on weight and BMI- less evidence for association with regional measures of adiposity/total body fat Is this evidence that FTO more important for overall body size in Indians? May reflect accuracy of regional measures

20 Discussion Possible effect modification by rural/urban environment Siblings share early life environment – suggests that effect modification relates to environmental factors post migration Probably insufficient power to investigate interactions with physical activity/diet

21 Further work Investigate associations of recently discovered genetic variants of regional adiposity in Europeans Meta analyses of FTO and MC4R associations in Indian populations Replication of effect modification by environmental exposures in other Indian populations

22 Acknowledgements University of Bristol Dave Evans Nic Timpson Kate Tilling Yoav Ben-Shlomo George Davey-Smith Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad Giriraj Chandak M.N. Sandeep C.S.Janipalli M. Aruna M.V. Kranthi Kumar D.G. Vinay P. Smitha LSHTM Shah Ebrahim Claudia Giambartolomei Sanjay Kinra Ruth Sullivan Liza Bowen Frank Dudbridge South Asian Network for Chronic Disease Vipin Gupta Public Health Foundation of India K.S. Reddy D. Prabhakaran Indian Migration Study Group, field staff and participants

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