Evaluation of replication of variants associated with genetic risk of otitis media.PLoS One. 2014; 9(8):e104212.Plos
The first Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS) of otitis media (OM) found evidence of association in the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) study, but lacked replication in an independent OM population. The aim of this study was to investigate association at these loci in our family-based sample of chronic otitis media with effusion and recurrent otitis media (COME/ROM). Autosomal SNPs were selected from the Raine OM GWAS results. SNPs from the Raine cohort GWAS genotyped in our GWAS of COME/ROM had P-values ranging from P = 0.06-0.80. After removal of SNPs previously genotyped in our GWAS of COME/ROM (N = 21) and those that failed Fluidigm assay design (N = 1), 26 SNPs were successfully genotyped in 716 individuals from our COME/ROM family population. None of the SNP associations replicated in our family-based population (unadjusted P = 0.03-0.93). Replication in an independent sample would confirm that these represent novel OM loci, and that further investigation is warranted.