Presenter Information

Peter FioricaFollow

Major

Molecular Biology

Anticipated Graduation Year

2020

Access Type

Open Access

Abstract

Prostate cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in African American men. The genetic risk for the cancer has been governed by a few rare variants with high penetrance and many commonly occurring variants with lower impact on risk. To better understand the genetic risk for prostate cancer in African Americans, we performed PrediXcan, a transcriptome-wide imputation method that uses reference transcriptome data, in a cohort of nearly 10,000 self-identified African, Latin, and Japanese individuals. We identified 10 genes in African Americans and 4 genes in Japanese Americans to be significantly associated with Prostate Cancer in these populations.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Heather E. Wheeler; Associate Professor of Biology, Computer Science, & Public Health; Gregory Matthews; Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics

Supported By

National Institute of Health-1R15HG009569-01

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Transcriptome-Wide Association Study of Prostate Cancer in Diverse Populations

Prostate cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in African American men. The genetic risk for the cancer has been governed by a few rare variants with high penetrance and many commonly occurring variants with lower impact on risk. To better understand the genetic risk for prostate cancer in African Americans, we performed PrediXcan, a transcriptome-wide imputation method that uses reference transcriptome data, in a cohort of nearly 10,000 self-identified African, Latin, and Japanese individuals. We identified 10 genes in African Americans and 4 genes in Japanese Americans to be significantly associated with Prostate Cancer in these populations.