Significance of functional disease-causal/susceptible variants identified by whole-genome analyses for the understanding of human diseases.

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Significance of functional disease-causal/susceptible variants identified by whole-genome analyses for the understanding of human diseases.

Proc Jpn Acad Ser B Phys Biol Sci. 2017;93(9):657-676

Authors: Hitomi Y, Tokunaga K

Abstract
Human genome variation may cause differences in traits and disease risks. Disease-causal/susceptible genes and variants for both common and rare diseases can be detected by comprehensive whole-genome analyses, such as whole-genome sequencing (WGS), using next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology and genome-wide association studies (GWAS). Here, in addition to the application of an NGS as a whole-genome analysis method, we summarize approaches for the identification of functional disease-causal/susceptible variants from abundant genetic variants in the human genome and methods for evaluating their functional effects in human diseases, using an NGS and in silico and in vitro functional analyses. We also discuss the clinical applications of the functional disease causal/susceptible variants to personalized medicine.

PMID: 29129848 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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