These publications are examples of research made possible with data from CanPath and its regional cohorts.


Genetic analyses of DNA repair pathway associated genes implicate new candidate cancer predisposing genes in ancestrally defined ovarian cancer cases

Authors: Wejdan M Alenezi, Caitlin T Fierheller, Corinne Serruya, Timothée Revil, Kathleen K Oros, Deepak N Subramanian, Jeffrey Bruce, Dan Spiegelman, Trevor Pugh, Ian G Campbell, Anne-Marie Mes-Masson, Diane Provencher, William D Foulkes, Zaki El Haffaf, Guy Rouleau, Luigi Bouchard, Celia M T Greenwood, Jiannis Ragoussis, Patricia N Tonin

Researchers investigated families with a history of ovarian cancer that couldn’t be explained by known genetic risk factors. Using healthy controls from CARTaGENE, they applied a targeted gene approach and found rare genetic variants in DNA repair pathway genes, particularly in ERCC5, EXO1, FANCC, NEIL1, and NTHL1, in a significant portion of these families.

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Negative Association of Smoking History With Clinically Manifest Cardiac Sarcoidosis: A Case-Control Study

Authors: Chenchen Xu, Pablo B Nery, Christiane Wiefels, Rob S Beanlands, Stewart D Spence, Daniel Juneau, Steven Promislow, Kevin Boczar, Robert A deKemp, David H Birnie

Researchers aimed to explore whether smoking was associated with a specific sarcoidosis phenotype, primarily in Caucasian patients with clinically manifest cardiac sarcoidosis (CS). Ontario Health Study participants’ data were used as controls, while the cases came from the Cardiac Sarcoidosis Multi-Center Prospective Cohort Study. They found a strong association between smoking history and clinically manifest CS, but more research is required to understand whether these associations have therapeutic potential.

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Association of essential tremor with novel risk loci: A genome-wide association study and meta-analysis

Authors: Calwing Liao, Charles-Etienne Castonguay, Karl Heilbron, Veikko Vuokila, Miranda Medeiros, Gabrielle Houle, Fulya Akçimen, Jay P. Ross, Helene Catoire, Monica Diez-Fairen, Jooeun Kang, Stefanie H. Mueller, Simon L. Girard, Franziska Hopfner, Delia Lorenz, Lorraine N. Clark, Alexandra I. Soto-Beasley, Stephan Klebe, Mark Hallett, Zbigniew K. Wszolek, Manuela Pendziwiat, Oswaldo Lorenzo-Betancor, Klaus Seppi, Daniela Berg, Carles Vilariño-Güell, Ronald B. Postuma, Geneviève Bernard, Nicolas Dupré, Joseph Jankovic, Claudia M. Testa, Owen A. Ross, Thomas Arzberger, Sylvain Chouinard, Elan D. Louis, Paola Mandich, Carmine Vitale, Paolo Barone, Elena García-Martín, Hortensia Alonso-Navarro, José A. G. Agúndez, Félix Javier Jiménez-Jiménez, Pau Pastor, Alex Rajput, Günther Deuschl, Gregor Kuhlenbaümer, Inge A. Meijer, Patrick A. Dion, Guy A. Rouleau, for the 23andMe Research Team

This study revealed five genome-wide significant loci associated with essential tremor (ET), one of the most common movement disorders. The researchers’ findings suggest that common genetic variation partly explains ET’s heritability.

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