UMMS Affiliation

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology; Program in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology

Date

12-18-2008

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

DNA Mutational Analysis; *Gene Dosage; Gene Duplication; Gene Frequency; Genotype; Humans; Linkage Disequilibrium; Models, Genetic; *Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide; Sample Size

Disciplines

Bioinformatics | Computational Biology | Genetics and Genomics | Systems Biology

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have been used extensively in genetics and epidemiology studies. Traditionally, SNPs that did not pass the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE) test were excluded from these analyses. Many investigators have addressed possible causes for departure from HWE, including genotyping errors, population admixture and segmental duplication. Recent large-scale surveys have revealed abundant structural variations in the human genome, including copy number variations (CNVs). This suggests that a significant number of SNPs must be within these regions, which may cause deviation from HWE.

RESULTS: We performed a Bayesian analysis on the potential effect of copy number variation, segmental duplication and genotyping errors on the behavior of SNPs. Our results suggest that copy number variation is a major factor of HWE violation for SNPs with a small minor allele frequency, when the sample size is large and the genotyping error rate is 0~1%.

CONCLUSIONS: Our study provides the posterior probability that a SNP falls in a CNV or a segmental duplication, given the observed allele frequency of the SNP, sample size and the significance level of HWE testing.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: PLoS One. 2008;3(12):e3906. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0003906. Epub 2008 Dec 18. Link to article on publisher's site

Comments

Copyright: 2008 Lee et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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