Integrative functional genomic analysis of intron retention in human and mouse brain with Alzheimer's disease.

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Alzheimers Dement


genomics; washington; seattle; ISB


Intron retention (IR) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of complex diseases such as cancers; its association with Alzheimer's disease (AD) remains unexplored. We performed genome-wide analysis of IR through integrating genetic, transcriptomic, and proteomic data of AD subjects and mouse models from the Accelerating Medicines Partnership-Alzheimer's Disease project. We identified 4535 and 4086 IR events in 2173 human and 1736 mouse genes, respectively. Quantitation of IR enabled the identification of differentially expressed genes that conventional exon-level approaches did not reveal. There were significant correlations of intron expression within innate immune genes, like HMBOX1, with AD in humans. Peptides with a high probability of translation from intron-retained mRNAs were identified using mass spectrometry. Further, we established AD-specific intron expression Quantitative Trait Loci, and identified splicing-related genes that may regulate IR. Our analysis provides a novel resource for the search for new AD biomarkers and pathological mechanisms.

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Neurosciences (Brain & Spine)


Institute for Systems Biology