Interpreting a migraine GWAS using gene expression in healthy human brain

Sjoerd Huisman, E Eising, Ahmed Mahfouz, Lisanne Vijfhuizen, Boudewijn Lelieveldt, AMJM van den Maagdenberg, Marcel Reinders

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Migraine is a common brain disorder, with a heritability of 50%. Genome-wide association studies have identified several loci, but interpretation remains challenging. We integrated migraine GWAS data with spatial gene expression data of adult brains from the Allen Human Brain Atlas, to identify specific brain regions and molecular pathways involved in migraine.
We used two complementary methods. First, we clustered all genes into co-expression modules and identified those associated with migraine. Second, we constructed local co-expression networks around high-confidence migraine genes.
Both approaches converge on functions and anatomy.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


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