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Human Studies

2021 Apr 06


Methylation quantitative trait locus analysis of chronic postsurgical pain uncovers epigenetic mediators of genetic risk.


Chidambaran V, Zhang X, Pilipenko V, Chen X, Wronowski B, Geisler K, Martin LJ, Barski A, Weirauch MT, Ji H
Epigenomics. 2021 Apr 06.
PMID: 33820434.


Overlap of pathways enriched by single nucleotide polymorphisms and DNA-methylation underlying chronic postsurgical pain (CPSP), prompted pilot study of CPSP-associated methylation quantitative trait loci (meQTL). Children undergoing spine-fusion were recruited prospectively. Logistic-regression for genome- and epigenome-wide CPSP association and DNA-methylation-single nucleotide polymorphism association/mediation analyses to identify meQTLs were followed by functional genomics analyses. CPSP (n = 20/58) and non-CPSP groups differed in pain-measures. Of 2753 meQTLs, DNA-methylation at 127 cytosine-guanine dinucleotides mediated association of 470 meQTLs with CPSP (p < 0.05). At PARK16 locus, CPSP risk meQTLs were associated with decreased DNA-methylation at and increased DNA-methylation at Corresponding blood eQTLs (GTEx) and cytosine-guanine dinucleotide-loci enrichment for histone marks, transcription factor binding sites and ATAC-seq peaks suggest altered transcription factor-binding. CPSP-associated meQTLs indicate epigenetic mechanisms mediate genetic risk. Clinical trial registration: NCT01839461, NCT01731873 (ClinicalTrials.gov).