Biological interpretation of genome-wide association studies using predicted gene functions.
Journal: Nat Commun
Date: 2015 Jan 19
Major Program(s) or Research Group(s): PLCO
PubMed ID: 25597830
PMC ID: PMC4420238
Abstract: The main challenge for gaining biological insights from genetic associations is identifying which genes and pathways explain the associations. Here we present DEPICT, an integrative tool that employs predicted gene functions to systematically prioritize the most likely causal genes at associated loci, highlight enriched pathways and identify tissues/cell types where genes from associated loci are highly expressed. DEPICT is not limited to genes with established functions and prioritizes relevant gene sets for many phenotypes.