Yeo J, Morales DA, Chen T, Crawford EL, Zhang X, Blomquist TM, Levin AM, Massion PP, Arenberg DA, Midthun DE, Mazzone PJ, Nathan SD, Wainz RJ, Nana-Sinkam P, Willey PFS, Arend TJ, Padda K, Qiu S, Federov A, Hernandez DR, Hammersley JR, Yoon Y, Safi F, Khuder SA, Willey JC. RNAseq analysis of bronchial epithelial cells to identify COPD-associated genes and SNPs. BMC pulmonary medicine. 2018 Mar 5;18(18). 42 p. PMID: 29506519 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC5838965
There is a need for more powerful methods to identify low-effect SNPs that contribute to hereditary COPD pathogenesis. We hypothesized that SNPs contributing to COPD risk through cis-regulatory effects are enriched in genes comprised by bronchial epithelial cell (BEC) expression patterns associated with COPD.