Abundant contribution of short tandem repeats to gene expression variation in humans

@article{Gymrek2016AbundantCO,
  title={Abundant contribution of short tandem repeats to gene expression variation in humans},
  author={Melissa Gymrek and Thomas F Willems and Audrey Guilmatre and Haoyang Zeng and Barak Markus and Stoyan Georgiev and Mark J. Daly and Alkes L. Price and Jonathan K. Pritchard and Andrew J Sharp and Yaniv Erlich},
  journal={Nature Genetics},
  year={2016},
  volume={48},
  pages={22-29}
}
The contribution of repetitive elements to quantitative human traits is largely unknown. Here we report a genome-wide survey of the contribution of short tandem repeats (STRs), which constitute one of the most polymorphic and abundant repeat classes, to gene expression in humans. Our survey identified 2,060 significant expression STRs (eSTRs). These eSTRs were replicable in orthogonal populations and expression assays. We used variance partitioning to disentangle the contribution of eSTRs from… CONTINUE READING
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