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Olle Melander

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Meta-analysis identifies six new susceptibility loci for atrial fibrillation


  • Patrick T. Ellinor
  • Kathryn L. Lunetta
  • Christine M. Albert
  • Nicole L. Glazer
  • Marylyn D. Ritchie
  • Albert V. Smith
  • Dan E. Arking
  • Martina Mueller-Nurasyid
  • Bouwe P. Krijthe
  • Steven A. Lubitz
  • Joshua C. Bis
  • Mina K. Chung
  • Marcus Doerr
  • Kouichi Ozaki
  • Jason D. Roberts
  • Gustav Smith
  • Arne Pfeufer
  • Moritz F. Sinner
  • Kurt Lohman
  • Jingzhong Ding
  • Nicholas L. Smith
  • Jonathan D. Smith
  • Michiel Rienstra
  • Kenneth M. Rice
  • David R. Van Wagoner
  • Jared W. Magnani
  • Reza Wakili
  • Sebastian Clauss
  • Jerome I. Rotter
  • Gerhard Steinbeck
  • Lenore J. Launer
  • Robert W. Davies
  • Matthew Borkovich
  • Tamara B. Harris
  • Honghuang Lin
  • Uwe Voelker
  • Henry Voelzke
  • David J. Milan
  • Albert Hofman
  • Eric Boerwinkle
  • Lin Y. Chen
  • Elsayed Z. Soliman
  • Benjamin F. Voight
  • Guo Li
  • Aravinda Chakravarti
  • Michiaki Kubo
  • Usha B. Tedrow
  • Lynda M. Rose
  • Paul M. Ridker
  • David Conen
  • Tatsuhiko Tsunoda
  • Tetsushi Furukawa
  • Nona Sotoodehnia
  • Siyan Xu
  • Naoyuki Kamatani
  • Daniel Levy
  • Yusuke Nakamura
  • Babar Parvez
  • Saagar Mahida
  • Karen L. Furie
  • Jonathan Rosand
  • Raafia Muhammad
  • Bruce M. Psaty
  • Thomas Meitinger
  • Siegfried Perz
  • H-Erich Wichmann
  • Jacqueline C. M. Witteman
  • W. H. Linda Kao
  • Sekar Kathiresan
  • Dan M. Roden
  • Andre G. Uitterlinden
  • Fernando Rivadeneira
  • Barbara McKnight
  • Marketa Sjögren
  • Anne B. Newman
  • Yongmei Liu
  • Michael H. Gollob
  • Olle Melander
  • Toshihiro Tanaka
  • Bruno H. Ch Stricker
  • Stephan B. Felix
  • Alvaro Alonso
  • Dawood Darbar
  • John Barnard
  • Daniel I. Chasman
  • Susan R. Heckbert
  • Emelia J. Benjamin
  • Vilmundur Gudnason
  • Stefan Kaeaeb

Summary, in English

Atrial fibrillation is a highly prevalent arrhythmia and a major risk factor for stroke, heart failure and death(1). We conducted a genome-wide association study (GWAS) in individuals of European ancestry, including 6,707 with and 52,426 without atrial fibrillation. Six new atrial fibrillation susceptibility loci were identified and replicated in an additional sample of individuals of European ancestry, including 5,381 subjects with and 10,030 subjects without atrial fibrillation (P < 5 x 10(-8)). Four of the loci identified in Europeans were further replicated in silico in a GWAS of Japanese individuals, including 843 individuals with and 3,350 individuals without atrial fibrillation. The identified loci implicate candidate genes that encode transcription factors related to cardiopulmonary development, cardiac-expressed ion channels and cell signaling molecules.


  • Cardiovascular Research - Hypertension
  • EXODIAB: Excellence in Diabetes Research in Sweden
  • EpiHealth: Epidemiology for Health

Publishing year







Nature Genetics





Document type

Journal article


Nature Publishing Group


  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems



Research group

  • Cardiovascular Research - Hypertension


  • ISSN: 1546-1718