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Several risk factors for Crohn's disease have been identified in recent genome-wide association studies. To advance gene discovery further, we combined data from three studies on Crohn's disease (a total of 3,230 cases and 4,829 controls) and carried out replication in 3,664 independent cases with a mixture of population-based and family-based controls. The results strongly confirm 11 previously reported loci and provide genome-wide significant evidence for 21 additional loci, including the regions containing STAT3, JAK2, ICOSLG, CDKAL1 and ITLN1. The expanded molecular understanding of the basis of this disease offers promise for informed therapeutic development.

Original publication

DOI

10.1038/ng.175

Type

Journal article

Journal

Nat Genet

Publication Date

08/2008

Volume

40

Pages

955 - 962

Keywords

Crohn Disease, Genetic Predisposition to Disease, Genome, Human, Humans, Quantitative Trait Loci