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Genetic association study of exfoliation syndrome identifies a protective rare variant at LOXL1 and five new susceptibility loci

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Exfoliation syndrome (XFS) is the most common known risk factor for secondary glaucoma and a major cause of blindness worldwide. Variants in two genes, LOXL1 and CACNA1A, have previously been associated with XFS. To further elucidate the genetic basis of XFS, we collected a global sample of XFS cases to refine the association at LOXL1, which previously showed inconsistent results across populations, and to identify new variants associated with XFS. We identified a rare protective allele at LOXL1 (p.Phe407, odds ratio (OR) = 25, P = 2.9 × 10−14) through deep resequencing of XFS cases and controls from nine countries. A genome-wide association study (GWAS) of XFS cases and controls from 24 countries followed by replication in 18 countries identified seven genome-wide significant loci (P < 5 × 10−8). We identified association signals at 13q12 (POMP), 11q23.3 (TMEM136), 6p21 (AGPAT1), 3p24 (RBMS3) and 5q23 (near SEMA6A). These findings provide biological insights into the pathology of XFS and highlight a potential role for naturally occurring rare LOXL1 variants in disease biology.

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This research is supported by the Biomedical Research Council, Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore (to C.C.K.), by the Glaucoma Foundation of New York (to C.C.K.), by grants from the National Medical Research Council, Singapore NMRC/TCR/008-SERI/2013 and NMRC/STAR/0023/2014 to T.A. and NMRC/CBRG/0032/2013 to E.N.V.), by the Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Klinische Forschung (IZKF-E23) from Germany to F.P. and U.S.-S., and by grants from the US National Institutes of Health: UM1 CA186107, R01 CA49449, R01 AR056291, R01 CA131332, P01 CA055075, R01 CA134958 and R01 EY015473 to J.L.W. For XFS cases in the US GWAS data set, genotyping services were provided through a grant to J.L.W. (HG008597) by the Center for Inherited Disease Research (CIDR). CIDR is fully funded through a federal contract from the US National Institutes of Health to The Johns Hopkins University, contract HHSN268201200008I. The Beijing, China, collection was supported by funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (81030016 and 81570837), the Program of Beijing Scholars (2013), the National Major Scientific and Technological Special Project for Significant New Drugs Development (2011ZX09302-007-05) and Leading Talents–High-Level Talents of the Health System of Beijing (2009-1-05) to N. Wang. We dedicate this article to the ophthalmologist Eva Forsman from Finland who passed away after diagnosing all of the exfoliation syndrome cases from Finland.

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    • Tin Aung
    • , Mineo Ozaki
    • , Mei Chin Lee
    • , Ursula Schlötzer-Schrehardt
    • , Gudmar Thorleifsson
    • , Takanori Mizoguchi
    • , Robert P Igo Jr
    • , Aravind Haripriya
    • , Susan E Williams
    • , Yury S Astakhov
    • , Andrew C Orr
    • , Kathryn P Burdon
    • , Satoko Nakano
    • , Kazuhiko Mori
    • , Khaled Abu-Amero
    •  & Michael Hauser

    These authors contributed equally to this work.

    • Fridbert Jonasson
    • , R Rand Allingham
    • , Dan Milea
    • , Robert Ritch
    • , Toshiaki Kubota
    • , Kei Tashiro
    • , Eranga N Vithana
    • , Shazia Micheal
    • , Fotis Topouzis
    • , Jamie E Craig
    • , Michael Dubina
    • , Periasamy Sundaresan
    • , Kari Stefansson
    • , Janey L Wiggs
    • , Francesca Pasutto
    •  & Chiea Chuen Khor

    These authors jointly directed this work.


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    • , Mei Chin Lee
    • , Michael Hauser
    • , Shamira A Perera
    • , Anita S Y Chan
    • , Yaan Fun Chong
    • , Xiao Yu Ng
    • , Shuang Ru Goh
    • , Yueming Chen
    • , Victor H K Yong
    • , Ching-Yu Cheng
    • , Eray Atalay
    • , Tien Yin Wong
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    • , Dan Milea
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    • Alina Popa Cherecheanu
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    • Murat Irkec
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    • Kazuhisa Sugiyama
    •  & Tomomi Higashide
  39. Department of Medical Genetics, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.

    • Irma Järvelä
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  55. Jadhavbhai Nathamal Singhvi Department of Glaucoma, Medical Research Foundation, Chennai, India.

    • Ronnie George
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  56. Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology, Hanoi, Vietnam.

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    • , Hip X Nguyn
    • , Giang T T Nguyn
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  57. King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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    • , Ohoud Owaidhah
    •  & Leyla Ali Aljasim
  58. Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

    • Deepak P Edward
  59. Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain.

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  60. Institute for Biomedical Research of Salamanca (IBSAL), Salamanca, Spain.

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    •  & Rogelio González-Sarmiento
  61. Ophthalmic Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

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    • , Afsaneh Naderi Beni
    •  & Shahin Yazdani
  62. Farabi Eye Hospital, Tehran University Eye Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

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    • , Alireza lashay
    • , Homa Naderifar
    •  & Nassim Khatibi
  63. Ideta Eye Hospital, Kumamoto City, Japan.

    • Ryuichi Ideta
  64. Eye Clinic, Rigshospitalet–Glostrup, Glostrup, Denmark.

    • Daniella Bach-Holm
    •  & Per Kappelgaard
  65. John A. Moran Eye Center, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

    • Barbara Wirostko
    • , Samuel Thomas
    • , Karen Curtin
    • , Craig J Chaya
    •  & Alan Crandall
  66. Sichuan Provincial Key Laboratory for Human Disease Gene Study, Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China.

    • Zhenglin Yang
  67. School of Medicine, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China.

    • Zhenglin Yang
  68. Department of Ophthalmology, First Affiliated Hospital of Xinjiang Medical University, Urumchi, China.

    • Xueyi Chen
  69. Center for Human Molecular Biology and Genetics, Institute of Laboratory Medicine, Sichuan Academy of Medical Sciences and Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital, Chengdu, China.

    • Lulin Huang
  70. Sichuan Translational Research Hospital, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu, China.

    • Lulin Huang
  71. Beijing Institute of Ophthalmology, Beijing Tongren Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China.

    • Liyun Jia
    • , Bowen Zhao
    • , Ya-Xing Wang
    •  & Ningli Wang
  72. Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Shenzhen Eye Hospital, Jinan University, Shenzhen, China.

    • Xuyang Liu
  73. Département d'Ophtalmologie, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, Angers, France.

    • Stéphanie Leruez
  74. Département de Biochimie et Génétique, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, Angers, France.

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  75. David Tvildiani Medical University, Tbilisi, Georgia.

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    •  & André Reis
  76. Institute of Human Genetics, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany.

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    •  & Francesca Pasutto
  77. Department of Ophthalmology, Medical University Graz, Graz, Austria.

    • Georg Mossböck
  78. Institute for Ophthalmic Research, Centre for Ophthalmology, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany.

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  79. Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.

    • Panayiota Founti
    • , Theofanis Pappas
    • , Eleftherios Anastasopoulos
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  80. Laboratory of General Biology, School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.

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    •  & Alexandros Lambropoulos
  81. GROW Research Laboratory, Narayana Nethralaya Foundation, Bangalore, India.

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  82. Santa Lucia Eye Hospital from Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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  83. Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry, India.

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  84. Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveli, India.

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  85. Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore, India.

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  86. Vision Research Foundation, Chennai, India.

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  87. Ocular Tissue Engineering Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

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  88. Dipartimento di Scienze Chirurgiche, Università di Torino, Turin, Italy.

    • Antonio Fea
    • , Carlo Lavia
    • , Laura Dallorto
    •  & Teresa Rolle
  89. Ophthalmology Unit, Department of Medicine, Surgery and Neuroscience, University of Siena, Siena, Italy.

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  90. Department of Ophthalmology, Monfalcone Hospital, Gorizia, Italy.

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  91. Department of Health Sciences, University of Milan, Milan, Italy.

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  92. Department of Nephrology, University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy.

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  93. Miyata Eye Hospital, Miyazaki, Japan.

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    •  & Kazunori Miyata
  94. Sensho-kai Eye Institute, Kyoto, Japan.

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  95. Department of Medicine and Engineering Combined Research Institute, Asahikawa Medical University, Asahikawa, Japan.

    • Satoshi Ishiko
  96. Department of Ophthalmology, Asahikawa Medical University, Asahikawa, Japan.

    • Akitoshi Yoshida
  97. Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan.

    • Masahide Yanagi
    •  & Yoshiaki Kiuchi
  98. Ohashi Eye Center, Sapporo, Japan.

    • Tsutomu Ohashi
  99. Tane Memorial Eye Hospital, Osaka, Japan.

    • Toshiya Sakurai
  100. Department of Ophthalmology, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.

    • Makoto Aihara
  101. Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medical Science, University of Fukui, Fukui, Japan.

    • Masaru Inatani
  102. Center for Genomic Medicine, INSERM U852, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan.

    • Norimoto Gotoh
    •  & Fumihiko Matsuda
  103. Tazuke Kofukai Foundation, Medical Research Institute, Kitano Hospital, Osaka, Japan.

    • Nagahisa Yoshimura
  104. Department of Ophthalmology, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea.

    • Kyu Hyung Park
  105. Department of Ophthalmology, Seoul Metropolitan Government Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

    • Jeeyun Ahn
  106. Laboratoires RAFEI, Mohammedia, Morocco.

    • Abderrahman Rafei
  107. Department of Human Genetics, Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

    • Muhammad Imran Khan
    •  & Anneke I den Hollander
  108. Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.

    • Olusola O Olawoye
    •  & Adeyinka O Ashaye
  109. Department of Ophthalmology, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria.

    • Olusola O Olawoye
    •  & Adeyinka O Ashaye
  110. ECWA Eye Hospital, Kano, Nigeria.

    • Idakwo Ugbede
  111. Department of Ophthalmology, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria.

    • Adeola Onakoya
  112. Guinness Eye Centre, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria.

    • Adeola Onakoya
  113. Department of Ophthalmology, ESUT Teaching Hospital Parklane, Enugu, Nigeria.

    • Nkiru Kizor-Akaraiwe
    • , Suhanya Okeke
    •  & Ifeoma Asimadu
  114. Eye Specialists Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria.

    • Nkiru Kizor-Akaraiwe
    • , Suhanya Okeke
    •  & Nkechi J Uche
  115. Department of Ophthalmology, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.

    • Chaiwat Teekhasaenee
    • , Yanin Suwan
    •  & Wasu Supakontanasan
  116. Department of Ophthalmology, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu, Nigeria.

    • Nkechi J Uche
  117. Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Ituku Ozalla Campus, Enugu, Nigeria.

    • Nkechi J Uche
  118. Department of Environmental Sciences, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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  119. Pakistan Institute of Ophthalmology, Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

    • Farah Akhtar
  120. Centro Oftalmologico Lischinsky, Tucumán, Argentina.

    • Ignacio Lischinsky
  121. Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Hospital Nacional Arzobispo Loayza, Lima, Peru.

    • Vania Castro
  122. Instituto de Glaucoma y Catarata, Lima, Peru.

    • Rodolfo Perez Grossmann
  123. Clinical Research Centre Adolphe de Rothschild, Société Médicale de Beaulieu, Geneva, Switzerland.

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    •  & Sylvain Roy
  124. Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.

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    •  & Eoin Silke
  125. Shri Mithu Tulsi, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Bhubaneswar, India.

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    •  & Priti Sahay
  126. Hospital Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina.

    • Pablo Fornero
    •  & Osvaldo Cuello
  127. Centro Oftalmologico Charles, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    • Tamara Zompa
  128. Centre for Vision Research, Department of Ophthalmology and Westmead Institute for Medical Research, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

    • Paul Mitchell
    •  & Jie Jin Wang
  129. Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), University of Melbourne, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

    • Alex W Hewitt
    • , Michael Coote
    •  & Jonathan G Crowston
  130. St. Petersburg Academic University, St. Petersburg, Russia.

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    • , Vera Vysochinskaya
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  131. Clinical Pharmacology, SingHealth, Singapore.

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  132. Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory, National Cancer Centre, Singapore.

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  133. Office of Clinical Sciences, Duke–NUS Medical School, Singapore.

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  134. Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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  135. Department of Ophthalmology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore.

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  136. Molecular Medicine Unit, Department of Medicine, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain.

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  137. Translational Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases, Hospital Clínico Universitario de Santiago, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

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  138. GENVIP Research Group, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria de Santiago, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

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  139. Unidade de Xenética, Departamento de Anatomía Patolóxica e Ciencias Forenses, Instituto de Ciencias Forenses, Facultade de Medicina, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

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  140. Instituto de Ciencias Forenses, Facultade de Medicina, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

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  141. Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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    •  & Linda Hansapinyo
  142. Department of Ophthalmology, Rajavithi Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand.

    • Boonsong Wanichwecharugruang
  143. Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.

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  144. Institut Pasteur, Functional Genetics of Infectious Diseases Unit, Department of Genomes and Genetics, Paris, France.

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  145. Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Unité de Recherche Associée 3012, Paris, France.

    • Anavaj Sakuntabhai
  146. Department of General Pediatrics, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria.

    • Werner Zenz
    • , Alexander Binder
    •  & Daniela S Klobassa
  147. Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Disease, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK.

    • Martin L Hibberd
  148. Department of Genomics, Life & Brain Center, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany.

    • Stefan Herms
    •  & Markus M Nöthen
  149. Department of Biomedicine, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland.

    • Stefan Herms
  150. Division of Medical Genetics, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland.

    • Stefan Herms
  151. Institute of Human Genetics, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany.

    • Markus M Nöthen
  152. Institute for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology, University Hospital of Essen, University Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany.

    • Susanne Moebus
  153. Division of Ophthalmology, Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa.

    • Robyn M Rautenbach
    •  & Ari Ziskind
  154. Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

    • Michele Ramsay
  155. Department of Genetics, Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Meselik, Eskisehir, Turkey.

    • Çilingir Oguz
  156. Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey.

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    • , Eray Atalay
    •  & Bilge Batu
  157. DAMAGEN Genetic Diagnostic Center, Ankara, Turkey.

    • Dilek Aktas
  158. School of Medicine, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA.

    • M Roy Wilson
  159. Center for Community Outreach and Policy, Stein Eye Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA.

    • Anne L Coleman
  160. Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy, Center for Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine, James and Jean Culver Discovery Institute, Augusta University, Augusta, Georgia, USA.

    • Yutao Liu
  161. Vanderbilt Eye Institute, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

    • Rachel W Kuchtey
    •  & John Kuchtey
  162. Hamilton Glaucoma Center, Department of Ophthalmology and Shiley Eye Institute, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California, USA.

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    •  & Robert N Weinreb
  163. Department of Genomic Medical Sciences, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan.

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    •  & Kei Tashiro
  164. Department of Frontier Medical Science and Technology for Ophthalmology, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan.

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  165. Department of Ophthalmology, Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

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  166. Department of Ophthalmology, University of Turku and Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland.

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  167. Institute for Vision Research, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA.

    • John H Fingert
  168. Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA.

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  169. Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, USA.

    • Richard K Lee
  170. Department of Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA.

    • Arthur J Sit
  171. Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

    • Bradford J Shingleton
  172. Institute of Biomedical Technologies, Italian National Research Centre (ITB-CNR), Segrate-Milano, Italy.

    • Daniele Cusi
  173. Department of Biosciences, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan.

    • Raheel Qamar
  174. Department of Biochemistry, Al-Nafees Medical College and Hospital, Isra University, Islamabad, Pakistan.

    • Raheel Qamar
  175. Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

    • Peter Kraft
  176. John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, USA.

    • Margaret A Pericak-Vance
  177. Divisions of Genetics and Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

    • Soumya Raychaudhuri
  178. Partners Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

    • Soumya Raychaudhuri
  179. Program in Medical and Population Genetics, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

    • Soumya Raychaudhuri
  180. Institute of Inflammation and Repair, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.

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  181. Rheumatology Unit, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital Solna, Stockholm, Sweden.

    • Soumya Raychaudhuri
  182. Department of Ophthalmology, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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  183. Department of Pathology, Rigshospitalet, Eye Pathology Section, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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  184. Department of Ophthalmology, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland.

    • Tero Kivelä
  185. Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

    • Louis R Pasquale
    •  & Janey L Wiggs
  186. Institute of Computational Biology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

    • Jonathan L Haines
  187. Faculty of Medicine, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland.

    • Unnur Thorsteinsdottir
    • , Fridbert Jonasson
    •  & Kari Stefansson
  188. Department of Ophthalmology, Landspitali University Hospital, Reykjavik, Iceland.

    • Fridbert Jonasson
  189. Einhorn Clinical Research Center, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, New York, New York, USA.

    • Robert Ritch
  190. Dr. G.Venkataswamy Eye Research Institute, Aravind Medical Research Foundation, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, India.

    • Periasamy Sundaresan
  191. Department of Biochemistry, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

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C.C.K., F.P., J.L.W., T.A. and M.O. jointly conceived the project. M.C.L., U.S.-S., M.Z., D.B., Y.F.C., X.Y.N., A.W.O.C., E.N.V., S.R.G., A.S.Y.C. and Y.C. conducted functional biological experiments. G.T., R.P.I., K.P.B., Z.L., G.P., S.S., J.N.C.B., S.U., Z.Y., L. Huang, J.N.F., R.Q.S., K.S.S., P. Kraft, I.J., A.G., M.A.P.-V., A.M.H., E.N.V., C.-Y.C. and J.L.H. conducted statistical analysis. S. Raychaudhuri provided critical input on statistical analysis. Z.X., S.Q.M., H.M.S., X.Y.C., S.Q.P. and K.K.H. conducted genotyping and sequencing experiments. T.A., M.O., T.M., A.H., S.E.W., Y.S.A., A.C.O., S. Nakano, K. Mori, A.P.C., K.H., S. Manabe, S. Kazama, T. Zarnowski, K.I., M. Irkec, M.C.-P., K. Sugiyama, P. Schlottmann, S.F.L., H.L., Y.N., M.B., K.H.P., S.C.C., K.Y., J.C.Z., J.B.J., R.S.K., S.A.P., N. Kalpana, R.G., L.V., T.D., D.P.E., L.d.J.M., M.P., S. Moghimi, R.I., D.B.-H., P. Kappelgaard, B. Wirostko, S.T., D.G., K.B., W.L.G., X.C., J.S., H.J., L.J., C.Q., H.Z., X.L., B.Z., Y.-X.W., L.X., S.L., P.R., G.C., S.T., G.M., N. Weisschuh, U.H., U.-C.W.-L., C.M., P. Founti, A. Chatzikyriakidou, T.P., E.A., A.L., R.S., N.P., V.S., R.V., C. Shivkumar, N. Kobakhidze, M.R.K., A.N.B., S.Y., A.I., H.N., N. Khatibi, A.F., C.L., L.D., T.R., P. Frezzotti, D.P., E.S., P. Manunta, Y.M., K. Miyata, T.H., E.C., S.I., A.Y., M.Y., Y.K., T.O., T. Sakurai, T. Sugimoto, H.C., M.A., M. Inatani, M.M., N.G., F.M., N.Y., Y.I., M.U., C. Sotozono, J.W.J., M.S., K.H.P., J.A., M.C.-A., S.M.E., A. Rafei, V.H.K.Y., M.I.K., O.O.O., A.O.A., I.U., A.O., N.K.-A., C.T., Y.S., W.S., S.O., N.J.U., I.A., H.A., F.A., E.K.-J., U.L., I.L., V.C., R.P.G., G.S.M., S. Roy, E.D., E. Silke, A. Rao, P. Sahay, P. Fornero, O.C., D.S., T. Zompa, R.A.M., E. Souzeau, P. Mitchell, J.J.W., A.W.H., M.C., J.G.C., S.Y.A., E.L.A., A.E., V.V., G.K., R.F., S.A.A.-O., O.O., L.A.A., B.C., R.H., S.-L.H., F.A.E.-D., R.G.-S., F.M.-T., A. Salas, K.P., L. Hansapinyo, B. Wanichwecharugruang, N.K., A. Sakuntabhai, H.X.N., G.T.T.N., T.V.N., W.Z., A.B., D.S.K., M.L.H., S.D., S. Herms, S. Heegaard, M.M.N., S. Moebus, R.M.R., A.Z., T.R.C., M.R., L.A., M.G., H.G.-I., P.P.R.-C., L.F.-V.C., C.O., N.T., E.A., B.B., D.A., B.K., M.R.W., A.L.C., Y.L., P.C., L. Herndon, R.W.K., J.K., K.C., C.J.C., A. Crandall, L.M.Z., T.Y.W., M.N., S. Kinoshita, A.I.d.H., E.V., J.H.F., R.K.L., A.J.S., B.J.S., N. Wang, D.C., R.Q., T. Kivela, A. Reis, F.E.K., R.N.W., L.R.P., F.J., R.R.A., R.R., T. Kubota, S. Micheal, F.T., J.E.C., K.A.-A., M.H., J.H.K., S. Nelson, D.M., P. Sundaresan, M.D. and K.T. were involved in sample collection, phenotyping and processing. U.T., G.T. and K. Stefansson supervised, conducted and provided analysis of deCODE data. The manuscript was written by C.C.K., with critical input from T.A., T.K., U.T., J.L.W., L.R.P. and F.P. All co-authors approved the manuscript for publication.

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The authors declare no competing financial interests.

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Correspondence to Tin Aung or Janey L Wiggs or Francesca Pasutto or Chiea Chuen Khor.

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    Supplementary Figures 1–23, Supplementary Tables 1–5, 8–13 and 15–17, and Supplementary Note.

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    Supplementary Table 6

    Genome-wide significant (P < 5 × 10−8) SNPs emerging from the LOXL1 deep sequencing effort after fixed-effects meta-analysis is performed.

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    Supplementary Table 7

    Details of all 63 amino acid substitutions (excluding the well-known rs3825942[G>A] for p.Gly153Asp and rs1048661[T>G] for p.Leu141Arg) that were detected from the deep resequencing of LOXL1 in 5,566 exfoliation syndrome cases and 6,279 controls from nine countries.

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    Supplementary Table 14

    LD regions around each of the seven genome-wide significant loci for exfoliation syndrome.

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    Supplementary Data 1

    Phased LOXL1 haplotypes from deep resequencing data.

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    Supplementary Data 3

    INRICH pathway analysis.

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    Summary statistics for the genome-wide association study.

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