Biological Insights Into Muscular Strength: Genetic Findings in the UK Biobank

In this study, a large genome-wide association study was carried out to discover genetic variation associated with muscular strength, and to evaluate shared genetic aetiology with and causal effects of muscular strength on several health indicators.

In a discovery analysis of 223,315 individuals, the team identified 101 loci associated with grip strength. Of these, 64 were associated also in the replication dataset (N = 111,610). eQTL analyses highlighted several genes known to play a role in neuro-developmental disorders or brain function, and the results from meta-analysis showed a significant enrichment of gene expression of brain-related transcripts. In conclusion, results showed shared genetic aetiology between grip strength, and cardiometabolic and cognitive health; and suggest that maintaining muscular strength could prevent future cardiovascular events.

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