Reduced lung function predicts mortality and is key to the diagnosis of COPD. In a genome-wide association study in 400,102 individuals of European ancestry, we define 279 lung function signals, one-half of which are new. In combination these variants strongly predict COPD in deeply-phenotyped patient populations. Furthermore, the combined effect of these variants showed generalisability across smokers and never-smokers, and across ancestral groups. We highlight biological pathways, known and potential drug targets for COPD and, in phenome-wide association studies, autoimmune-related and other pleiotropic effects of lung function associated variants. This new genetic evidence has potential to improve future preventive and therapeutic strategies for COPD.
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
- Immunology and Microbiology(all)
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)