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Tooth development is a highly heritable process which relates to other growth and developmental processes, and which interacts with the development of the entire craniofacial complex. Abnormalities of tooth development are common, with tooth agenesis being the most common developmental anomaly in humans. We performed a genome-wide association study of time to first tooth eruption and number of teeth at one year in 4,564 individuals from the 1966 Northern Finland Birth Cohort (NFBC1966) and 1,518 individuals from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). We identified 5 loci at P<5x10(-8), and 5 with suggestive association (P<5x10(-6)). The loci included several genes with links to tooth and other organ development (KCNJ2, EDA, HOXB2, RAD51L1, IGF2BP1, HMGA2, MSRB3). Genes at four of the identified loci are implicated in the development of cancer. A variant within the HOXB gene cluster associated with occlusion defects requiring orthodontic treatment by age 31 years.

Original publication

DOI

10.1371/journal.pgen.1000856

Type

Journal article

Journal

PLoS Genet

Publication Date

26/02/2010

Volume

6

Keywords

Alleles, England, Female, Finland, Genetic Loci, Genome-Wide Association Study, Genotype, Humans, Infant, Linkage Disequilibrium, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Meta-Analysis as Topic, Parturition, Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide, Tooth Eruption, Tooth, Deciduous