June 19, 2024

Groundbreaking Genome Study of Migraine Reveals New Genetic Risk Factors

In the largest genome study of migraine yet, researchers have more than tripled the variety of known hereditary risk factors for migraine. Amongst the determined 123 genetic regions are 2 that contain target genes of just recently established migraine-specific drugs.
The research study involved leading migraine research groups in Europe, Australia and the United States working together to pool genetic information from more than 873,000 study participants, 102,000 of whom had migraine.
The new findings, published on February 3, 2022 in the journal Nature Genetics, likewise revealed more of the genetic architecture of migraine subtypes than was previously understood.
Neurovascular systems underlie migraine pathophysiology
Migraine is a really common brain condition with over a billion clients worldwide. The precise reason for migraine is unknown, however it is thought to be a neurovascular disorder with disease mechanisms both within the blood and the brain vessels of the head.
Previous research has revealed that genetic aspects contribute significantly to the migraine danger. It has long been debated whether the two primary migraine types– migraine with aura and migraine without aura– share similar hereditary background.
To get more insight into the specific threat genes, researchers from the International Headache Genetics Consortium put together a large genetic dataset to conduct a genome-wide association study (GWAS), trying to find hereditary variations that were more common in those who had migraine in general, or one of the 2 main migraine types.
The outcomes demonstrated that migraine subtypes have both shared danger aspects and threat aspects that appear specific to one subtype. The analyses highlighted 3 risk variants that appear specific to migraine with aura and two that appear specific to migraine without aura.
” In addition to implicating 10s of brand-new areas of the genome for more targeted investigation, our study offers the first meaningful chance to examine distinct and shared genetic components in the two main migraine subtypes”, stated the first author of the study, Heidi Hautakangas from the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, University of Helsinki.
Furthermore, the outcomes supported the concept that migraine is brought about by both vascular and neuronal hereditary aspects, reinforcing the view that migraine truly is a neurovascular disorder.
Possible to point to brand-new therapies versus migraine
As migraine is globally the second largest contributor to years lived with special needs, there is plainly a large requirement for new treatments.
A particularly intriguing finding was the identification of genomic risk areas consisting of genes that encode targets for recently developed migraine-specific therapies.
One of the freshly determined areas includes genes (CALCA/CALCB) encoding calcitonin gene-related peptide, a particle involved in migraine attacks and obstructed by the recently introduced CGRP inhibitor migraine medications. Another danger area covers the HTR1F gene encoding serotonin 1F receptor, likewise a target for brand-new migraine-specific medications.
Dr. Matti Pirinen, a group leader from the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, University of Helsinki, who led the study, commented: “These two new associations near genes that are already targeted by effective migraine drugs recommend that there might be other possible drug targets among the new genomic areas, and supply a clear rationale for future hereditary research studies with even bigger sample sizes.”
Reference: “Genome-wide analysis of 102,084 migraine cases determines 123 risk loci and subtype-specific threat alleles” by Heidi Hautakangas, Bendik S. Winsvold, Sanni E. Ruotsalainen, Gyda Bjornsdottir, Aster V. E. Harder, Lisette J. A. Kogelman, Laurent F. Thomas, Raymond Noordam, Christian Benner, Padhraig Gormley, Ville Artto, Karina Banasik, Anna Bjornsdottir, Dorret I. Boomsma, Ben M. Brumpton, Kristoffer Sølvsten Burgdorf, Julie E. Buring, Mona Ameri Chalmer, Irene de Boer, Martin Dichgans, Christian Erikstrup, Markus Färkkilä, Maiken Elvestad Garbrielsen, Mohsen Ghanbari, Knut Hagen, Paavo Häppölä, Jouke-Jan Hottenga, Maria G. Hrafnsdottir, Kristian Hveem, Marianne Bakke Johnsen, Mika Kähönen, Espen S. Kristoffersen, Tobias Kurth, Terho Lehtimäki, Lannie Lighart, Sigurdur H. Magnusson, Rainer Malik, Ole Birger Pedersen, Nadine Pelzer, Brenda W. J. H. Penninx, Caroline Ran, Paul M. Ridker, Frits R. Rosendaal, Gudrun R. Sigurdardottir, Anne Heidi Skogholt, Olafur A. Sveinsson, Thorgeir E. Thorgeirsson, Henrik Ullum, Lisanne S. Vijfhuizen, Elisabeth Widén, Ko Willems van Dijk, International Headache Genetics Consortium, HUNT All-in Headache, Danish Blood Donor Study Genomic Cohort, Arpo Aromaa, Andrea Carmine Belin, Tobias Freilinger, M. Arfan Ikram, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Olli T. Raitakari, Gisela M. Terwindt, Mikko Kallela, Maija Wessman, Jes Olesen, Daniel I. Chasman, Dale R. Nyholt, Hreinn Stefánsson, Kari Stefansson, Arn M. J. M. van den Maagdenberg, Thomas Folkmann Hansen, Samuli Ripatti, John-Anker Zwart, Aarno Palotie and Matti Pirinen, 3 February 2022, Nature Genetics.DOI: 10.1038/ s41588-021-00990-0.
The research study was a joint effort in between research groups from Australia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UK and USA.

A global consortium of leading migraine researchers recognized more than 120 areas of the genome that are connected to risk of migraine.
The groundbreaking study helps scientists much better comprehend the biological basis of migraine and its subtypes and might accelerate the look for new treatment of the condition, which affects over a billion individuals wordwide.