Genome-wide association meta-analyses combining multiple risk phenotypes provide insights into the genetic architecture of cutaneous melanoma susceptibility

GenoMEL Consortium, Q-MEGA and QTWIN Investigators, ATHENS Melanoma Study Group, 23andMe, The SDH Study Group, IBD Investigators, Essen-Heidelberg Investigators, AMFS Investigators, MelaNostrum Consortium, Maria Teresa Landi (Lead / Corresponding author), D. Timothy Bishop, Stuart MacGregor, Mitchell J. Machiela, Alexander J. Stratigos, Paola Ghiorzo, Myriam Brossard, Donato Calista, Jiyeon Choi, Maria Concetta Fargnoli, Tongwu ZhangMonica Rodolfo, Adam J. Trower, Chiara Menin, Jacobo Martinez, Andreas Hadjisavvas, Lei Song, Irene Stefanaki, Richard Scolyer, Rose Yang, Alisa M. Goldstein, Miriam Potrony, Katerina P. Kypreou, Lorenza Pastorino, Paola Queirolo, Cristina Pellegrini, Laura Cattaneo, Matthew Zawistowski, Pol Gimenez-Xavier, Arantxa Rodriguez, Lisa Elefanti, Siranoush Manoukian, Licia Rivoltini, Blair H. Smith, Maria A. Loizidou, Laura Del Regno, Daniela Massi, Mario Mandala, Kiarash Khosrotehrani, Lars A. Akslen, Christopher I. Amos, Per A. Andresen, Marie-Françoise Avril, Esther Azizi, H. Peter Soyer, Veronique Bataille, Bruna Dalmasso, Lisa M. Bowdler, Kathryn P. Burdon, Wei V. Chen, Veryan Codd, Jamie E. Craig, Jessica Harris, Jianxin Shi, Mark M. Iles (Lead / Corresponding author), Matthew H. Law (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Most genetic susceptibility to cutaneous melanoma remains to be discovered. Meta-analysis genome-wide association study (GWAS) of 36,760 cases of melanoma (67% newly genotyped) and 375,188 controls identified 54 significant (P < 5 × 10 −8) loci with 68 independent single nucleotide polymorphisms. Analysis of risk estimates across geographical regions and host factors suggests the acral melanoma subtype is uniquely unrelated to pigmentation. Combining this meta-analysis with GWAS of nevus count and hair color, and transcriptome association approaches, uncovered 31 potential secondary loci for a total of 85 cutaneous melanoma susceptibility loci. These findings provide insights into cutaneous melanoma genetic architecture, reinforcing the importance of nevogenesis, pigmentation and telomere maintenance, together with identifying potential new pathways for cutaneous melanoma pathogenesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)494-504
Number of pages11
JournalNature Genetics
Issue number5
Early online date27 Apr 2020
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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