Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a common lymphoid malignancy with strong heritability. To further understand the genetic susceptibility for CLL and identify common loci associated with risk, we conducted a meta-analysis of four genome-wide association studies (GWAS) composed of 3,100 cases and 7,667 controls with follow-up replication in 1,958 cases and 5,530 controls. Here we report three new loci at 3p24.1 (rs9880772, EOMES, P=2.55 x 10(-11)), 6p25.2 (rs73718779, SERPINB6, P=1.97 x 10(-8)) and 3q28 (rs9815073, LPP, P=3.62 x 10(-8)), as well as a new independent SNP at the known 2q13 locus (rs9308731, BCL2L11, P=1.00 x 10(-11)) in the combined analysis. We find suggestive evidence (P〈5 x 10(-7)) for two additional new loci at 4q24 (rs10028805, BANK1, P=7.19 x 10(-8)) and 3p22.2 (rs1274963, CSRNP1, P=2.12 x 10(-7)). Pathway analyses of new and known CLL loci consistently show a strong role for apoptosis, providing further evidence for the importance of this biological pathway in CLL susceptibility.
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