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Growth mixture modeling as an exploratory analysis tool in longitudinal quantitative trait loci analysis

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Author(s): Chang Su-Wei | Choi Seung | Li Ke | Fleur Rose | Huang Chengrui | Shen Tong | Ahn Kwangmi | Gordon Derek | Kim Wonkuk | Wu Rongling | Mendell Nancy R | Finch Stephen J

Journal: BMC Proceedings
ISSN 1753-6561

Volume: 3;
Issue: Suppl 7;
Start page: S112;
Date: 2009;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Abstract We examined the properties of growth mixture modeling in finding longitudinal quantitative trait loci in a genome-wide association study. Two software packages are commonly used in these analyses: Mplus and the SAS TRAJ procedure. We analyzed the 200 replicates of the simulated data with these programs using three tests: the likelihood-ratio test statistic, a direct test of genetic model coefficients, and the chi-square test classifying subjects based on the trajectory model's posterior Bayesian probability. The Mplus program was not effective in this application due to its computational demands. The distributions of these tests applied to genes not related to the trait were sensitive to departures from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. The likelihood-ratio test statistic was not usable in this application because its distribution was far from the expected asymptotic distributions when applied to markers with no genetic relation to the quantitative trait. The other two tests were satisfactory. Power was still substantial when we used markers near the gene rather than the gene itself. That is, growth mixture modeling may be useful in genome-wide association studies. For markers near the actual gene, there was somewhat greater power for the direct test of the coefficients and lesser power for the posterior Bayesian probability chi-square test.

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