Detection and impact of rare regulatory variants in human disease

Front Genet. 2013 May 31;4:67. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2013.00067. eCollection 2013.


Advances in genome sequencing are providing unprecedented resolution of rare and private variants. However, methods which assess the effect of these variants have relied predominantly on information within coding sequences. Assessing their impact in non-coding sequences remains a significant contemporary challenge. In this review, we highlight the role of regulatory variation as causative agents and modifiers of monogenic disorders. We further discuss how advances in functional genomics are now providing new opportunity to assess the impact of rare non-coding variants and their role in disease.

Keywords: Mendelian disorders; RNA-sequencing; allele-specific expression; eQTLs; genetics of gene expression; rare variant.