About the Authors

Kirstin Mittelstrass

Contributed equally to this work with: Kirstin Mittelstrass, Janina S. Ried, Zhonghao Yu

Affiliation Unit of Molecular Epidemiology, Helmholtz Center Munich, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany

Janina S. Ried

Contributed equally to this work with: Kirstin Mittelstrass, Janina S. Ried, Zhonghao Yu

Affiliation Institute of Genetic Epidemiology, Helmholtz Center Munich, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany

Zhonghao Yu

Contributed equally to this work with: Kirstin Mittelstrass, Janina S. Ried, Zhonghao Yu

Affiliation Unit of Molecular Epidemiology, Helmholtz Center Munich, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany

Jan Krumsiek

Affiliation Institute of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Helmholtz Center Munich, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany

Christian Gieger

Affiliation Institute of Genetic Epidemiology, Helmholtz Center Munich, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany

Cornelia Prehn

Affiliation Institute of Experimental Genetics, Genome Analysis Center, Helmholtz Center Munich, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany

Werner Roemisch-Margl

Affiliation Institute of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Helmholtz Center Munich, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany

Alexey Polonikov

Affiliation Department of Biology, Medical Genetics, and Ecology, Kursk State Medical University, Kursk, Russia

Annette Peters

Affiliation Institute of Epidemiology II, Helmholtz Center Munich, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany

Fabian J. Theis

Affiliation Institute of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Helmholtz Center Munich, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany

Thomas Meitinger

Affiliations Institute of Human Genetics, Helmholtz Center Munich, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany, Institute of Human Genetics, Klinikum Rechts der Isar, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany

Florian Kronenberg

Affiliation Division of Genetic Epidemiology, Department of Medical Genetics and Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology, Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck, Austria

Stephan Weidinger

Affiliation Department of Dermatology, Venereology, and Allergy, University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germay

Heinz Erich Wichmann

Affiliations Institute of Epidemiology I, Helmholtz Center Munich, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany, Institute of Medical Informatics, Biometry, and Epidemiology, Chair of Epidemiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany, Klinikum Grosshadern, Munich, Germany

Karsten Suhre

Affiliations Institute of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Helmholtz Center Munich, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany, Faculty of Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Planegg-Martinsried, Germany, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Qatar Foundation, Education City, Doha, Qatar

Rui Wang-Sattler

Affiliation Unit of Molecular Epidemiology, Helmholtz Center Munich, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany

Jerzy Adamski

illig@helmholtz-muenchen.de (TI);adamski@helmholtz-muenchen.de (JA)

These authors also contributed equally to this work.

Affiliations Institute of Experimental Genetics, Genome Analysis Center, Helmholtz Center Munich, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany, Lehrstuhl für Experimentelle Genetik, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany

Thomas Illig

illig@helmholtz-muenchen.de (TI);adamski@helmholtz-muenchen.de (JA)

These authors also contributed equally to this work.

Affiliation Unit of Molecular Epidemiology, Helmholtz Center Munich, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: T Illig, K Mittelstrass, JS Ried, J Adamski, R Wang-Sattler, J Krumsiek, FJ Theis, S Weidinger. Performed the experiments: R Wang-Sattler, J Adamski, T Illig, K Mittelstrass, J Krumsiek, JS Ried, Z Yu. Analyzed the data: K Mittelstrass, C Prehn, J Krumsiek, JS Ried, F Kronenberg, Z Yu. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: J Adamski, R Wang-Sattler, T Illig, T Meitinger, W Roemisch-Margl, C Gieger, K Suhre, HE Wichmann, A Polonikov, A Peters. Wrote the paper: K Mittelstrass, JS Ried, J Krumsiek.