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Professor Tony Merriman

PositionResearch Professor
DepartmentDepartment of Biochemistry
QualificationsBSc(Hons) PhD(Otago)
Research summaryGenetic basis of gout and rheumatoid arthritis

Research

Our research group takes a genetic approach to understanding the biology of human disease. Currently we have four primary research projects:

  1. Gout – the genetic causes and how these genes interact with the environment
  2. Genetics of autoimmune disease (mainly gout and rheumatoid arthritis)
  3. A genetic relationship between rheumatoid arthritis and schizophrenia
  4. Copy number variable genes and disease

Publications

Zaidi, F., Narang, R. K., Phipps-Green, A., Gamble, G. G., Tausche, A.-K., So, A., … Stamp, L. K., Merriman, T. R., & Dalbeth, N. (2020). Systematic genetic analysis of early-onset gout: ABCG2 is the only associated locus. Rheumatology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kez685

Boocock, J., Leask, M., Okada, Y., Asian Genetic Epidemiology Network (AGEN) Consortium, Matsuo, H., Shi, Y., … Cadzow, M., Gosling, A. L., Flynn, T. J., Horsfield, J. A., … Merriman, T. R. (2020). Genomic dissection of 43 serum urate-associated loci provides multiple insights into molecular mechanisms of urate control. Human Molecular Genetics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddaa013

Tai, V., Narang, R. K., Gamble, G., Cadzow, M., Stamp, L. K., Merriman, T. R., & Dalbeth, N. (2020). Do serum urate-associated genetic variants differentially contribute to gout risk according to body mass index? Analysis of the UK Biobank. Arthritis & Rheumatology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/art.41219

Winbo, A., Earle, N., Marcondes, L., Crawford, J., Prosser, D. O., Love, D. R., Merriman, T. R., Cadzow, M., … Skinner, J. R. (2020). Genetic testing in Polynesian Long QT Syndrome probands reveals a lower diagnostic yield and an increased prevalence of rare variants. Heart Rhythm. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.hrthm.2020.03.015

Narang, R. K., Gamble, G., Phipps-Green, A. J., Topless, R., Cadzow, M., Stamp, L. K., Merriman, T. R., & Dalbeth, N. (2020). Do serum urate-associated genetic variants influence gout risk in people on diuretics? Analysis of the UK Biobank. Journal of Rheumatology. Advance online publication.

Chapter in Book - Research

Merriman, T. R., & Flynn, T. J. (2013). Molecular genetics of hyperuricaemia and gout. In eLS. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0025153

Merriman, T. R., & McKinney, C. (2013). An update on the genetic causes of hyperuricemia and gout. In N. Dalbeth, F. Perez-Ruiz & N. Schlesinger (Eds.), Gout. (pp. 54-69). London, UK: Future Medicine. doi: 10.2217/ebo.12.256

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Journal - Research Article

Zaidi, F., Narang, R. K., Phipps-Green, A., Gamble, G. G., Tausche, A.-K., So, A., … Stamp, L. K., Merriman, T. R., & Dalbeth, N. (2020). Systematic genetic analysis of early-onset gout: ABCG2 is the only associated locus. Rheumatology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kez685

Narang, R. K., Gamble, G., Phipps-Green, A. J., Topless, R., Cadzow, M., Stamp, L. K., Merriman, T. R., & Dalbeth, N. (2020). Do serum urate-associated genetic variants influence gout risk in people on diuretics? Analysis of the UK Biobank. Journal of Rheumatology. Advance online publication.

Winbo, A., Earle, N., Marcondes, L., Crawford, J., Prosser, D. O., Love, D. R., Merriman, T. R., Cadzow, M., … Skinner, J. R. (2020). Genetic testing in Polynesian Long QT Syndrome probands reveals a lower diagnostic yield and an increased prevalence of rare variants. Heart Rhythm. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.hrthm.2020.03.015

Tai, V., Narang, R. K., Gamble, G., Cadzow, M., Stamp, L. K., Merriman, T. R., & Dalbeth, N. (2020). Do serum urate-associated genetic variants differentially contribute to gout risk according to body mass index? Analysis of the UK Biobank. Arthritis & Rheumatology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/art.41219

Boocock, J., Leask, M., Okada, Y., Asian Genetic Epidemiology Network (AGEN) Consortium, Matsuo, H., Shi, Y., … Cadzow, M., Gosling, A. L., Flynn, T. J., Horsfield, J. A., … Merriman, T. R. (2020). Genomic dissection of 43 serum urate-associated loci provides multiple insights into molecular mechanisms of urate control. Human Molecular Genetics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddaa013

Wang, Z., Zhao, Y., Phipps-Green, A., Liu-Bryan, R., Ceponis, A., Boyle, D. L., … Merriman, T. R., … Terkeltaub, R. (2019). Differential DNA methylation of networked signaling, transcriptional, innate and adaptive immunity, and osteoclastogenesis genes and pathways in gout. Arthritis & Rheumatology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/art.41173

Lu, J., Dalbeth, N., Yin, H., Li, C., Merriman, T. R., & Wei, W.-H. (2019). Mouse models for human hyperuricaemia: A critical review. Nature Reviews Rheumatology, 15, 413-426. doi: 10.1038/s41584-019-0222-x

Jordan, D. M., Choi, H. K., Verbanck, M., Topless, R., Won, H.-H., Nadkarni, G., Merriman, T. R., & Do, R. (2019). No causal effects of serum urate levels on the risk of chronic kidney disease: A Mendelian randomization study. PLoS Medicine, 16(1), e1002725. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002725

Morgan, B. M., Brown, A. N., Deo, N., Harrop, T. W. R., Taiaroa, G., Mace, P. D., Wilbanks, S. M., Merriman, T. R., Williams, M. J. A., & McCormick, S. P. A. (2019). Nonsynonymous SNPs in LPA homologous to plasminogen deficiency mutants represent novel null apo(a) alleles. Journal of Lipid Research, jlr.M094540. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1194/jlr.M094540

Kawamura, Y., Nakaoka, H., Nakayama, A., Okada, Y., Yamamoto, K., Higashino, T., … Merriman, T. R., … Matsuo, H. (2019). Genome-wide association study revealed novel loci which aggravate asymptomatic hyperuricaemia into gout. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2019-215521

Lu, J., Sun, M.-S., Wu, X.-J., Yuan, X., Liu, Z., Qu, X.-J., … Merriman, T. R., & Li, C.-G. (2019). Urate-lowering therapy alleviates atherosclerosis inflammatory response factors and neointimal lesions in a mouse model of induced carotid atherosclerosis. FEBS Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/febs.14768

Clark, D. W., Okada, Y., Moore, K. H. S., Mason, D., Pirastu, N., Gandin, I., … Bixley, M. J., … Merriman, T. R., … Wilson, J. F. (2019). Associations of autozygosity with a broad range of human phenotypes. Nature Communications, 10, 4957. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-12283-6

Vazirpanah, N., Ottria, A., van der Linden, M., Wichers, C. G. K., Schuiveling, M., van Lochem, E., Phipps-Green, A., Merriman, T., … Broen, J. C. A. (2019). mTOR inhibition by metformin impacts monosodium urate crystal-induced inflammation and cell death in gout: A prelude to a new add-on therapy? Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2018-214656

Leask, M., Dowdle, A., Salvesen, H., Topless, R., Fadason, T., Wei, W., … Marsman, J., Antony, J., … Merriman, T. R., & Horsfield, J. A. (2019). Functional urate-associated genetic variants influence expression of lincRNAs LINC01229 and MAFTRR. Frontiers in Genetics, 9, 733. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2018.00733

Metcalfe, L. K., Krishnan, M., Turner, N., Yaghootkar, H., Merry, T. L., Dewes, O., … Stamp, L. K., Merriman, T. R., … Murphy, R. (2019). The Māori and Pacific specific CREBRF variant and adult height. International Journal of Obesity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/s41366-019-0437-6

Stamp, L. K., Chapman, P. T., Barclay, M., Horne, A., Frampton, C., Merriman, T. R., Wright, D. F. B., … Dalbeth, N. (2019). Relationships between allopurinol dose, oxypurinol concentration and urate-lowering response: In search of a minimum effective oxypurinol concentration. Clinical & Translational Science. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/cts.12686

Ton, K. N., Cree, S. L., Gronert-Sum, S. J., Merriman, T. R., Stamp, L. K., & Kennedy, M. A. (2018). Multiplexed nanopore sequencing of HLA-B locus in Māori and Pacific Island samples. Frontiers in Genetics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2018.00152

Pirro, M., Bianconi, V., Schiaroli, E., Francisci, D., Mannarino, M. R., Bagaglia, F., … Merriman, T., & Baldelli, F. (2018). Elevated serum uric acid levels are associated with endothelial dysfunction in HIV patients receiving highly-active antiretroviral therapy. Atherosclerosis, 272, 101-107. doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2018.03.031

Wan Taib, W. R., Adanan, M., Yunus, N. M., Lin, T. H., Ghazali, W. S. W., Phipps-Green, A. J., & Merriman, T. R. (2018). Association of solute carrier family 2, member 9 (SLC2A9) genetic variant rs3733591 with gout in a Malay sample set. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 73(5), 307-310.

Conner, T. S., McFarlane, K. G., Choukri, M., Riordan, B. C., Flett, J. A. M., Phipps-Green, A. J., Topless, R. K., Merriman, M. E., & Merriman, T. R. (2018). The oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) variant rs53576 is not related to emotional traits or states in young adults [Brief research report]. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2548. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02548

Lacey, C. J., Doudney, K., Bridgman, P. G., George, P. M., Mulder, R. T., Zarifeh, J. J., Kimber, B., Cadzow, M. J., Black, M. A., Merriman, T. R., … Pearson, J. F., Cameron, V. A., & Kennedy, M. A. (2018). Copy number variants implicate cardiac function and development pathways in earthquake-induced stress cardiomyopathy. Scientific Reports, 8, 7548. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-25827-5

Manning, P. J., Grattan, D., Merriman, T., Manning, T., Williams, S., & Sutherland, W. (2018). Pharmaceutical interventions for weight-loss maintenance: No effect from cabergoline. International Journal of Obesity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/s41366-018-0165-3

Sew Hoy, W., Antoun, J., Lin, W., Chandler, N., Merriman, T., & Farella, M. (2018). Ecological momentary assessment of pain in adolescents undergoing orthodontic treatment using a smartphone app. Seminars in Orthodontics, 24(2), 209-216. doi: 10.1053/j.sodo.2018.04.002

Gosling, A. L., Boocock, J., Dalbeth, N., Harré Hindmarsh, J., Stamp, L. K., Stahl, E. A., … Matisoo-Smith, E. A., & Merriman, T. R. (2018). Mitochondrial genetic variation and gout in Māori and Pacific people living in Aotearoa New Zealand. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 77(4), 571-578. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2017-212416

Wright, D. F. B., Dalbeth, N., Phipps-Green, A. J., Merriman, T. R., Barclay, M. L., Drake, J., … Stamp, L. K. (2018). The impact of diuretic use and ABCG2 genotype on the predictive performance of a published allopurinol dosing tool. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 84(5), 937-943. doi: 10.1111/bcp.13516

Roberts, R. L., Wallace, M. C., Harrison, A. A., White, D., Dalbeth, N., Stamp, L. K., … Highton, J., Merriman, T. R., … Stebbings, S. M. (2018). Association of Crohn's disease-related chromosome 1q32 with ankylosing spondylitis is independent of bowel symptoms and faecal calprotectin. PeerJ, 6, e5088. doi: 10.7717/peerj.5088

Fatima, T., McKinney, C., Major, T. J., Stamp, L. K., Dalbeth, N., Iverson, C., Merriman, T. R., & Miner, J. N. (2018). The relationship between ferritin and urate levels and risk of gout. Arthritis Research & Therapy, 20, 179. doi: 10.1186/s13075-018-1668-y

Krishnan, M., Major, T. J., Topless, R. K., Dewes, O., Yu, L., Thompson, J. M. D., … Stamp, L. K., … Wilcox, P., Grattan, D., … Merriman, T. R. (2018). Discordant association of the CREBRF rs373863828 A allele with increased BMI and protection from type 2 diabetes in Māori and Pacific (Polynesian) people living in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Diabetologia, 61(7), 1603-1613. doi: 10.1007/s00125-018-4623-1

Ketharnathan, S., Leask, M., Boocock, J., Phipps-Green, A. J., Antony, J., O'Sullivan, J. M., Merriman, T. R., & Horsfield, J. A. (2018). A non-coding genetic variant maximally associated with serum urate levels is functionally linked to HNF4A-dependent PDZK1 expression. Human Molecular Genetics, 27(22), 3964-3973. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddy295

Fanning, N., Merriman, T. R., Dalbeth, N., & Stamp, L. K. (2018). An association of smoking with serum urate and gout: A health paradox. Seminars in Arthritis & Rheumatism, 47(6), 825-842. doi: 10.1016/j.semarthrit.2017.11.004

Sun, M., Vazquez, A. I., Reynolds, R. J., Singh, J. A., Reeves, M., Merriman, T. R., … de los Campos, G. (2018). Untangling the complex relationships between incident gout risk, serum urate, and its comorbidities. Arthritis Research & Therapy, 20(1), 90. doi: 10.1186/s13075-018-1558-3

Major, T. J., Topless, R. K., Dalbeth, N., & Merriman, T. R. (2018). Evaluation of the diet wide contribution to serum urate levels: Meta-analysis of population based cohorts. BMJ, 363, k3951. doi: 10.1136/bmj.k3951

Murphy, R., Gamble, G. D., House, M., Pool, B., Horne, A., Merriman, T. R., & Dalbeth, N. (2018). Greater insulin response to acute fructose ingestion among Māori and Pacific people compared to European people living in Aotearoa New Zealand. Internal Medicine Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/imj.14135

Tanner, C., Boocock, J., Stahl, E. A., Dobbyn, A., Mandal, A. K., Cadzow, M., Phipps-Green, A. J., Topless, R. K., … Stamp, L. K., … Merriman, T. R. (2017). Population specific resequencing associates the ATP binding cassette subfamily C member 4 (ABCC4) gene with gout in New Zealand Māori and Pacific men. Arthritis & Rheumatology, 69(7), 1461-1469. doi: 10.1002/art.40110

Antoun, J. S., Thomson, W. M., Merriman, T. R., Rongo, R., & Farella, M. (2017). Impact of skeletal divergence on oral health-related quality of life and self-reported jaw function. Korean Journal of Orthodontics, 47(3), 186-194. doi: 10.4041/kjod.2017.47.3.186

Morton, S. E., O'Hare, K. J. M., Maha, J. L. K., Nicolson, M. P., Machado, L., Topless, R., Merriman, T. R., & Linscott, R. J. (2017). Testing the validity of taxonic schizotypy using genetic and environmental risk variables. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 43(3), 633-643. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbw108

Merriman, T. (2017). Genomic Influences on hyperuricemia and gout. Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America, 43(3), 389-399. doi: 10.1016/j.rdc.2017.04.004

Rasheed, H., Stamp, L. K., Dalbeth, N., & Merriman, T. R. (2017). Interaction of the GCKR and A1CF loci with alcohol consumption to influence the risk of gout. Arthritis Research & Therapy, 19, 161. doi: 10.1186/s13075-017-1369-y

Dalbeth, N., Allan, J., Gamble, G. D., Phipps-Green, A., Flynn, T. J., Mihov, B., … Stamp, L. K., & Merriman, T. R. (2017). Influence of genetic variants on renal uric acid handling in response to frusemide: An acute intervention study. RMD Open, 3(1), e000424. doi: 10.1136/rmdopen-2016-000424

Cleophas, M. C., Joosten, L. A., Stamp, L. K., Dalbeth, N., Woodward, O. M., & Merriman, T. R. (2017). ABCG2 polymorphisms in gout: Insights into disease susceptibility and treatment approaches. Pharmacogenomics & Personalized Medicine, 10, 129-142. doi: 10.2147/pgpm.s105854

Al-Ani, A. H., Antoun, J. S., Thomson, W. M., Merriman, T. R., & Farella, M. (2017). Maternal smoking during pregnancy is associated with offspring hypodontia. Journal of Dental Research, 96(9), 1014-1019. doi: 10.1177/0022034517711156

Jones, G. T., Tromp, G., Kuivaniemi, H., Gretarsdottir, S., Baas, A. F., Giusti, B., … Phillips, L. V., Williams, M. J. A., Wei, W., … Thomson, I. A., Krysa, J., Hill, G. B., Roake, J., Merriman, T. R., … van Rij, A., … Bown, M. J. (2017). Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies for abdominal aortic aneurysm identifies four new disease-specific risk loci. Circulation Research, 120, 341-353. doi: 10.1161/circresaha.116.308765

Stiburkova, B., Pavelcova, K., Zavada, J., Petru, L., Simek, P., Cepek, P., … Merriman, T. R., & Pavelka, K. (2017). Functional non-synonymous variants of ABCG2 and gout risk. Rheumatology, 56(11), 1982-1992. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kex295

Cadzow, M., Merriman, T. R., & Dalbeth, N. (2017). Performance of gout definitions for genetic epidemiological studies: Analysis of UK Biobank. Arthritis Research & Therapy, 19(1), 181. doi: 10.1186/s13075-017-1390-1

He, W., Phipps-Green, A., Stamp, L. K., Merriman, T. R., & Dalbeth, N. (2017). Population-specific association between ABCG2 variants and tophaceous disease in people with gout. Arthritis Research & Therapy, 19(1), 43. doi: 10.1186/s13075-017-1254-8

Antoun, J. S., Thomson, W. M., Merriman, T. R., & Farella, M. (2017). Self-reported oral behaviour habits in hyperdivergent and normodivergent facial types. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, 44(1), 16-21. doi: 10.1111/joor.12452

Wei, W.-H., Viatte, S., Merriman, T. R., Barton, A., & Worthington, J. (2017). Genotypic variability based association identifies novel non-additive loci DHCR7 and IRF4 in sero-negative rheumatoid arthritis. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 5261. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-05447-1

Vazirpanah, N., Kienhorst, L. B. E., Van Lochem, E., Wichers, C., Rossato, M., Shiels, P. G., … Stamp, L. K., Merriman, T. R., … Broen, J. C. A. (2017). Patients with gout have short telomeres compared with healthy participants: Association of telomere length with flare frequency and cardiovascular disease in gout. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 76(7), 1309-1315. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2016-210538

Nakayama, A., Nakaoka, H., Yamamoto, K., Sakiyama, M., Shaukat, A., Toyoda, Y., … Stamp, L. K., … Merriman, T. R., & Matsuo, H. (2017). GWAS of clinically defined gout and subtypes identifies multiple susceptibility loci that include urate transporter genes. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 76(5), 869-877. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2016-209632

De Smit, E., Clarke, L., Sanfilippo, P. G., Merriman, T. R., Brown, M. A., Hill, C. L., … Giant Cell Arteritis Pathology Network. (2017). Geo-epidemiology of temporal artery biopsy-positive giant cell arteritis in Australia and New Zealand: Is there a seasonal influence? RMD Open, 3(2), e000531. doi: 10.1136/rmdopen-2017-000531

Todd, A. S., Walker, R. J., MacGinley, R. J., Kelly, J., Merriman, T. R., Major, T. J., & Johnson, R. J. (2017). Dietary sodium modifies serum uric acid concentrations in humans. American Journal of Hypertension, 30(12), 1196-1202. doi: 10.1093/ajh/hpx123

Higashino, T., Takada, T., Nakaoka, H., Toyoda, Y., Stiburkova, B., Miyata, H., … Merriman, T. R., … Matsuo, H. (2017). Multiple common and rare variants of ABCG2 cause gout. RMD Open, 3(2), e000464. doi: 10.1136/rmdopen-2017-000464

Pirro, M., Mannarino, M. R., Bianconi, V., De Vuono, S., Sahebkar, A., Bagaglia, F., … Merriman, T. (2017). Uric acid and bone mineral density in postmenopausal osteoporotic women: The link lies within the fat. Osteoporosis International, 28(3), 973-981. doi: 10.1007/s00198-016-3792-3

Roberts, R. L., Wallace, M. C., Phipps-Green, A. J., Topless, R., Drake, J. M., Tan, P., … Merriman, T. R., & Stamp, L. K. (2017). ABCG2 loss-of-function polymorphism predicts poor response to allopurinol in patients with gout. Pharmacogenomics Journal, 17, 201-203. doi: 10.1038/tpj.2015.101

van 't Hof, F. N. G., Ruigrok, Y. M., Lee, C. H., Ripke, S., Anderson, G., de Andrade, M., … Jones, G. T., … van Rij, A. M., … Vascular Research Consortium of New Zealand, including Phillips, L. V., Hill, G. B., Williams, M. J. A., Thomson, I. A., Krysa, J., Wilkins, G. T., Merriman, T. R., Lewis, D. R., … de Bakker, P. I. W. (2016). Shared genetic risk factors of intracranial, abdominal, and thoracic aneurysms. Journal of the American Heart Association, 5(7), e002603. doi: 10.1161/jaha.115.002603

Dalbeth, N., Merriman, T. R., & Stamp, L. K. (2016). Gout. Lancet, 388(10055), 2039-2052. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(16)00346-9

Rasheed, H., McKinney, C., Stamp, L. K., Dalbeth, N., Topless, R. K., Day, R., … Merriman, T. R. (2016). The toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) variant rs2149356 and risk of gout in European and Polynesian sample sets. PLoS ONE, 11(1), e0147939. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0147939

Wright, D. F. B., Duffull, S. B., Merriman, T. R., Dalbeth, N., Barclay, M. L., & Stamp, L. K. (2016). Predicting allopurinol response in patients with gout. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 81(2), 277-289. doi: 10.1111/bcp.12799

Rasheed, H., Phipps-Green, A. J., Topless, R., Smith, M. D., Hill, C., Lester, S., … van Rij, A., Jones, G. T., McCormick, S. P., Harrison, A. A., Stamp, L. K., … Merriman, T. R. (2016). Replication of association of the apolipoprotein A1-C3-A4 gene cluster with the risk of gout. Rheumatology, 55(8), 1421-1430. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kew057

Phipps-Green, A. J., Merriman, M. E., Topless, R., Altaf, S., Montgomery, G. W., Franklin, C., Jones, G. T., van Rij, A. M., … Stamp, L. K., … Merriman, T. R. (2016). Twenty-eight loci that influence serum urate levels: Analysis of association with gout. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 75, 124-130. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-205877

Fatima, T., Altaf, S., Phipps-Green, A., Topless, R., Flynn, T. J., Stamp, L. K., … Merriman, T. R. (2016). Association analysis of the beta-3 adrenergic receptor Trp64Arg (rs4994) polymorphism with urate and gout. Rheumatology International, 36(2), 255-261. doi: 10.1007/s00296-015-3370-6

Nguyen, H. T., Boocock, J., Merriman, T. R., & Black, M. A. (2016). SRBreak: A read-depth and split-read framework to identify breakpoints of different events inside simple copy-number variable regions. Frontiers in Genetics, 7, 160. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2016.00160

Azevedo, P. M., Merriman, T. R., Topless, R. K., Wilson, N. J., Crengle, S., & Lennon, D. R. (2016). Association study involving polymorphisms in IL-6, IL-1RA, and CTLA4 genes and rheumatic heart disease in New Zealand population of Māori and Pacific ancestry. Cytokine, 85, 201-206. doi: 10.1016/j.cyto.2016.06.029

Robinson, P. C., Choi, H. K., Do, R., & Merriman, T. R. (2016). Insight into rheumatological cause and effect through the use of Mendelian randomization. Nature Reviews Rheumatology, 12, 486-496. doi: 10.1038/nrrheum.2016.102

Kannangara, D. R. W., Phipps-Green, A. J., Dalbeth, N., Stamp, L. K., Williams, K. M., Graham, G. G., … Merriman, T. R. (2016). Hyperuricaemia: Contributions of urate transporter ABCG2 and the fractional renal clearance of urate. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 75, 1363-1366. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2015-208111

Cadzow, M., Merriman, T. R., Boocock, J., Dalbeth, N., Stamp, L. K., Black, M. A., … Wilcox, P. L. (2016). Lack of direct evidence for natural selection at the candidate thrifty gene locus, PPARGC1A. BMC Medical Genetics, 17, 80. doi: 10.1186/s12881-016-0341-z

Mitnala, S., Phipps-Green, A., Franklin, C., Horne, A., Stamp, L. K., Merriman, T. R., & Dalbeth, N. (2016). Clinical and genetic features of diuretic-associated gout: A case-control study. Rheumatology, 55(7), 1172-1176. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kew018

Gosling, A. L., Buckley, H. R., Matisoo-Smith, E., & Merriman, T. R. (2015). Pacific populations, metabolic disease and 'just-so stories': A critique of the 'Thrifty Genotype' hypothesis in Oceania. Annals of Human Genetics, 79(6), 470-480. doi: 10.1111/ahg.12132

Roberts, R. L., Wallace, M. C., Harrison, A., Dalbeth, N., Merriman, T. R., & Stamp, L. K. (2015). A human leukocyte antigen locus haplotype confers risk for allopurinol-related adverse effects in Caucasian patients with gout. Pharmacogenetics & Genomics, 25(8), 412-415. doi: 10.1097/fpc.0000000000000147

Perez-Ruiz, F., Aniel-Quiroga, M. A., Herrero-Beites, A. M., Chinchilla, S. P., Erauskin, G. G., & Merriman, T. (2015). Renal clearance of uric acid is linked to insulin resistance and lower excretion of sodium in gout patients. Rheumatology International, 35(9), 1519-1524. doi: 10.1007/s00296-015-3242-0

Dalbeth, N., Phipps-Green, A., House, M. E., Gamble, G. D., Horne, A., Stamp, L. K., & Merriman, T. R. (2015). Body mass index modulates the relationship of sugar-sweetened beverage intake with serum urate concentrations and gout. Arthritis Research & Therapy, 17(1), 263. doi: 10.1186/s13075-015-0781-4

Merriman, T. R. (2015). An update on the genetic architecture of hyperuricemia and gout. Arthritis Research & Therapy, 17, 98. doi: 10.1186/s13075-015-0609-2

Kienhorst, L. B. E., van Lochem, E., Kievit, W., Dalbeth, N., Merriman, M. E., Phipps-Green, A., … Stamp, L. K., … Merriman, T. R., … Radstake, T. R. D. J. (2015). Gout is a chronic inflammatory disease in which high levels of interleukin 8 (CXCL8), myeloid-related protein 8/myeloid-related protein14 complex, and an altered proteome are associated with diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. Arthritis & Rheumatology, 67(12), 3303-3313. doi: 10.1002/art.39318

Topless, R. K., Flynn, T. J., Cadzow, M., Stamp, L. K., Dalbeth, N., Black, M. A., & Merriman, T. R. (2015). Association of SLC2A9 genotype with phenotypic variability of serum urate in pre-menopausal women. Frontiers in Genetics, 6, 313. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2015.00313

Johnson, R. J., Merriman, T., & Lanaspa, M. A. (2015). Causal or noncausal relationship of uric acid with diabetes. Diabetes, 64(8), 2720-2722. doi: 10.2337/db15-0532

Murphy, R., Thornley, S., de Zoysa, J., Stamp, L. K., Dalbeth, N., & Merriman, T. R. (2015). Sugar sweetened beverage consumption among adults with gout or type 2 diabetes. PLoS ONE, 10(5), e0125543. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0125543

Boocock, J., Chagné, D., Merriman, T. R., & Black, M. A. (2015). The distribution and impact of common copy-number variation in the genome of the domesticated apple, Malus x domestica Borkh. BMC Genomics, 16(1), 848. doi: 10.1186/s12864-015-2096-x

Flynn, T. J., Cadzow, M., Dalbeth, N., Jones, P. B., Stamp, L. K., Harré Hindmarsh, J., Todd, A. S., Walker, R. J., Topless, R., & Merriman, T. R. (2015). Positive association of tomato consumption with serum urate: Support for tomato consumption as an anecdotal trigger of gout flares. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 16, 196. doi: 10.1186/s12891-015-0661-8

Doecke, J. D., Simms, L. A., Zhao, Z. Z., Roberts, R. L., Fowler, E. V., Croft, A., … Barclay, M. L., Merriman, T. R., Gearry, R. B., … Radford-Smith, G. L. (2015). Smoking behaviour modifies IL23r-associated disease risk in patients with Crohn's disease. Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, 30(2), 299-307. doi: 10.1111/jgh.12674

McKinney, C., Stamp, L. K., Dalbeth, N., Topless, R. K., Day, R. O., Kannangara, D. R. W., … Merriman, T. R. (2015). Multiplicative interaction of functional inflammasome genetic variants in determining the risk of gout. Arthritis Research & Therapy, 17, 288. doi: 10.1186/s13075-015-0802-3

Dalbeth, N., Topless, R., Flynn, T., Cadzow, M., Bolland, M. J., & Merriman, T. R. (2015). Mendelian randomization analysis to examine for a causal effect of urate on bone mineral density. Journal of Bone & Mineral Research, 30(6), 985-991. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.2434

Bao, Y., Curhan, G., Merriman, T., Plenge, R., Kraft, P., & Choi, H. K. (2015). Lack of gene—diuretic interactions on the risk of incident gout: The Nurses' Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 74, 1394-1398. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-206534

Nguyen, H. T., Merriman, T. R., & Black, M. A. (2014). The CNVrd2 package: Measurement of copy number at complex loci using high-throughput sequencing data. Frontiers in Genetics, 5, 248. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2014.00248

Holzinger, D., Nippe, N., Vogl, T., Marketon, K., Mysore, V., Weinhage, T., … Merriman, T., … Roth, J. (2014). Myeloid-related proteins 8 and 14 contribute to monosodium urate crystal-induced inflammation in gout. Arthritis & Rheumatology, 66(5), 1327-1339. doi: 10.1002/art.38369

Rasheed, H., Hsu, A., Dalbeth, N., Stamp, L. K., McCormick, S., & Merriman, T. R. (2014). The relationship of apolipoprotein B and very low density lipoprotein triglyceride with hyperuricemia and gout. Arthritis Research & Therapy, 16(6), 495.

Vincent, A. L., Jordan, C. A., Cadzow, M. J., Merriman, T. R., & McGhee, C. N. (2014). Mutations in the zinc finger protein gene, Znf469, contribute to the pathogenesis of keratoconus. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 55(9), 5629-5635. doi: 10.1167/iovs.14-14532

Smith, E., Hoy, D., Cross, M., Merriman, T. R., Vos, T., Buchbinder, R., … March, L. (2014). The global burden of gout: Estimates from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 73(8), 1470-1476. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-204647

Cadzow, M., Boocock, J., Nguyen, H. T., Wilcox, P., Merriman, T. R., & Black, M. A. (2014). A bioinformatics workflow for detecting signatures of selection in genomic data. Frontiers in Genetics, 5, 293. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2014.00293

Batt, C., Phipps-Green, A. J., Black, M. A., Cadzow, M., Merriman, M. E., Topless, R., … Harrison, A., Highton, J., … Stamp, L., … Merriman, T. R. (2014). Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption: A risk factor for prevalent gout with SLC2A9 genotype-specific effects on serum urate and risk of gout. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 73(12), 2101-2106. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-203600

Merriman, T. R., Choi, H. K., & Dalbeth, N. (2014). The genetic basis of gout. Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America, 40(2), 279-290. doi: 10.1016/j.rdc.2014.01.009

Wei, W.-H., Guo, Y., Kindt, A. S. D., Merriman, T. R., Semple, C. A., Wang, K., & Haley, C. S. (2014). Abundant local interactions in the 4p16.1 region suggest functional mechanisms underlying SLC2A9 associations with human serum uric acid. Human Molecular Genetics, 23(19), 5061-5068. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddu227

Gosling, A. L., Matisoo-Smith, E., & Merriman, T. R. (2014). Hyperuricaemia in the Pacific: Why the elevated serum urate levels? Rheumatology International, 34(6), 743-757. doi: 10.1007/s00296-013-2922-x

Roberts, R. L., Wallace, M. C., Wright, D. F. B., Cadzow, M., Dalbeth, N., Jones, P. B., Stamp, L. K., Harrison, A. A., Black, M. A., & Merriman, T. R. (2014). Frequency of CYP2C9 polymorphisms in Polynesian people and potential relevance to management of gout with benzbromarone. Joint Bone Spine, 81(2), 160-163. doi: 10.1016/j.jbspin.2013.07.006

Hughes, K., Flynn, T., de Zoysa, J., Dalbeth, N., & Merriman, T. R. (2014). Mendelian randomization analysis associates increased serum urate, due to genetic variation in uric acid transporters, with improved renal function. Kidney International, 85(2), 344-351. doi: 10.1038/ki.2013.353

Dalbeth, N., House, M. E., Gamble, G. D., Pool, B., Horne, A., Purvis, L., … Merriman, M., Cadzow, M., Phipps-Green, A., & Merriman, T. R. (2014). Influence of the ABCG2 gout risk 141 K allele on urate metabolism during a fructose challenge. Arthritis Research & Therapy, 16, R34. doi: 10.1186/ar4463

Stamp, L. K., Merriman, T. R., Barclay, M. L., Singh, J. A., Roberts, R. L., Wright, D. F. B., & Dalbeth, N. (2014). Impaired response or insufficient dosage? Examining the potential causes of ”inadequate response” to allopurinol in the treatment of gout. Seminars in Arthritis & Rheumatism, 44(2), 170-174. doi: 10.1016/j.semarthrit.2014.05.007

Ng, M., Fleming, T., Robinson, M., Thomson, B., Graetz, N., Margono, C., … Merriman, T. R., … Gakidou, E. (2014). Global, regional, and national prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adults during 1980-2013: A systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. Lancet, 384(9945), 766-781. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60460-8

Rasheed, H., Hughes, K., Flynn, T. J., & Merriman, T. R. (2014). Mendelian randomization provides no evidence for a causal role of serum urate in increasing serum triglyceride levels. Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, 7, 830-837. doi: 10.1161/circgenetics.114.000556

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