Semiparametric Methods for Mapping Quantitative Trait Loci with Censored Data

Guoqing Diao, D. Y. Lin
2005 Biometrics  
Statistical methods for the detection of genes influencing quantitative traits with the aid of genetic markers are well developed for normally distributed, fully observed phenotypes. Many experiments are concerned with failure-time phenotypes, which have skewed distributions and which are usually subject to censoring because of random loss to follow-up, failures from competing causes, or limited duration of the experiment. In this article, we develop semiparametric statistical methods for
more » ... g quantitative trait loci (QTLs) based on censored failure-time phenotypes. We formulate the effects of the QTL genotype on the failure time through the Cox (1972, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B 34, 187-220) proportional hazards model and derive efficient likelihood-based inference procedures. In addition, we show how to assess statistical significance when searching several regions or the entire genome for QTLs. Extensive simulation studies demonstrate that the proposed methods perform well in practical situations. Applications to two animal studies are provided.
doi:10.1111/j.1541-0420.2005.00346.x pmid:16135030 fatcat:emz2wrvzcfbipl2e52oiy7isqu