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American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921840/the-role-of-cadherin-genes-in-five-major-psychiatric-disorders-a-literature-update
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REVIEW
Ziarih Hawi, Janette Tong, Callum Dark, Hannah Yates, Beth Johnson, Mark A Bellgrove
Converging evidence from candidate gene, genome-wide linkage, and association studies support a role of cadherins in the pathophysiology of five major psychiatric disorders including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), schizophrenia (SCZ), bipolar disorder (BD), and major depressive disorder (MDD). These molecules are transmembrane proteins which act as cell adhesives by forming adherens junctions (AJs) to bind cells within tissues. Members of the cadherin superfamily are also involved in biological processes such as signal transduction and plasticity that have been implicated in the etiology of major psychiatric conditions...
September 18, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902459/exome-sequences-of-multiplex-multigenerational-families-reveal-schizophrenia-risk-loci-with-potential-implications-for-neurocognitive-performance
#2
Mark Z Kos, Melanie A Carless, Juan Peralta, Joanne E Curran, Ellen E Quillen, Marcio Almeida, August Blackburn, Lucy Blondell, David R Roalf, Michael F Pogue-Geile, Ruben C Gur, Harald H H Göring, Vishwajit L Nimgaonkar, Raquel E Gur, Laura Almasy
Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness, involving disruptions in thought and behavior, with a worldwide prevalence of about one percent. Although highly heritable, much of the genetic liability of schizophrenia is yet to be explained. We searched for susceptibility loci in multiplex, multigenerational families affected by schizophrenia, targeting protein-altering variation with in silico predicted functional effects. Exome sequencing was performed on 136 samples from eight European-American families, including 23 individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder...
September 13, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902457/the-role-of-clock-gene-in-psychiatric-disorders-evidence-from-human-and-animal-research
#3
REVIEW
Jaqueline B Schuch, Julia P Genro, Clarissa R Bastos, Gabriele Ghisleni, Luciana Tovo-Rodrigues
The circadian clock system drives daily rhythms in physiology, metabolism, and behavior in mammals. Molecular mechanisms of this system consist of multiple clock genes, with Circadian Locomotor Output Cycles Kaput (CLOCK) as a core member that plays an important role in a wide range of behaviors. Alterations in the CLOCK gene are associated with common psychiatric disorders as well as with circadian disturbances comorbidities. This review addresses animal, molecular, and genetic studies evaluating the role of the CLOCK gene on many psychiatric conditions, namely autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, and substance use disorder...
September 13, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902444/genomewide-association-studies-of-suicide-attempts-in-us-soldiers
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Murray B Stein, Erin B Ware, Colter Mitchell, Chia-Yen Chen, Susan Borja, Tianxi Cai, Catherine L Dempsey, Carol S Fullerton, Joel Gelernter, Steven G Heeringa, Sonia Jain, Ronald C Kessler, James A Naifeh, Matthew K Nock, Stephan Ripke, Xiaoying Sun, Jean C Beckham, Nathan A Kimbrel, Robert J Ursano, Jordan W Smoller
Suicide is a global public health problem with particular resonance for the US military. Genetic risk factors for suicidality are of interest as indicators of susceptibility and potential targets for intervention. We utilized population-based nonclinical cohorts of US military personnel (discovery: N = 473 cases and N = 9778 control subjects; replication: N = 135 cases and N = 6879 control subjects) and a clinical case-control sample of recent suicide attempters (N = 51 cases and N = 112 control subjects) to conduct GWAS of suicide attempts (SA)...
September 13, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862395/phelan-mcdermid-syndrome-data-network-integrating-patient-reported-outcomes-with-clinical-notes-and-curated-genetic-reports
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Cartik Kothari, Maxime Wack, Claire Hassen-Khodja, Sean Finan, Guergana Savova, Megan O'Boyle, Geraldine Bliss, Andria Cornell, Elizabeth J Horn, Rebecca Davis, Jacquelyn Jacobs, Isaac Kohane, Paul Avillach
The heterogeneity of patient phenotype data are an impediment to the research into the origins and progression of neuropsychiatric disorders. This difficulty is compounded in the case of rare disorders such as Phelan-McDermid Syndrome (PMS) by the paucity of patient clinical data. PMS is a rare syndromic genetic cause of autism and intellectual deficiency. In this paper, we describe the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Data Network (PMS_DN), a platform that facilitates research into phenotype-genotype correlation and progression of PMS by: a) integrating knowledge of patient phenotypes extracted from Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO) data and clinical notes-two heterogeneous, underutilized sources of knowledge about patient phenotypes-with curated genetic information from the same patient cohort and b) making this integrated knowledge, along with a suite of statistical tools, available free of charge to authorized investigators on a Web portal https://pmsdn...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856789/longitudinal-telomere-shortening-and-early-alzheimer-s-disease-progression-in-adults-with-down-syndrome
#6
Edmund C Jenkins, Elaine J Marchi, Milen T Velinov, Lingling Ye, Sharon J Krinsky-McHale, Warren B Zigman, Nicole Schupf, Wayne P Silverman
Telomere shortening was shown to parallel Alzheimer's disease (AD) associated dementia. By using a dual PNA Probe system we have developed a practical method for comparing telomere length in T-lymphocyte interphases from individuals with Down syndrome (DS) with and without "mild cognitive impairment" (MCI-DS) and demonstrated that telomere length can serve as a valid biomarker for the onset of MCI-DS in this high-risk population. To verify progressive cognitive decline we have now examined sequential changes in telomere length in 10 adults with DS (N = 4 Female, N = 6 Male) developing MCI-DS...
August 30, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851107/the-clinical-features-of-alcohol-use-disorders-in-biological-and-step-fathers-that-predict-risk-for-alcohol-use-disorders-in-offspring
#7
Kenneth S Kendler, Henrik Ohlsson, Alexis Edwards, Jan Sundquist, Kristina Sundquist
Given that Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is clinically heterogeneous, can we, in a large epidemiological sample using public registries, identify clinical features of AUD cases in biological and step-fathers that index, respectively, genetic and familial-environmental risk for AUD in their offspring? From all father-offspring pairs where the father had AUD and the offspring was born 1960-1990, we identified not-lived-with (NLW) biological fathers (n = 38,376) and step-father pairs (n = 9,711). The relationship between clinical and historical features of the father's AUD and risk for AUD in offspring was assessed by linear hazard regression...
August 29, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851104/a-polygenic-risk-score-analysis-of-psychosis-endophenotypes-across-brain-functional-structural-and-cognitive-domains
#8
Siri Ranlund, Stella Calafato, Johan H Thygesen, Kuang Lin, Wiepke Cahn, Benedicto Crespo-Facorro, Sonja M C de Zwarte, Álvaro Díez, Marta Di Forti, Conrad Iyegbe, Assen Jablensky, Rebecca Jones, Mei-Hua Hall, Rene Kahn, Luba Kalaydjieva, Eugenia Kravariti, Colm McDonald, Andrew M McIntosh, Andrew McQuillin, Marco Picchioni, Diana P Prata, Dan Rujescu, Katja Schulze, Madiha Shaikh, Timothea Toulopoulou, Neeltje van Haren, Jim van Os, Evangelos Vassos, Muriel Walshe, Cathryn Lewis, Robin M Murray, John Powell, Elvira Bramon
This large multi-center study investigates the relationships between genetic risk for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and multi-modal endophenotypes for psychosis. The sample included 4,242 individuals; 1,087 patients with psychosis, 822 unaffected first-degree relatives of patients, and 2,333 controls. Endophenotypes included the P300 event-related potential (N = 515), lateral ventricular volume (N = 798), and the cognitive measures block design (N = 3,089), digit span (N = 1,437), and the Ray Auditory Verbal Learning Task (N = 2,406)...
August 29, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851079/genome-wide-significant-locus-for-research-diagnostic-criteria-schizoaffective-disorder-bipolar-type
#9
Elaine K Green, Arianna Di Florio, Liz Forty, Katherine Gordon-Smith, Detelina Grozeva, Christine Fraser, Alexander L Richards, Jennifer L Moran, Shaun Purcell, Pamela Sklar, George Kirov, Michael J Owen, Michael C O'Donovan, Nick Craddock, Lisa Jones, Ian R Jones
Studies have suggested that Research Diagnostic Criteria for Schizoaffective Disorder Bipolar type (RDC-SABP) might identify a more genetically homogenous subgroup of bipolar disorder. Aiming to identify loci associated with RDC-SABP, we have performed a replication study using independent RDC-SABP cases (n = 144) and controls (n = 6,559), focusing on the 10 loci that reached a p-value <10(-5) for RDC-SABP in the Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium (WTCCC) bipolar disorder sample. Combining the WTCCC and replication datasets by meta-analysis (combined RDC-SABP, n = 423, controls, n = 9,494), we observed genome-wide significant association at one SNP, rs2352974, located within the intron of the gene TRAIP on chromosome 3p21...
August 29, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28786528/role-of-108-schizophrenia-associated-loci-in-modulating-psychopathological-dimensions-in-schizophrenia-and-bipolar-disorder
#10
Chiara Fabbri, Alessandro Serretti
The Schizophrenia Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC) identified 108 loci associated with schizophrenia, but their role in modulating specific psychopathological dimensions of the disease is unknown. This study investigated which symptom dimensions may be affected by these loci in schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Positive, negative and depressive symptoms, suicidal ideation, cognition, violent behaviors, quality of life, and early onset were investigated in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder using the clinical antipsychotic trials of intervention effectiveness (CATIE) and systematic treatment enhancement program for bipolar disorder (STEP-BD) studies...
August 8, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777493/the-regulation-of-tetraspanin-8-gene-expression-a-potential-new-mechanism-in-the-pathogenesis-of-bipolar-disorder
#11
Christoph Schartner, Claus-Jürgen Scholz, Heike Weber, Antonia Post, Florian Freudenberg, Lena Grünewald, Andreas Reif
In a previous study, we identified the single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs4500567, located in the upstream region of tetraspanin 8 (TSPAN8), to be associated with bipolar disorder (BD). Due to its proximal position, the SNP might have an impact on promoter activity, thus on TSPAN8 gene expression. We investigated the impact of rs4500567 on TSPAN8 expression in vitro with luciferase-based promoter assays in human embryonic kidney (HEK293) and neuroblastoma cells (SH-SY5Y), and its effect on expression of downstream associated genes by microarray-based transcriptome analyses...
August 4, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766925/posterior-column-ataxia-with-retinitis-pigmentosa-coexisting-with-sensory-autonomic-neuropathy-and-leukemia-due-to-the-homozygous-p-pro221ser-flvcr1-mutation
#12
Marco Castori, Silvia Morlino, Martin Ungelenk, Davide Pareyson, Ettore Salsano, Paola Grammatico, Emanuela Tolosano, Ingo Kurth, Deborah Chiabrando
FLVCR1 encodes for a ubiquitous heme exporter, whose recessive mutations cause posterior column ataxia with retinitis pigmentosa (PCARP). Recently, FLVCR1 recessive mutations were also found in two sporadic children with hereditary sensory-autonomic neuropathy (HSAN). We report the unique case of a 33-year-old Italian woman with a combination of typical PCARP, sensory-autonomic neuropathy with sensory loss to all modalities and multiple autonomic dysfuctions, and acute lymphocytic leukemia. Molecular analysis demonstrated homozygosity for the previously identified FLVCR1 p...
August 2, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766921/the-dopamine-transporter-role-in-psychiatric-phenotypes
#13
REVIEW
Angélica Salatino-Oliveira, Luis A Rohde, Mara H Hutz
The dopamine transporter (DAT) is one of the most relevant and investigated neurotransmitter transporters. DAT is a plasma membrane protein which plays a homeostatic role, controlling both extracellular and intracellular concentrations of dopamine (DA). Since unbalanced DA levels are known to be involved in numerous mental disorders, a wealth of investigations has provided valuable insights concerning DAT role into normal brain functioning and pathological processes. Briefly, this extensive but non-systematic review discusses what is recently known about the role of SLC6A3 gene which encodes the dopamine transporter in psychiatric phenotypes...
August 2, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766910/lack-of-tmem230-mutations-in-patients-with-familial-and-sporadic-parkinson-s-disease-in-a-taiwanese-population
#14
Tian-Sin Fan, Chin-Hsien Lin, Hang-I Lin, Meng-Ling Chen, Ruey-Meei Wu
Mutations in transmembrane protein 230 (TMEM230) have recently been reported to be associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) in a North American population. A highly prevalent mutation, c.550_552delTAGinsCCCGGG (p.*184ProGlyext*5) was found in 3.1% of Chinese familial PD patients. However, subsequent studies failed to replicate these findings in different populations. Our objective was to confirm the role of this gene in a large number of PD patients and controls in a Taiwanese population. Among 1,672 participants, we sequenced all coding exons and exon-intron boundary junctions of the TMEM230 gene in 180 probands with familial PD...
August 2, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719003/mutation-intolerant-genes-and-targets-of-fmrp-are-enriched-for-nonsynonymous-alleles-in-schizophrenia
#15
Ganna Leonenko, Alexander L Richards, James T Walters, Andrew Pocklington, Kimberly Chambert, Mariam M Al Eissa, Sally I Sharp, Niamh L O'Brien, David Curtis, Nicholas J Bass, Andrew McQuillin, Christina Hultman, Jennifer L Moran, Steven A McCarroll, Pamela Sklar, Benjamin M Neale, Peter A Holmans, Michael J Owen, Patrick F Sullivan, Michael C O'Donovan
Risk of schizophrenia is conferred by alleles occurring across the full spectrum of frequencies from common SNPs of weak effect through to ultra rare alleles, some of which may be moderately to highly penetrant. Previous studies have suggested that some of the risk of schizophrenia is attributable to uncommon alleles represented on Illumina exome arrays. Here, we present the largest study of exomic variation in schizophrenia to date, using samples from the United Kingdom and Sweden (10,011 schizophrenia cases and 13,791 controls)...
July 18, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691768/microbiome-inflammation-epigenetic-alterations-and-mental-diseases
#16
REVIEW
Reza Alam, Hamid M Abdolmaleky, Jin-Rong Zhou
Major mental diseases such as autism, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and major depressive disorder are debilitating illnesses with complex etiologies. Recent findings show that the onset and development of these illnesses cannot be well described by the one-gene; one-disease approach. Instead, their clinical presentation is thought to result from the regulative interplay of a large number of genes. Even though the involvement of many genes are likely, up regulating and activation or down regulation and silencing of these genes by the environmental factors play a crucial role in contributing to their pathogenesis...
July 10, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686353/national-scale-precision-medicine-for-psychiatric-disorders-in-sweden
#17
REVIEW
Sarah E Bergen, Patrick F Sullivan
Since psychiatric disorders have genetic architectures dominated by common variants of small effects, successful elucidation in psychiatric genetics necessitates large sample sizes. Collaboration and unconventional ascertainment methods are required to fulfill this need. Electronic health records have been increasingly seen as holding great potential for research, although they often pose substantial technical, legal and ethical challenges. Universal health care and national-scale registers with comprehensive medical, developmental, demographic, and geographic information make the Nordic countries ideal for psychiatric genetic epidemiology...
July 7, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686333/ehealth-provides-a-novel-opportunity-to-exploit-the-advantages-of-the-nordic-countries-in-psychiatric-genetic-research-building-on-the-public-health-care-system-biobanks-and-registries
#18
REVIEW
Ole A Andreassen
Nordic countries have played an important role in the recent progress in psychiatric genetics, both with large well-characterized samples and expertise. The Nordic countries have research advantages due to the organization of their societies, including system of personal identifiers, national health registries with information about diseases, treatment and prescriptions, and a public health system with geographical catchment areas. For psychiatric genetic research, the large biobanks and population surveys are a unique added value...
July 7, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686326/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-in-genes-related-to-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-as-risk-factors-for-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
#19
REVIEW
Carolina M Carvalho, Bruno M Coimbra, Vanessa K Ota, Marcelo F Mello, Sintia I Belangero
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common psychiatric disorder. The etiology of PTSD is multifactorial, depending on many environmental and genetic risk factors, and the exposure to life or physical integrity-threatening events. Several studies have shown significant correlations of many neurobiological findings with PTSD. Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis dysfunction is strongly correlated with this disorder. One hypothesis is that HPA axis dysfunction may precede the traumatic event, suggesting that genes expressed in the HPA axis may be involved in the development of PTSD...
July 7, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901686/shifting-the-focus-toward-rare-variants-in-schizophrenia-to-close-the-gap-from-genotype-to-phenotype
#20
REVIEW
M Leonor Bustamante, Luisa Herrera, Pablo A Gaspar, Rodrigo Nieto, Alejandro Maturana, María José Villar, Valeria Salinas, Hernán Silva
Schizophrenia (SZ) is a disorder with a high heritability and a complex architecture. Several dozen genetic variants have been identified as risk factors through genome-wide association studies including large population-based samples. However, the bulk of the risk cannot be accounted for by the genes associated to date. Rare mutations have been historically seen as relevant only for some infrequent, Mendelian forms of psychosis. Recent findings, however, show that the subset of patients that present a mutation with major effect is larger than expected...
October 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
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