Atsushi Takata

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BACKGROUND Genome-wide association studies have successfully identified several common variants showing robust association with schizophrenia. However, individually, these variants only produce a weak effect. To identify genetic variants with larger effect sizes, increasing attention is now being paid to uncommon and rare variants. METHODS From the 1000(More)
Results of genome-wide association studies (GWASs) for bipolar disorder (BD) have indicated ANK3 as one of the most promising candidates for a susceptibility gene. In this study, we performed genetic association analysis of two single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in ANK3 (rs1938526 and rs10994336), whose genome-wide significant associations were reported(More)
BACKGROUND Whole-exome sequencing using next-generation technologies has been previously demonstrated to be able to detect rare disease-causing variants. Progressive external ophthalmoplegia (PEO) is an inherited mitochondrial disease that follows either autosomal dominant or recessive forms of inheritance (adPEO or arPEO). AdPEO is a genetically(More)
OBJECTIVE The human adenosine A1 receptor gene (ADORA1) localizes to chromosome 1q32 is 76.8 kbp in length and contains six exons. ADORA1 is ubiquitously expressed in the central nervous system and clinical and pharmacological evidence suggest the involvement of adenosine neurotransmission in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. Therefore, we investigated the(More)
The Xbp1 gene, located on chromosome 11qA1 in Mus musculus, encodes a key transcription factor in the endoplasmic reticulum stress response pathway. XBP1 play a role in brain development and implicated in pathogenesis of neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases. To evaluate the role of Xbp1 in behavioral phenotypes, we subjected heterozygous Xbp1 knockout(More)
AIM Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of bipolar disorder (BD) have detected new candidate genes, including DGKH, DFNB31 and SORCS2. However, the results of these GWAS were not necessarily consistent, indicating the importance of replication studies. In this study, we tested the genetic association of DGKH, DFNB31 and SORCS2 with BD. METHODS(More)
Although numerous genetic studies have been conducted for bipolar disorder (BD), its genetic architecture remains elusive. Here we perform, to the best of our knowledge, the first trio-based exome sequencing study for BD to investigate potential roles of de novo mutations in the disease etiology. We identified 71 de novo point mutations and one de novo(More)
AIM Rare missense variants, which likely account for a substantial portion of the genetic 'dark matter' for a common complex disease, are challenging because the impacts of variants on disease development are difficult to substantiate. This study aimed to examine the impacts of amino acid substitution variants in the POLG1 found in bipolar disorder, as an(More)
Depression is a common debilitating human disease whose etiology has defied decades of research. A critical bottleneck is the difficulty in modeling depressive episodes in animals. Here, we show that a transgenic mouse with chronic forebrain expression of a dominant negative mutant of Polg1, a mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) polymerase, exhibits lethargic(More)
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