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BACKGROUND A common functional polymorphism (Val/Met) in the catechol-O-methyltransferase gene (COMT) that markedly affects enzyme activity has been shown to affect executive cognition and the physiology of the prefrontal cortex in humans. It is hypothesized that the high activity Val allele slightly increases risk for schizophrenia through its effect on(More)
BACKGROUND Lines of evidence have suggested that the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene may be involved in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. Two common functional polymorphisms C-270T and Val66Met within the BDNF gene were first reported by Kunugi et al. [Kunugi, H., Nanko, S., Hirasawa, H., Kato, N., Nabika, T., Kobayashi, S., 2003.(More)
Early growth response (EGR) genes are thought to have a role in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia because of their conserved DNA binding domain and biologically activity in neuronal plasticity. This zinc-finger motif could influence gene post-translational modification and expression. The multigenetic association model, using markers in genes of similar or(More)
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) belongs to a family of the neurotrophin which plays important roles in the development of the brain. BDNF has been suggested as a factor that increases the risk of schizophrenia. In this study, we genotyped three single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the BDNF gene using a set sample of Han Chinese subjects(More)
BACKGROUND A number of studies have pointed to the involvement of AKT signaling pathways in the etiology of schizophrenia. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the AKT1 gene is involved in the etiology of schizophrenia and whether it affects therapeutic outcomes in the Chinese population. METHOD Five single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)(More)
The glutamatergic dysfunction hypothesis of schizophrenia implicates the genes involved in glutamatergic transmission as strong candidates for schizophrenia-susceptibility. Recent linkage and association studies have identified the glutamate receptor, ionotropic, delta 1 gene GRID1 on 10q22 as a strong candidate for schizophrenia. In this current(More)
Disrupted-in-Schizophrenia-1 (DISC1) has first been identified as a candidate gene for schizophrenia through study of a Scottish family with a balanced (1; 11) (q42.1; q14.3) translocation. Lots of linkage and association studies supported DISC1 as a risk factor for schizophrenia. In this study, we genotyped three SNPs in DISC1 using a set of Han Chinese(More)
The close homolog of L1 (CHL1), located on human chromosome 3p26.1, is a newly identified member of the L1 family of cell adhesion molecules which play important roles in cell migration, axonal growth, and synaptic remodeling. A positive association has been reported between a missense polymorphism in CHL1 gene and schizophrenia in the Japanese population(More)
  • Ming-Qing Xu, Wen-Sheng Sun, +8 authors Lin He
  • 2009
OBJECTIVE Evidence from the 1944-1995 Dutch Hunger Winter and the 1959-1961 Chinese famines suggests that those conceived or in early gestation during famines, have a 2-fold increased risk of developing schizophrenia in adult life. We tested the hypothesis in a second Chinese population and also determined whether risk differed between urban and rural(More)
BACKGROUND Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are 2 major psychiatric illnesses sharing some specific genetic risk factors. Increasing evidence suggests the 2 illnesses might be more closely related than previously considered. OBJECTIVE To test this hypothesis, we investigated the allele and genotype frequencies of 11 single nucleotide polymorphisms(More)