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Recent studies of the association between the metabotropic glutamate receptor 3 gene (GRM3) and schizophrenia have produced conflicting results, although GRM3 is a promising candidate gene. Fujii et al. found a single nuclear polymorphism (SNP) for within this gene, rs1468412 to have a positive association to schizophrenia in Japanese patients. To(More)
In the era of personalized medical practice, understanding the genetic basis of patient-specific adverse drug reaction (ADR) is a major challenge. Clozapine provides effective treatments for schizophrenia but its usage is limited because of life-threatening agranulocytosis. A recent high impact study showed the necessity of moving clozapine to a first line(More)
Dysfunction of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors has been implicated in the etiology of schizophrenia based on psychotomimetic properties of several antagonists and on observation of genetic animal models. To conduct association analysis of the NMDA receptors in the Chinese population, we examined 16 reported SNPs across the NMDA receptor NR1(More)
The Sialyltransferase 8B gene (SIAT8B) is located at 15q26, a susceptibility region for both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The protein encoded by this gene has an important role in neural development and sialic acid synthesis on the neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM). Previous research had indicated that the promoter region of SIAT8B is associated(More)
PURPOSE To identify the mutant gene for autosomal dominant posterior polar congenital cataract in a four-generation Chinese pedigree. METHODS The clinical data of patients from the family were recorded by slit-lamp photography. Genomic DNA samples from peripheral blood of the pedigree members were then isolated to map the relevant gene, using(More)
CNTNAP2, located on 7q35-36.1, encodes a single-pass transmembrane protein mediating cell-cell interactions in the nervous system. CNTNAP2 has been suggested to play an important role in mental diseases such as autism and language disorder. However, we still do not know whether it also confers risk to major psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, major(More)
BACKGROUND Brain tumor remains the leading cause of disease-related death in children. Many studies have focused on the complex biological process involved in pediatric brain tumors but little is know about the possible role of microRNAs in the genesis of these tumors. METHODS In this study, we used a microRNA microarray assay to study the expression(More)
OBJECTIVES The FoxP2 gene, located on 7q31, encodes a transcription factor. It was first discovered through investigations of a large multigenerational family (the KE family) with a rare severe speech and language disorder (Fisher et al., Nat. Genet. 1998;18:168; Lai et al., Nature 2001;413:519). Subsequent studies gave powerful and convincing functional(More)
Recently the expression of human myelin/oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) has been found to be significantly downregulated in the brain tissue of subjects with schizophrenia, suggesting that the MOG gene resides within a high-susceptibility locus for schizophrenia. In order to test this prediction, we analyzed three microsatellites from MOG in the Han(More)
The S100B gene locates in 21q22.3 and produces neurotrophin mainly in astrocytes of CNS which can act as an extensive marker of glial cell integrity. The synaptic destabilization hypothesis (GGF/SD) suggests that the functional deficiency of growth factors like S100B is involved in the etiology of schizophrenia and the S100B serum concentration is reported(More)