Hideki Amagane

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Schizophrenia is a complex genetic disorder and affects approximately 1% of the population worldwide. Recently, Stefansson et al. identified neuregulin 1 (NRG1) on 8p12 as a susceptibility gene for schizophrenia in the Icelandic population. It was reported that the at-risk haplotype ("Hapice") constructed from five SNPs and two microsatellite markers was(More)
While there is an abundance of literature describing the association of chromosome aberrations with epilepsy, only a few refer to the detailed features of epilepsy. It is important to investigate the associations between specific chromosome abnormalities and features of epilepsy to identify genes involved in epilepsy and treat them more effectively. We(More)
Aquaporin 4 (AQP4) has an important role in water homeostasis of human brain and a dysfunction of AQP4 could induce pathological conditions in neuronal activity. Several genome scan studies for schizophrenia found a suggestive linkage on 18q, where human AQP4 (18q11.2-12.1) is located nearby. A case-control study was performed which comprised 261(More)
Many studies suggest that mitochondrial dysfunction is involved in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. We performed a case-control study using tag SNPs in the mitochondrial uncoupling protein genes, UCP2, UCP4, and BMCP1/UCP5, to investigate their association with schizophrenia. These neuronal UCPs are expressed in various brain tissues and may exert a(More)
The functional promoter polymorphism -116C/G of the X-box binding protein 1 (XBP1) gene was found to be associated with schizophrenia in Han Chinese and Japanese subjects, although contradictive negative findings were also reported in European populations. To confirm this association in a Japanese population, the authors conducted a case-control association(More)
Several genome-wide linkage studies have suggested linkage between markers on the long arm of chromosome 22 and schizophrenia. It has also been reported that 22q11.2 deletions increase the risk of schizophrenia. Therefore, 22q is a candidate region for schizophrenia. To search for genetic susceptibility loci for schizophrenia on 22q, we conducted a(More)
A recent study reported that the NOTCH4 gene was highly associated with schizophrenia in the British population. To confirm this association for another population, a case-control study was conducted and a transmission disequilibrium test (TDT) analysis was performed on a group of Japanese subjects (235 pairs of schizophrenia patients and controls, and 78(More)
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