Shinichiro Nanko

Learn More
Several lines of evidence have suggested altered functions of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's disease (AD). In the search for polymorphisms in the 5'-flanking and 5'-noncoding regions of the BDNF gene, we found a novel nucleotide substitution (C270T) in the noncoding(More)
There is some evidence suggesting that a polymorphism of variable number of tandem repeats (VNTR) in the second intron of the serotonin transporter (5-HTT) gene and another variation which lies 1.2 kb upstream of the promoter of the gene (5-HTTLPR) are associated with affective disorders. However, conflicting results have also been reported. We examined an(More)
OBJECTIVE Tryptophan hydroxylase is the rate-limiting enzyme in the biosynthesis of serotonin. The authors examined whether polymorphisms A218C and A779C in intron 7 of the tryptophan hydroxylase gene are associated with a risk for affective disorders or suicidal behavior. METHOD Subjects were 141 patients with bipolar disorder and 73 patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies suggested mitochondrial abnormality in bipolar disorder: (1) possible contribution of parent-of-origin effect in transmission of bipolar disorder; (2) abnormal brain phosphorus metabolism detected by phosphorus-31 magnetic resonance spectroscopy; (3) comorbidity of affective disorders in patients with mitochondrial(More)
The hypothesis that psychosis arises as a part of the genetic diversity associated with the evolution of language generates the prediction that illness will be linked to a gene determining cerebral asymmetry, which, from the evidence of sex chromosome aneuploidies, is present in homologous form on the X and Y chromosomes. We investigated evidence of linkage(More)
Mitochondrial dysfunction associated with mutant mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) has been suggested in bipolar disorder, and comorbidity with neurodegenerative diseases was often noted. We examined the entire sequence of mtDNA in six subjects with bipolar disorder having comorbid somatic symptoms suggestive of mitochondrial disorders and found several(More)
There are several lines of evidence which suggest that chromosome 4p may contain a major susceptibility locus for the functional psychoses. We previously reported a family (family 50) with cases of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder which gave maximum lod scores of 1.96 and 1.84 respectively with the markers D4S403 and a microsatellite near to DRD5(More)
Family, twin and adoption studies highlight the influence of genes in the aetiology of schizophrenia, though the mode of inheritance is unclear. We have been conducting a systematic search for major genes in schizophrenia using a series of multiply affected families and report preliminary results of linkage under heterogeneity with markers on chromosome 13.(More)
Linkage of bipolar disorder with 18p11 has been replicated by several investigators. A nuclear-encoded mitochondrial complex I subunit gene, NDUFV2, is one of the candidate genes in this locus, since the possible pathophysiological significance of mitochondrial dysfunction in bipolar disorder has been suggested. The objective of our study was to clarify the(More)
Several groups have reported weak evidence for linkage between schizophrenia and genetic markers located on chromosome 22q using the lod score method of analysis. However these findings involved different genetic markers and methods of analysis, and so were not directly comparable. To resolve this issue we have performed a combined analysis of genotypic(More)