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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)
BACKGROUND Polymorphism in the serotonin transporter promoter gene has been recently reported to be associated with the personality trait known as anxiety-related traits. We have attempted to replicate these findings in 101 healthy Japanese subjects. METHODS The personality traits of the subjects were assessed with the tridimensional personality(More)
We investigated the marriage rates, the reproductive rates and the marital reproductivity of schizophrenic outpatients in Japan. A total of 553 patients with DSM-III-R-diagnosed schizophrenia at the Teikyo University Hospital, Tokyo, Japan were compared with age- and sex-matched outpatients at surgical clinics of the same hospital. Our findings indicate(More)
Recent progress in genotyping technology and the development of public databases has enabled large-scale genome-wide association tests with diseases. We performed a two-stage genome-wide association study (GWAS) of bipolar disorder (BD) in Japanese cohorts. First we used Affymetrix 100K GeneChip arrays in the analysis of 107 cases with bipolar I disorder(More)
Patients with schizophrenia rarely develop rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that exhibits genetic association with the HLA DRB1*04 gene. We previously investigated the hypothesis that schizophrenia is negatively associated with DRB1*04, and found that only half the expected number of schizophrenic patients had this gene when compared with(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)
OBJECTIVE Small Japanese studies have suggested that patients with schizophrenia have higher rates of the HLA-DR1 gene than normal subjects. The authors' goal in the present study was to confirm this finding in a larger number of Japanese subjects. They also investigated the rate of DR4 in Japanese patients with schizophrenia because it has been reported(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD) is thought to be caused by a combination of unknown environmental, genetic and degenerative factors. Among these factors, monoamine oxidase has been considered as a possible factor in the pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease. We have carried out allelic association studies of PD with monoamine oxidase type A (MAOA) and monoamine(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)
BACKGROUND Many studies have shown an association between obstetric complications and schizophrenia. AIMS To investigate the possible relationship between prenatal underdevelopment, neurodevelopmental abnormality and subsequent schizophrenia. METHOD The literature was reviewed. In particular, by pooling data from recently published reports, we examined(More)