Dense SNP association study for bipolar I disorder on chromosome 18p11 suggests two loci with excess paternal transmission

J. G. Mulle, M. D. Fallin, V. K. Lasseter, J. A. McGrath, P. S. Wolyniec, A. E. Pulver

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Parent-of-origin effects have been implicated as mediators of genetic susceptibility for a number of complex disease phenotypes, including bipolar disorder. Specifically, evidence for linkage on chromosome 18 is modified when allelic parent-of-origin is accommodated in the analysis. Our goal was to characterize the susceptibility locus for bipolar I disorder on chromosome 18p11 and investigate this parent-of-origin hypothesis in an association context. This was achieved by genotyping single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at a high density (1 SNP/5 kb) along 13.6 megabases of the linkage region. To increase our ability to detect a susceptibility locus, we restricted the phenotype definition to include only bipolar I probands. We also restricted our study population to Ashkenazi Jewish individuals; this population has characteristics of a genetic isolate and may therefore facilitate detection of variants for complex disease. Three hundred and forty-four pedigrees (363 parent/child trios) where probands were affected with bipolar 1 disorder were genotyped. Transmission disequilibrium test analysis revealed no statistically significant association to SNPs or haplotypes within this region in this sample. However, when parent-of-origin of transmitted SNPs was taken into account, suggestive association was revealed for two separate loci.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-375
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 30 2007


  • 18p11
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Genetic association
  • Parent of origin
  • Psychiatric genetics
  • Transmission disequilibrium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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