Stage II follow-up on a linkage scan for bipolar disorder in the Ashkenazim provides suggestive evidence for chromosome 12p and the GRIN2B gene

Dimitrios Avramopoulos, Virginia K. Lasseter, M. Daniele Fallin, Paula Wolyniec, John A. McGrath, Gerald Nestadt, David Valle, Ann E Pulver

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Abstract

PURPOSE: We had previously performed a genome-wide linkage scan for bipolar affective disorder in an Ashkenazi Jewish sample, a population likely to have reduced genetic heterogeneity. This study is a second stage follow-up focusing on regions that showed positive linkage scores in our previous scan but were not fine-mapped at that time. METHODS: We genotyped an additional 145 highly polymorphic microsatellites and conducted linkage analyses using standard laboratory and analytical methods. RESULTS: We saw an improvement of the evidence for linkage in most regions, with the most notable change on chromosome 12p13.1-p12.3, where the evidence of linkage is now suggestive. This region harbors the gene encoding the ionotropic glutamate receptor subunit 2B (GRIN2B), a gene that previously yielded evidence for association in a candidate gene study on 323 Ashkenazi Jewish bipolar case-parent trios. We find that the evidence for linkage is significantly correlated with the presence of the putative high-risk allele identified in our candidate gene study. CONCLUSIONS: Following up weaker signals can significantly improve linkage signals even after relatively small increases in information content. Our results on chromosome 12p support GRIN2B as a candidate gene for bipolar disorder that needs further investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)745-751
Number of pages7
JournalGenetics in Medicine
Volume9
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2007

Keywords

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Chromosome mapping
  • Chromosomes
  • Genes
  • Glutamate receptors
  • Human
  • Linkage disequilibrium
  • Pair 12
  • Polymorphism (genetics)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)

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