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Effects of MiR-137 genetic risk score on brain volume and cortical measures in patients with schizophrenia and controls

Cosgrove, Donna, Mothersill, David O., Whitton, Laura, Harold, Denise, Kelly, Sinead, Holleran, Laurena, Holland, Jessica, Anney, Richard ORCID:, Richards, Alexander, Mantripragada, Kiran ORCID:, Owen, Michael ORCID:, O'Donovan, Michael ORCID:, Gill, Michael, Corvin, Aiden, Morris, Derek W. and Donohoe, Gary 2018. Effects of MiR-137 genetic risk score on brain volume and cortical measures in patients with schizophrenia and controls. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics 177 (3) , pp. 369-376. 10.1002/ajmg.b.32620

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Multiple genome-wide association studies of schizophrenia have implicated genetic variants within the gene encoding microRNA-137. As risk variants within or regulated by MIR137 have been implicated in memory performance, we investigated the additive effects of schizophrenia-associated risk variants in genes empirically regulated by MIR137 on brain regions associated with memory function. A polygenic risk score (PRS) was calculated (at a p = 0.05 threshold), using this empirically regulated MIR137 gene set, to investigate associations between this PRS and structural brain measures. These measures included total brain volume, cortical thickness, cortical surface area, and hippocampal volume, in a sample of 216 individuals consisting of healthy participants (n = 171) and patients with psychosis (n = 45). We did not observe a significant association between MIR137 PRS and these cortical thickness, surface area or hippocampal volume measures linked to memory function; a significant association between increasing PRS and decreasing total brain volume, independent of diagnosis status (R2 = 0.008, Beta = −0.09, p = 0.029), was observed. This did not survive correction for multiple testing. In conclusion, our study yielded only suggestive evidence that risk variants interacting with MIR137 impacts on cortical structure.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1552-4841
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 February 2018
Date of Acceptance: 8 January 2018
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2024 00:43

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