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A transcriptome-wide association study implicates specific pre- and post-synaptic abnormalities in schizophrenia

Hall, Lynsey S, Medway, Christopher W ORCID:, Pain, Oliver, Pardinas, Antonio F ORCID:, Rees, Elliott G ORCID:, Escott-Price, Valentina ORCID:, Pocklington, Andrew ORCID:, Bray, Nicholas J ORCID:, Holmans, Peter A ORCID:, Walters, James T R ORCID:, Owen, Michael ORCID: and O'Donovan, Michael ORCID: 2020. A transcriptome-wide association study implicates specific pre- and post-synaptic abnormalities in schizophrenia. Human Molecular Genetics 29 (1) , pp. 159-167. 10.1093/hmg/ddz253

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chizophrenia is a complex highly heritable disorder. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified multiple loci that influence the risk of developing schizophrenia, although the causal variants driving these associations and their impacts on specific genes are largely unknown. We identify a significant correlation between schizophrenia risk and expression at 89 genes in dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (P ≤ 9.43x10−6), including 20 novel genes. Genes whose expression correlate with schizophrenia were enriched for those involved in abnormal CNS synaptic transmission (PFDR = 0.02) and antigen processing and presentation of peptide antigen via MHC class I (PFDR = 0.02). Within the CNS synaptic transmission set, we identify individual significant candidate genes to which we assign direction of expression changes in schizophrenia. The findings provide strong candidates for experimentally probing the molecular basis of synaptic pathology in schizophrenia.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Advanced Research Computing @ Cardiff (ARCCA)
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0964-6906
Funders: MRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 November 2019
Date of Acceptance: 15 October 2019
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2023 06:19

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