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Maternally derived microduplications at 15q11-q13: Implication of imprinted genes in psychotic illness

Ingason, Andres, Kirov, George ORCID:, Giegling, Ina, Hansen, Thomas, Isles, Anthony Roger ORCID:, Jakobsen, Klaus D., Kristinsson, Kari T., le Roux, Louise, Gustafsson, Omar, Craddock, Nicholas John ORCID:, Moller, Hans-Jurgen, McQuillin, Andrew, Muglia, Pierandrea, Cichon, Sven, Rietschel, Marcella, Ophoff, Roel A., Djurovic, Srdjan, Andreassen, Ole A., Pietilainen, Ollie P. H., Peltonen, Leena, Dempster, Emma, Collier, David A., St. Clair, David, Rasmussen, Henrik B., Glenthoj, Birte Y., Kiemeney, Lambertus A., Franke, Barbara, Tosato, Sarah, Bonetto, Chiara, Saemundsen, Evald, Hreidarsson, Stefan J., Nothen, Markis M., Gurling, Hugh, O'Donovan, Michael Conlon ORCID:, Owen, Michael John ORCID:, Sigurdsson, Engilbert, Petursson, Hannes, Stefansson, Hreinn, Rujescu, Dan, Stefansson, Kari and Werge, Thomas 2011. Maternally derived microduplications at 15q11-q13: Implication of imprinted genes in psychotic illness. American Journal of Psychiatry 168 (4) , pp. 408-417. 10.1176/appi.ajp.2010.09111660

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Objective: Rare copy number variants have been implicated in different neurodevelopmental disorders, with the same copy number variants often increasing risk of more than one of these phenotypes. In a discovery sample of 22 schizophrenia patients with an early onset of illness (10—15 years of age), the authors observed in one patient a maternally derived 15q11-q13 duplication overlapping the Prader-Willi/Angelman syndrome critical region. This prompted investigation of the role of 15q11-q13 duplications in psychotic illness. Method: The authors scanned 7,582 patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder and 41,370 comparison subjects without known psychiatric illness for copy number variants at 15q11-q13 and determined the parental origin of duplications using methylation-sensitive Southern hybridization analysis. Results: Duplications were found in four case patients and five comparison subjects. All four case patients had maternally derived duplications (0.05%), while only three of the five comparison duplications were maternally derived (0.007%), resulting in a significant excess of maternally derived duplications in case patients (odds ratio=7.3). This excess is compatible with earlier observations that risk for psychosis in people with Prader-Willi syndrome caused by maternal uniparental disomy is much higher than in those caused by deletion of the paternal chromosome. Conclusions: These findings suggest that the presence of two maternal copies of a fragment of chromosome 15q11.2-q13.1 that overlaps with the Prader-Willi/Angelman syndrome critical region may be a rare risk factor for schizophrenia and other psychoses. Given that maternal duplications of this region are among the most consistent cytogenetic observations in autism, the findings provide further support for a shared genetic etiology between autism and psychosis.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing
ISSN: 0002-953X
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2022 14:06

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