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Mar
2018

Bipolar disorder (BD) is a common and highly heritable disorder of mood. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified several independent susceptibility loci. In order to extract more biological information from GWAS data, multi-locus approaches represent powerful tools since they utilize knowledge about biological processes to integrate functional sets of genes at strongly to moderately associated loci.

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Feb
2018

The genetic architecture underlying Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been suggested to differ between individuals with lower (IQ ≤ 70; LIQ) and higher intellectual abilities (IQ > 70; HIQ). Among the identified pathomechanisms, the glutamatergic signalling pathway is of specific interest in ASD. We investigated 187 common functional variants of this neurotransmitter system for association with ASD and with symptom severity in two independent samples, a German (German-ALL: N = 583 families) and the Autism Genome Project cohort (AGP-ALL: N = 2001 families), split into HIQ, and LIQ subgroups.

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Jan
2018

Association of Polygenic Score for Schizophrenia and HLA Antigen and Inflammation Genes With Response to Lithium in Bipolar Affective Disorder: A Genome-Wide Association Study.

JAMA Psychiatry 2018 Jan;75(1):65-74
, Azmeraw T Amare, Klaus Oliver Schubert, Liping Hou, Scott R Clark, Sergi Papiol, Urs Heilbronner, Franziska Degenhardt, Fasil Tekola-Ayele, Yi-Hsiang Hsu, Tatyana Shekhtman, Mazda Adli, Nirmala Akula, Kazufumi Akiyama, Raffaella Ardau, Bárbara Arias, Jean-Michel Aubry, Lena Backlund, Abesh Kumar Bhattacharjee, Frank Bellivier, Antonio Benabarre, Susanne Bengesser, Joanna M Biernacka, Armin Birner, Clara Brichant-Petitjean, Pablo Cervantes, Hsi-Chung Chen, Caterina Chillotti, Sven Cichon, Cristiana Cruceanu, Piotr M Czerski, Nina Dalkner, Alexandre Dayer, Maria Del Zompo, J Raymond DePaulo, Bruno Étain, Peter Falkai, Andreas J Forstner, Louise Frisen, Mark A Frye, Janice M Fullerton, Sébastien Gard, Julie S Garnham, Fernando S Goes, Maria Grigoroiu-Serbanescu, Paul Grof, Ryota Hashimoto, Joanna Hauser, Stefan Herms, Per Hoffmann, Andrea Hofmann, Stephane Jamain, Esther Jiménez, Jean-Pierre Kahn, Layla Kassem, Po-Hsiu Kuo, Tadafumi Kato, John Kelsoe, Sarah Kittel-Schneider, Sebastian Kliwicki, Barbara König, Ichiro Kusumi, Gonzalo Laje, Mikael Landén, Catharina Lavebratt, Marion Leboyer, Susan G Leckband, Alfonso Tortorella, Mirko Manchia, Lina Martinsson, Michael J McCarthy, Susan McElroy, Francesc Colom, Marina Mitjans, Francis M Mondimore, Palmiero Monteleone, Caroline M Nievergelt, Markus M Nöthen, Tomas Novák, Claire O'Donovan, Norio Ozaki, Urban Ösby, Andrea Pfennig, James B Potash, Andreas Reif, Eva Reininghaus, Guy A Rouleau, Janusz K Rybakowski, Martin Schalling, Peter R Schofield, Barbara W Schweizer, Giovanni Severino, Paul D Shilling, Katzutaka Shimoda, Christian Simhandl, Claire M Slaney, Alessio Squassina, Thomas Stamm, Pavla Stopkova, Mario Maj, Gustavo Turecki, Eduard Vieta, Julia Volkert, Stephanie Witt, Adam Wright, Peter P Zandi, Philip B Mitchell, Michael Bauer, Martin Alda, Marcella Rietschel, Francis J McMahon, Thomas G Schulze, Bernhard T Baune
Lithium is a first-line mood stabilizer for the treatment of bipolar affective disorder (BPAD). However, the efficacy of lithium varies widely, with a nonresponse rate of up to 30%. Biological response markers are lacking.

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Sep
2017

The rs1625579 variant near the microRNA-137 (MIR137) gene is one of the best-supported schizophrenia variants in genome-wide association studies (GWAS), and microRNA-137 functionally regulates other GWAS identified schizophrenia risk variants. Schizophrenia patients with the MIR137 rs1625579 risk genotype (homozygous for the schizophrenia risk variant) also have aberrant brain structure. It is unclear if the effect of MIR137 among schizophrenia patients is due to potential epistasis with genetic risk for schizophrenia or other factors of the disorder.

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Oct
2017

Major depression disorder (MDD) is a complex neuropsychiatric disorder and an increasing number of genetic risk variants are being identified. Investigation of their influence in the general population requires accurate and efficient assessment of depressive symptoms. Here, clinical interviews conducted by clinicians are the gold standard.

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Jul
2017

The acronym VATER/VACTERL refers to the rare nonrandom association of the following component features (CF): vertebral defects (V), anorectal malformations (A), cardiac defects (C), tracheoesophageal fistula with or without esophageal atresia, renal malformations (R), and limb defects (L). Patients presenting with at least three CFs are diagnosed as having VATER/VACTERL association while patients presenting with only two CFs are diagnosed as having VATER/VACTERL-like phenotypes. Recently, rare causative copy number variations (CNVs) have been identified in patients with VATER/VACTERL association and VATER/VACTERL-like phenotypes.

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Aug
2017

It has been shown previously that homozygous and compound-heterozygous variants affecting protein function in the human NLRP genes impact reproduction and/or fetal imprinting patterns. These variants represent so-called 'maternal effect mutations', that is, although female variant carriers are healthy, they are at risk of reproductive failure, and their offspring may develop aberrant methylation and imprinting disorders. In contrast, the relevance to reproductive failure of maternal heterozygous NLRP7 variants remains unclear.

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Dec
2017

The fundamental role of the brain-specific myelin transcription factor 1-like (MYT1L) gene in cases of intellectual disability and in the etiology of neurodevelopmental disorders is increasingly recognized. Yet, its function remains under-investigated. Here, we identify a network of helix-loop-helix (HLH) transcriptional regulators controlled by MYT1L, as indicated by our analyses in human neural stem cells and in the human brain.

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Jun
2017

The postsynaptic scaffolding protein SHANK3 is essential for the normal function of glutamatergic synapses in the brain. Emerging evidence suggests that impaired plasticity of glutamatergic synapses contributes to the pathology of schizophrenia (SCZ). To investigate whether variants in the SHANK3 gene contribute to the etiology of SCZ, we sequenced SHANK3 in 500 affected individuals (cohort C1).

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Dec
1969

Bipolar disorder (BD) is a highly heritable neuropsychiatric disease characterized by recurrent episodes of mania and depression. BD shows substantial clinical and genetic overlap with other psychiatric disorders, in particular schizophrenia (SCZ). The genes underlying this etiological overlap remain largely unknown.

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Jan
2017

Contribution of copy number variants to schizophrenia from a genome-wide study of 41,321 subjects.

Nat Genet 2017 Jan 21;49(1):27-35. Epub 2016 Nov 21.
Christian R Marshall, Daniel P Howrigan, Daniele Merico, Bhooma Thiruvahindrapuram, Wenting Wu, Douglas S Greer, Danny Antaki, Aniket Shetty, Peter A Holmans, Dalila Pinto, Madhusudan Gujral, William M Brandler, Dheeraj Malhotra, Zhouzhi Wang, Karin V Fuentes Fajarado, Michelle S Maile, Stephan Ripke, Ingrid Agartz, Margot Albus, Madeline Alexander, Farooq Amin, Joshua Atkins, Silviu A Bacanu, Richard A Belliveau, Sarah E Bergen, Marcelo Bertalan, Elizabeth Bevilacqua, Tim B Bigdeli, Donald W Black, Richard Bruggeman, Nancy G Buccola, Randy L Buckner, Brendan Bulik-Sullivan, William Byerley, Wiepke Cahn, Guiqing Cai, Murray J Cairns, Dominique Campion, Rita M Cantor, Vaughan J Carr, Noa Carrera, Stanley V Catts, Kimberley D Chambert, Wei Cheng, C Robert Cloninger, David Cohen, Paul Cormican, Nick Craddock, Benedicto Crespo-Facorro, James J Crowley, David Curtis, Michael Davidson, Kenneth L Davis, Franziska Degenhardt, Jurgen Del Favero, Lynn E DeLisi, Dimitris Dikeos, Timothy Dinan, Srdjan Djurovic, Gary Donohoe, Elodie Drapeau, Jubao Duan, Frank Dudbridge, Peter Eichhammer, Johan Eriksson, Valentina Escott-Price, Laurent Essioux, Ayman H Fanous, Kai-How Farh, Martilias S Farrell, Josef Frank, Lude Franke, Robert Freedman, Nelson B Freimer, Joseph I Friedman, Andreas J Forstner, Menachem Fromer, Giulio Genovese, Lyudmila Georgieva, Elliot S Gershon, Ina Giegling, Paola Giusti-Rodríguez, Stephanie Godard, Jacqueline I Goldstein, Jacob Gratten, Lieuwe de Haan, Marian L Hamshere, Mark Hansen, Thomas Hansen, Vahram Haroutunian, Annette M Hartmann, Frans A Henskens, Stefan Herms, Joel N Hirschhorn, Per Hoffmann, Andrea Hofman, Hailiang Huang, Masashi Ikeda, Inge Joa, Anna K Kähler, René S Kahn, Luba Kalaydjieva, Juha Karjalainen, David Kavanagh, Matthew C Keller, Brian J Kelly, James L Kennedy, Yunjung Kim, James A Knowles, Bettina Konte, Claudine Laurent, Phil Lee, S Hong Lee, Sophie E Legge, Bernard Lerer, Deborah L Levy, Kung-Yee Liang, Jeffrey Lieberman, Jouko Lönnqvist, Carmel M Loughland, Patrik K E Magnusson, Brion S Maher, Wolfgang Maier, Jacques Mallet, Manuel Mattheisen, Morten Mattingsdal, Robert W McCarley, Colm McDonald, Andrew M McIntosh, Sandra Meier, Carin J Meijer, Ingrid Melle, Raquelle I Mesholam-Gately, Andres Metspalu, Patricia T Michie, Lili Milani, Vihra Milanova, Younes Mokrab, Derek W Morris, Bertram Müller-Myhsok, Kieran C Murphy, Robin M Murray, Inez Myin-Germeys, Igor Nenadic, Deborah A Nertney, Gerald Nestadt, Kristin K Nicodemus, Laura Nisenbaum, Annelie Nordin, Eadbhard O'Callaghan, Colm O'Dushlaine, Sang-Yun Oh, Ann Olincy, Line Olsen, F Anthony O'Neill, Jim Van Os, Christos Pantelis, George N Papadimitriou, Elena Parkhomenko, Michele T Pato, Tiina Paunio, , Diana O Perkins, Tune H Pers, Olli Pietiläinen, Jonathan Pimm, Andrew J Pocklington, John Powell, Alkes Price, Ann E Pulver, Shaun M Purcell, Digby Quested, Henrik B Rasmussen, Abraham Reichenberg, Mark A Reimers, Alexander L Richards, Joshua L Roffman, Panos Roussos, Douglas M Ruderfer, Veikko Salomaa, Alan R Sanders, Adam Savitz, Ulrich Schall, Thomas G Schulze, Sibylle G Schwab, Edward M Scolnick, Rodney J Scott, Larry J Seidman, Jianxin Shi, Jeremy M Silverman, Jordan W Smoller, Erik Söderman, Chris C A Spencer, Eli A Stahl, Eric Strengman, Jana Strohmaier, T Scott Stroup, Jaana Suvisaari, Dragan M Svrakic, Jin P Szatkiewicz, Srinivas Thirumalai, Paul A Tooney, Juha Veijola, Peter M Visscher, John Waddington, Dermot Walsh, Bradley T Webb, Mark Weiser, Dieter B Wildenauer, Nigel M Williams, Stephanie Williams, Stephanie H Witt, Aaron R Wolen, Brandon K Wormley, Naomi R Wray, Jing Qin Wu, Clement C Zai, Rolf Adolfsson, Ole A Andreassen, Douglas H R Blackwood, Elvira Bramon, Joseph D Buxbaum, Sven Cichon, David A Collier, Aiden Corvin, Mark J Daly, Ariel Darvasi, Enrico Domenici, Tõnu Esko, Pablo V Gejman, Michael Gill, Hugh Gurling, Christina M Hultman, Nakao Iwata, Assen V Jablensky, Erik G Jönsson, Kenneth S Kendler, George Kirov, Jo Knight, Douglas F Levinson, Qingqin S Li, Steven A McCarroll, Andrew McQuillin, Jennifer L Moran, Bryan J Mowry, Markus M Nöthen, Roel A Ophoff, Michael J Owen, Aarno Palotie, Carlos N Pato, Tracey L Petryshen, Danielle Posthuma, Marcella Rietschel, Brien P Riley, Dan Rujescu, Pamela Sklar, David St Clair, James T R Walters, Thomas Werge, Patrick F Sullivan, Michael C O'Donovan, Stephen W Scherer, Benjamin M Neale, Jonathan Sebat,
Copy number variants (CNVs) have been strongly implicated in the genetic etiology of schizophrenia (SCZ). However, genome-wide investigation of the contribution of CNV to risk has been hampered by limited sample sizes. We sought to address this obstacle by applying a centralized analysis pipeline to a SCZ cohort of 21,094 cases and 20,227 controls.

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Oct
2016

It is well known that inbreeding increases the risk of recessive monogenic diseases, but it is less certain whether it contributes to the etiology of complex diseases such as schizophrenia. One way to estimate the effects of inbreeding is to examine the association between disease diagnosis and genome-wide autozygosity estimated using runs of homozygosity (ROH) in genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism arrays. Using data for schizophrenia from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (n = 21,868), Keller et al.

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Oct
2016

Neuropeptides such as oxytocin (OXT) are known facilitators of social behavior across species. Variants of the OXT receptor gene (OXTR) have been tested for association with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) across manifold ethnicities, yielding both positive and negative findings. A recent meta-analysis, comprising 16 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), has corroborated the implication of OXTR in the etiology of ASD.

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Feb
2017

Stress increases the risk for major depressive disorder (MDD), overeating, and alcohol dependence (AD). The neuropeptide Y system is one of the best-known modulators of the stress response, and some of its effects are mediated through the neuropeptide Y receptor Y2 (NPY2R). The functional NPY2R variant rs6857715 (C-599T) has been implicated in both obesity and AD, but with opposing alleles.

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Feb
2017

Genome-wide Association for Major Depression Through Age at Onset Stratification: Major Depressive Disorder Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium.

Biol Psychiatry 2017 Feb 24;81(4):325-335. Epub 2016 May 24.
Robert A Power, Katherine E Tansey, Henriette Nørmølle Buttenschøn, Sarah Cohen-Woods, Tim Bigdeli, Lynsey S Hall, Zoltán Kutalik, S Hong Lee, Stephan Ripke, Stacy Steinberg, Alexander Teumer, Alexander Viktorin, Naomi R Wray, Volker Arolt, Bernard T Baune, Dorret I Boomsma, Anders D Børglum, Enda M Byrne, Enrique Castelao, Nick Craddock, Ian W Craig, Udo Dannlowski, Ian J Deary, Franziska Degenhardt, Andreas J Forstner, Scott D Gordon, Hans J Grabe, Jakob Grove, Steven P Hamilton, Caroline Hayward, Andrew C Heath, Lynne J Hocking, Georg Homuth, Jouke J Hottenga, Stefan Kloiber, Jesper Krogh, Mikael Landén, Maren Lang, Douglas F Levinson, Paul Lichtenstein, Susanne Lucae, Donald J MacIntyre, Pamela Madden, Patrik K E Magnusson, Nicholas G Martin, Andrew M McIntosh, Christel M Middeldorp, Yuri Milaneschi, Grant W Montgomery, Ole Mors, Bertram Müller-Myhsok, Dale R Nyholt, Hogni Oskarsson, Michael J Owen, Sandosh Padmanabhan, Brenda W J H Penninx, Michele L Pergadia, David J Porteous, James B Potash, Martin Preisig, Margarita Rivera, Jianxin Shi, Stanley I Shyn, Engilbert Sigurdsson, Johannes H Smit, Blair H Smith, Hreinn Stefansson, Kari Stefansson, Jana Strohmaier, Patrick F Sullivan, Pippa Thomson, Thorgeir E Thorgeirsson, Sandra Van der Auwera, Myrna M Weissman, , Gerome Breen, Cathryn M Lewis
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a disabling mood disorder, and despite a known heritable component, a large meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies revealed no replicable genetic risk variants. Given prior evidence of heterogeneity by age at onset in MDD, we tested whether genome-wide significant risk variants for MDD could be identified in cases subdivided by age at onset.
Discovery case-control genome-wide association studies were performed where cases were stratified using increasing/decreasing age-at-onset cutoffs; significant single nucleotide polymorphisms were tested in nine independent replication samples, giving a total sample of 22,158 cases and 133,749 control subjects for subsetting.

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Dec
1969

Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) receptors are highly expressed in the amygdala, caudate and hypothalamus. GATA4 gene encodes a transcription factor of ANP associated with the pathophysiology of alcohol dependence. We have previously demonstrated that the GATA4 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs13273672 revealed stronger alcohol-specific amygdala activation associated with lowered relapse risk to heavy drinking at 90 days in the AA-homozygotes.

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Dec
1969

Schizophrenia has a considerable genetic background. Epidemiological studies suggest an inverse clinical association between schizophrenia and migraine. However, it is unclear to what extent this inverse comorbidity can be explained by genetic mechanisms or by schizophrenia-related behavioral factors.

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Sep
2016

Nonsyndromic cleft with or without cleft palate (nsCL/P) is a common birth defect. Although genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified numerous risk variants, a considerable fraction of the genetic heritability remains unknown. The aim of the present study was to replicate a previous finding that de novo deletions in a 62 kb region of chromosome 7p14 are a risk factor for nsCL/P, using an independent cohort.

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Aug
2016

Common variants in the gene GATA binding protein 4 (GATA4) show association with alcohol dependence (AD). The aim of this study was to identify rare variants in GATA4 in order to elucidate the role of this gene in AD susceptibility. Identification of rare variants may provide a more complete picture of the allelic architecture at this risk locus.

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Aug
2016

Genome-wide association study of 40,000 individuals identifies two novel loci associated with bipolar disorder.

Hum Mol Genet 2016 Aug 21;25(15):3383-3394. Epub 2016 Jun 21.
Liping Hou, Sarah E Bergen, Nirmala Akula, Jie Song, Christina M Hultman, Mikael Landén, Mazda Adli, Martin Alda, Raffaella Ardau, Bárbara Arias, Jean-Michel Aubry, Lena Backlund, Judith A Badner, Thomas B Barrett, Michael Bauer, Bernhard T Baune, Frank Bellivier, Antonio Benabarre, Susanne Bengesser, Wade H Berrettini, Abesh Kumar Bhattacharjee, Joanna M Biernacka, Armin Birner, Cinnamon S Bloss, Clara Brichant-Petitjean, Elise T Bui, William Byerley, Pablo Cervantes, Caterina Chillotti, Sven Cichon, Francesc Colom, William Coryell, David W Craig, Cristiana Cruceanu, Piotr M Czerski, Tony Davis, Alexandre Dayer, Franziska Degenhardt, Maria Del Zompo, J Raymond DePaulo, Howard J Edenberg, Bruno Étain, Peter Falkai, Tatiana Foroud, Andreas J Forstner, Louise Frisén, Mark A Frye, Janice M Fullerton, Sébastien Gard, Julie S Garnham, Elliot S Gershon, Fernando S Goes, Tiffany A Greenwood, Maria Grigoroiu-Serbanescu, Joanna Hauser, Urs Heilbronner, Stefanie Heilmann-Heimbach, Stefan Herms, Maria Hipolito, Shashi Hitturlingappa, Per Hoffmann, Andrea Hofmann, Stephane Jamain, Esther Jiménez, Jean-Pierre Kahn, Layla Kassem, John R Kelsoe, Sarah Kittel-Schneider, Sebastian Kliwicki, Daniel L Koller, Barbara König, Nina Lackner, Gonzalo Laje, Maren Lang, Catharina Lavebratt, William B Lawson, Marion Leboyer, Susan G Leckband, Chunyu Liu, Anna Maaser, Pamela B Mahon, Wolfgang Maier, Mario Maj, Mirko Manchia, Lina Martinsson, Michael J McCarthy, Susan L McElroy, Melvin G McInnis, Rebecca McKinney, Philip B Mitchell, Marina Mitjans, Francis M Mondimore, Palmiero Monteleone, Thomas W Mühleisen, Caroline M Nievergelt, Markus M Nöthen, Tomas Novák, John I Nurnberger, Evaristus A Nwulia, Urban Ösby, Andrea Pfennig, James B Potash, Peter Propping, Andreas Reif, Eva Reininghaus, John Rice, Marcella Rietschel, Guy A Rouleau, Janusz K Rybakowski, Martin Schalling, William A Scheftner, Peter R Schofield, Nicholas J Schork, Thomas G Schulze, Johannes Schumacher, Barbara W Schweizer, Giovanni Severino, Tatyana Shekhtman, Paul D Shilling, Christian Simhandl, Claire M Slaney, Erin N Smith, Alessio Squassina, Thomas Stamm, Pavla Stopkova, Fabian Streit, Jana Strohmaier, Szabolcs Szelinger, Sarah K Tighe, Alfonso Tortorella, Gustavo Turecki, Eduard Vieta, Julia Volkert, Stephanie H Witt, Adam Wright, Peter P Zandi, Peng Zhang, Sebastian Zollner, Francis J McMahon
Bipolar disorder (BD) is a genetically complex mental illness characterized by severe oscillations of mood and behaviour. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified several risk loci that together account for a small portion of the heritability. To identify additional risk loci, we performed a two-stage meta-analysis of >9 million genetic variants in 9,784 bipolar disorder patients and 30,471 controls, the largest GWAS of BD to date.

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Jun
2017

Alopecia areata (AA) is a common hair loss disorder of autoimmune aetiology, which often results in pronounced psychological distress. Understanding of the pathophysiology of AA is increasing, due in part to recent genetic findings implicating common variants at several genetic loci. To date, no study has investigated the contribution of copy number variants (CNVs) to AA, a prominent class of genomic variants involved in other autoimmune disorders.

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Jul
2016

Bipolar disorder (BD) and schizophrenia (SCZ) are psychiatric disorders with shared and distinct clinical and genetic features. In both disorders, stress increases the risk for onset or relapse and dysregulation of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis has been reported. The latter is frequently investigated by measuring changes in the hormonal end product of the HPA axis, i.

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Dec
1969

We simultaneously investigated the genetic landscape of ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn's disease, psoriasis, primary sclerosing cholangitis and ulcerative colitis to investigate pleiotropy and the relationship between these clinically related diseases. Using high-density genotype data from more than 86,000 individuals of European ancestry, we identified 244 independent multidisease signals, including 27 new genome-wide significant susceptibility loci and 3 unreported shared risk loci. Complex pleiotropy was supported when contrasting multidisease signals with expression data sets from human, rat and mouse together with epigenetic and expressed enhancer profiles.

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Mar
2016

Genetic variants associated with response to lithium treatment in bipolar disorder: a genome-wide association study.

Lancet 2016 Mar 22;387(10023):1085-1093. Epub 2016 Jan 22.
Liping Hou, Urs Heilbronner, Franziska Degenhardt, Mazda Adli, Kazufumi Akiyama, Nirmala Akula, Raffaella Ardau, Bárbara Arias, Lena Backlund, Claudio E M Banzato, Antoni Benabarre, Susanne Bengesser, Abesh Kumar Bhattacharjee, Joanna M Biernacka, Armin Birner, Clara Brichant-Petitjean, Elise T Bui, Pablo Cervantes, Guo-Bo Chen, Hsi-Chung Chen, Caterina Chillotti, Sven Cichon, Scott R Clark, Francesc Colom, David A Cousins, Cristiana Cruceanu, Piotr M Czerski, Clarissa R Dantas, Alexandre Dayer, Bruno Étain, Peter Falkai, Andreas J Forstner, Louise Frisén, Janice M Fullerton, Sébastien Gard, Julie S Garnham, Fernando S Goes, Paul Grof, Oliver Gruber, Ryota Hashimoto, Joanna Hauser, Stefan Herms, Per Hoffmann, Andrea Hofmann, Stephane Jamain, Esther Jiménez, Jean-Pierre Kahn, Layla Kassem, Sarah Kittel-Schneider, Sebastian Kliwicki, Barbara König, Ichiro Kusumi, Nina Lackner, Gonzalo Laje, Mikael Landén, Catharina Lavebratt, Marion Leboyer, Susan G Leckband, Carlos A López Jaramillo, Glenda MacQueen, Mirko Manchia, Lina Martinsson, Manuel Mattheisen, Michael J McCarthy, Susan L McElroy, Marina Mitjans, Francis M Mondimore, Palmiero Monteleone, Caroline M Nievergelt, Markus M Nöthen, Urban Ösby, Norio Ozaki, Roy H Perlis, Andrea Pfennig, Daniela Reich-Erkelenz, Guy A Rouleau, Peter R Schofield, K Oliver Schubert, Barbara W Schweizer, Florian Seemüller, Giovanni Severino, Tatyana Shekhtman, Paul D Shilling, Kazutaka Shimoda, Christian Simhandl, Claire M Slaney, Jordan W Smoller, Alessio Squassina, Thomas Stamm, Pavla Stopkova, Sarah K Tighe, Alfonso Tortorella, Gustavo Turecki, Julia Volkert, Stephanie Witt, Adam Wright, L Trevor Young, Peter P Zandi, James B Potash, J Raymond DePaulo, Michael Bauer, Eva Z Reininghaus, Tomas Novák, Jean-Michel Aubry, Mario Maj, Bernhard T Baune, Philip B Mitchell, Eduard Vieta, Mark A Frye, Janusz K Rybakowski, Po-Hsiu Kuo, Tadafumi Kato, Maria Grigoroiu-Serbanescu, Andreas Reif, Maria Del Zompo, Frank Bellivier, Martin Schalling, Naomi R Wray, John R Kelsoe, Martin Alda, Marcella Rietschel, Francis J McMahon, Thomas G Schulze
Lithium is a first-line treatment in bipolar disorder, but individual response is variable. Previous studies have suggested that lithium response is a heritable trait. However, no genetic markers of treatment response have been reproducibly identified.

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Feb
2016

As evidenced by a multitude of studies, abnormalities in Theory of Mind (ToM) and its neural processing might constitute an intermediate phenotype of schizophrenia. If so, neural alterations during ToM should be observable in unaffected relatives of patients as well, since they share a considerable amount of genetic risk. While behaviorally, impaired ToM function is confirmed meta-analytically in relatives, evidence on aberrant function of the neural ToM network is sparse and inconclusive.

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Feb
2016

Bipolar disorder is a highly heritable polygenic disorder. Recent enrichment analyses suggest that there may be true risk variants for bipolar disorder in the expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) in the brain.
We sought to assess the impact of eQTL variants on bipolar disorder risk by combining data from both bipolar disorder genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and brain eQTL.

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Jul
2015

Transcription factor 4 (TCF4) is one of the most robust of all reported schizophrenia risk loci and is supported by several genetic and functional lines of evidence. While numerous studies have implicated common genetic variation at TCF4 in schizophrenia risk, the role of rare, small-sized variants at this locus-such as single nucleotide variants and short indels which are below the resolution of chip-based arrays requires further exploration. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association between rare TCF4 sequence variants and schizophrenia.

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Nov
2015

Genome-wide association studies have identified multiple risk variants and loci that show robust association with schizophrenia. Nevertheless, it remains unclear how these variants confer risk to schizophrenia. In addition, the driving force that maintains the schizophrenia risk variants in human gene pool is poorly understood.

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Dec
2014

The objective of this study was to investigate the hypothesis that borderline personality disorder (BPD) and bipolar disorder (BD) share genetic variation through analysis of known genetic risk factors for BD in a well-characterized BPD case-control cohort. Genotyping of five genome-wide significant variants identified for BD (in CACNA1C, ANK3, and ODZ4) was performed in 673 BPD cases and 748 controls. A nominally significant association with BPD was found for rs1006737 in CACNA1C (P=0.

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Mar
2015

To uncover novel causative genes in patients with unexplained adenomatous polyposis, a model disease for colorectal cancer, we performed a genome-wide analysis of germline copy number variants (CNV) in a large, well characterized APC and MUTYH mutation negative patient cohort followed by a targeted next generation sequencing (NGS) approach. Genomic DNA from 221 unrelated German patients was genotyped on high-resolution SNP arrays. Putative CNVs were filtered according to stringent criteria, compared with those of 531 population-based German controls, and validated by qPCR.

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Dec
1969

Bipolar disorder is one of the most common and devastating psychiatric disorders whose mechanisms remain largely unknown. Despite a strong genetic contribution demonstrated by twin and adoption studies, a polygenic background influences this multifactorial and heterogeneous psychiatric disorder. To identify susceptibility genes on a severe and more familial sub-form of the disease, we conducted a genome-wide association study focused on 211 patients of French origin with an early age at onset and 1,719 controls, and then replicated our data on a German sample of 159 patients with early-onset bipolar disorder and 998 controls.

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Sep
2014

Recently, de novo aberrations in PHF6 were identified in females with intellectual disability and with a distinct phenotype including a characteristic facial gestalt with bitemporal narrowing, prominent supraorbital ridges, synophrys, a short nose and dental anomalies, tapering fingers with brachytelephalangy, clinodactyly and hypoplastic nails, short toes with hypoplastic nails, and linear skin hyperpigmentation. In adolescent or older patients, this phenotype overlaps but is not identical with Borjeson-Forssman-Lehmann syndrome in males, caused by X-linked recessive mutations in PHF6. In younger girls there seems to be a striking phenotypic overlap with Coffin-Siris syndrome, which is characterized by intellectual disability, sparse hair and hypoplastic nails.

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Jan
2015

Genetic factors have as large role as environmental factors in the etiology of alcohol dependence (AD). Although genome-wide association studies (GWAS) enable systematic searches for loci not hitherto implicated in the etiology of AD, many true findings may be missed owing to correction for multiple testing. The aim of the present study was to circumvent this limitation by searching for biological system-level differences, and then following up these findings in humans and animals.

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Jul
2014

Loss-of-function mutations in APOC3, triglycerides, and coronary disease.

N Engl J Med 2014 Jul 18;371(1):22-31. Epub 2014 Jun 18.
, Jacy Crosby, Gina M Peloso, Paul L Auer, David R Crosslin, Nathan O Stitziel, Leslie A Lange, Yingchang Lu, Zheng-zheng Tang, He Zhang, George Hindy, Nicholas Masca, Kathleen Stirrups, Stavroula Kanoni, Ron Do, Goo Jun, Youna Hu, Hyun Min Kang, Chenyi Xue, Anuj Goel, Martin Farrall, Stefano Duga, Pier Angelica Merlini, Rosanna Asselta, Domenico Girelli, Oliviero Olivieri, Nicola Martinelli, Wu Yin, Dermot Reilly, Elizabeth Speliotes, Caroline S Fox, Kristian Hveem, Oddgeir L Holmen, Majid Nikpay, Deborah N Farlow, Themistocles L Assimes, Nora Franceschini, Jennifer Robinson, Kari E North, Lisa W Martin, Mark DePristo, Namrata Gupta, Stefan A Escher, Jan-Håkan Jansson, Natalie Van Zuydam, Colin N A Palmer, Nicholas Wareham, Werner Koch, Thomas Meitinger, Annette Peters, Wolfgang Lieb, Raimund Erbel, Inke R Konig, Jochen Kruppa, Franziska Degenhardt, Omri Gottesman, Erwin P Bottinger, Christopher J O'Donnell, Bruce M Psaty, Christie M Ballantyne, Goncalo Abecasis, Jose M Ordovas, Olle Melander, Hugh Watkins, Marju Orho-Melander, Diego Ardissino, Ruth J F Loos, Ruth McPherson, Cristen J Willer, Jeanette Erdmann, Alistair S Hall, Nilesh J Samani, Panos Deloukas, Heribert Schunkert, James G Wilson, Charles Kooperberg, Stephen S Rich, Russell P Tracy, Dan-Yu Lin, David Altshuler, Stacey Gabriel, Deborah A Nickerson, Gail P Jarvik, L Adrienne Cupples, Alex P Reiner, Eric Boerwinkle, Sekar Kathiresan
Plasma triglyceride levels are heritable and are correlated with the risk of coronary heart disease. Sequencing of the protein-coding regions of the human genome (the exome) has the potential to identify rare mutations that have a large effect on phenotype.
We sequenced the protein-coding regions of 18,666 genes in each of 3734 participants of European or African ancestry in the Exome Sequencing Project.

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Jun
2014

In the present study, an integrated hierarchical approach was applied to: (1) identify pathways associated with susceptibility to schizophrenia; (2) detect genes that may be potentially affected in these pathways since they contain an associated polymorphism; and (3) annotate the functional consequences of such single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the affected genes or their regulatory regions. The Global Test was applied to detect schizophrenia-associated pathways using discovery and replication datasets comprising 5,040 and 5,082 individuals of European ancestry, respectively. Information concerning functional gene-sets was retrieved from the Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes, Gene Ontology, and the Molecular Signatures Database.

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Nov
2014

Copy number variants (CNVs) have been shown to affect susceptibility for neuropsychiatric disorders. To date, studies implicating the serotonergic system in complex conditions have just focused on single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). We therefore sought to identify novel common genetic copy number polymorphisms affecting genes of the serotonergic system, and to assess their putative role in bipolar affective disorder (BPAD) and major depressive disorder (MDD).

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Jul
2014

Variation in the CACNA1C gene has consistently been associated with psychosis in genome wide association studies. We have previously shown in a sample of n=110 healthy subjects that carriers of the CACNA1C rs1006737 risk variant exhibit hippocampal and perigenual anterior cingulate dysfunction (pgACC) during episodic memory recall. Here, we aimed to replicate our results, by testing for the effects of the rs1006737 risk variant in a new large cohort of healthy controls.

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Mar
2014

Bipolar disorder (BD) is a common and highly heritable mental illness and genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have robustly identified the first common genetic variants involved in disease aetiology. The data also provide strong evidence for the presence of multiple additional risk loci, each contributing a relatively small effect to BD susceptibility. Large samples are necessary to detect these risk loci.

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Dec
2013

The 22q11.2 deletion is the strongest known genetic risk factor for schizophrenia. Research has implicated microRNA-mediated dysregulation in 22q11.

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Dec
2013

Borjeson-Forssman-Lehmann syndrome (BFLS) is an X-linked recessive intellectual disability (ID) disorder caused by mutations in the PHF6 gene and characterised by variable cognitive impairment, a distinct facial gestalt, obesity, and hypogonadism. Female carriers are usually not affected or only mildly affected, and so far only two females with de novo mutations or deletions in PHF6 have been reported.
We performed PHF6 mutational analysis and screening for intragenic deletions and duplications by quantitative real-time PCR and multiplex ligation dependent probe amplification (MLPA) in female patients with variable ID and a distinct appearance of sparse hair, remarkable facial features, hypoplastic nails, and teeth anomalies.

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Sep
2013

Genetic relationship between five psychiatric disorders estimated from genome-wide SNPs.

Nat Genet 2013 Sep 11;45(9):984-94. Epub 2013 Aug 11.
, S Hong Lee, Stephan Ripke, Benjamin M Neale, Stephen V Faraone, Shaun M Purcell, Roy H Perlis, Bryan J Mowry, Anita Thapar, Michael E Goddard, John S Witte, Devin Absher, Ingrid Agartz, Huda Akil, Farooq Amin, Ole A Andreassen, Adebayo Anjorin, Richard Anney, Verneri Anttila, Dan E Arking, Philip Asherson, Maria H Azevedo, Lena Backlund, Judith A Badner, Anthony J Bailey, Tobias Banaschewski, Jack D Barchas, Michael R Barnes, Thomas B Barrett, Nicholas Bass, Agatino Battaglia, Michael Bauer, Mònica Bayés, Frank Bellivier, Sarah E Bergen, Wade Berrettini, Catalina Betancur, Thomas Bettecken, Joseph Biederman, Elisabeth B Binder, Donald W Black, Douglas H R Blackwood, Cinnamon S Bloss, Michael Boehnke, Dorret I Boomsma, Gerome Breen, René Breuer, Richard Bruggeman, Paul Cormican, Nancy G Buccola, Jan K Buitelaar, William E Bunney, Joseph D Buxbaum, William F Byerley, Enda M Byrne, Sian Caesar, Wiepke Cahn, Rita M Cantor, Miguel Casas, Aravinda Chakravarti, Kimberly Chambert, Khalid Choudhury, Sven Cichon, C Robert Cloninger, David A Collier, Edwin H Cook, Hilary Coon, Bru Cormand, Aiden Corvin, William H Coryell, David W Craig, Ian W Craig, Jennifer Crosbie, Michael L Cuccaro, David Curtis, Darina Czamara, Susmita Datta, Geraldine Dawson, Richard Day, Eco J De Geus, Franziska Degenhardt, Srdjan Djurovic, Gary J Donohoe, Alysa E Doyle, Jubao Duan, Frank Dudbridge, Eftichia Duketis, Richard P Ebstein, Howard J Edenberg, Josephine Elia, Sean Ennis, Bruno Etain, Ayman Fanous, Anne E Farmer, I Nicol Ferrier, Matthew Flickinger, Eric Fombonne, Tatiana Foroud, Josef Frank, Barbara Franke, Christine Fraser, Robert Freedman, Nelson B Freimer, Christine M Freitag, Marion Friedl, Louise Frisén, Louise Gallagher, Pablo V Gejman, Lyudmila Georgieva, Elliot S Gershon, Daniel H Geschwind, Ina Giegling, Michael Gill, Scott D Gordon, Katherine Gordon-Smith, Elaine K Green, Tiffany A Greenwood, Dorothy E Grice, Magdalena Gross, Detelina Grozeva, Weihua Guan, Hugh Gurling, Lieuwe De Haan, Jonathan L Haines, Hakon Hakonarson, Joachim Hallmayer, Steven P Hamilton, Marian L Hamshere, Thomas F Hansen, Annette M Hartmann, Martin Hautzinger, Andrew C Heath, Anjali K Henders, Stefan Herms, Ian B Hickie, Maria Hipolito, Susanne Hoefels, Peter A Holmans, Florian Holsboer, Witte J Hoogendijk, Jouke-Jan Hottenga, Christina M Hultman, Vanessa Hus, Andrés Ingason, Marcus Ising, Stéphane Jamain, Edward G Jones, Ian Jones, Lisa Jones, Jung-Ying Tzeng, Anna K Kähler, René S Kahn, Radhika Kandaswamy, Matthew C Keller, James L Kennedy, Elaine Kenny, Lindsey Kent, Yunjung Kim, George K Kirov, Sabine M Klauck, Lambertus Klei, James A Knowles, Martin A Kohli, Daniel L Koller, Bettina Konte, Ania Korszun, Lydia Krabbendam, Robert Krasucki, Jonna Kuntsi, Phoenix Kwan, Mikael Landén, Niklas Långström, Mark Lathrop, Jacob Lawrence, William B Lawson, Marion Leboyer, David H Ledbetter, Phil H Lee, Todd Lencz, Klaus-Peter Lesch, Douglas F Levinson, Cathryn M Lewis, Jun Li, Paul Lichtenstein, Jeffrey A Lieberman, Dan-Yu Lin, Don H Linszen, Chunyu Liu, Falk W Lohoff, Sandra K Loo, Catherine Lord, Jennifer K Lowe, Susanne Lucae, Donald J MacIntyre, Pamela A F Madden, Elena Maestrini, Patrik K E Magnusson, Pamela B Mahon, Wolfgang Maier, Anil K Malhotra, Shrikant M Mane, Christa L Martin, Nicholas G Martin, Manuel Mattheisen, Keith Matthews, Morten Mattingsdal, Steven A McCarroll, Kevin A McGhee, James J McGough, Patrick J McGrath, Peter McGuffin, Melvin G McInnis, Andrew McIntosh, Rebecca McKinney, Alan W McLean, Francis J McMahon, William M McMahon, Andrew McQuillin, Helena Medeiros, Sarah E Medland, Sandra Meier, Ingrid Melle, Fan Meng, Jobst Meyer, Christel M Middeldorp, Lefkos Middleton, Vihra Milanova, Ana Miranda, Anthony P Monaco, Grant W Montgomery, Jennifer L Moran, Daniel Moreno-De-Luca, Gunnar Morken, Derek W Morris, Eric M Morrow, Valentina Moskvina, Pierandrea Muglia, Thomas W Mühleisen, Walter J Muir, Bertram Müller-Myhsok, Michael Murtha, Richard M Myers, Inez Myin-Germeys, Michael C Neale, Stan F Nelson, Caroline M Nievergelt, Ivan Nikolov, Vishwajit Nimgaonkar, Willem A Nolen, Markus M Nöthen, John I Nurnberger, Evaristus A Nwulia, Dale R Nyholt, Colm O'Dushlaine, Robert D Oades, Ann Olincy, Guiomar Oliveira, Line Olsen, Roel A Ophoff, Urban Osby, Michael J Owen, Aarno Palotie, Jeremy R Parr, Andrew D Paterson, Carlos N Pato, Michele T Pato, Brenda W Penninx, Michele L Pergadia, Margaret A Pericak-Vance, Benjamin S Pickard, Jonathan Pimm, Joseph Piven, Danielle Posthuma, James B Potash, Fritz Poustka, Peter Propping, Vinay Puri, Digby J Quested, Emma M Quinn, Josep Antoni Ramos-Quiroga, Henrik B Rasmussen, Soumya Raychaudhuri, Karola Rehnström, Andreas Reif, Marta Ribasés, John P Rice, Marcella Rietschel, Kathryn Roeder, Herbert Roeyers, Lizzy Rossin, Aribert Rothenberger, Guy Rouleau, Douglas Ruderfer, Dan Rujescu, Alan R Sanders, Stephan J Sanders, Susan L Santangelo, Joseph A Sergeant, Russell Schachar, Martin Schalling, Alan F Schatzberg, William A Scheftner, Gerard D Schellenberg, Stephen W Scherer, Nicholas J Schork, Thomas G Schulze, Johannes Schumacher, Markus Schwarz, Edward Scolnick, Laura J Scott, Jianxin Shi, Paul D Shilling, Stanley I Shyn, Jeremy M Silverman, Susan L Slager, Susan L Smalley, Johannes H Smit, Erin N Smith, Edmund J S Sonuga-Barke, David St Clair, Matthew State, Michael Steffens, Hans-Christoph Steinhausen, John S Strauss, Jana Strohmaier, T Scott Stroup, James S Sutcliffe, Peter Szatmari, Szabocls Szelinger, Srinivasa Thirumalai, Robert C Thompson, Alexandre A Todorov, Federica Tozzi, Jens Treutlein, Manfred Uhr, Edwin J C G van den Oord, Gerard Van Grootheest, Jim Van Os, Astrid M Vicente, Veronica J Vieland, John B Vincent, Peter M Visscher, Christopher A Walsh, Thomas H Wassink, Stanley J Watson, Myrna M Weissman, Thomas Werge, Thomas F Wienker, Ellen M Wijsman, Gonneke Willemsen, Nigel Williams, A Jeremy Willsey, Stephanie H Witt, Wei Xu, Allan H Young, Timothy W Yu, Stanley Zammit, Peter P Zandi, Peng Zhang, Frans G Zitman, Sebastian Zöllner, Bernie Devlin, John R Kelsoe, Pamela Sklar, Mark J Daly, Michael C O'Donovan, Nicholas Craddock, Patrick F Sullivan, Jordan W Smoller, Kenneth S Kendler, Naomi R Wray,
Most psychiatric disorders are moderately to highly heritable. The degree to which genetic variation is unique to individual disorders or shared across disorders is unclear. To examine shared genetic etiology, we use genome-wide genotype data from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC) for cases and controls in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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Dec
1969

Large rare copy number variants (CNVs) have been recognized as significant genetic risk factors for the development of schizophrenia (SCZ). However, due to their low frequency (1∶150 to 1∶1000) among patients, large sample sizes are needed to detect an association between specific CNVs and SCZ. So far, the majority of genome-wide CNV analyses have focused on reporting only CNVs that reached a significant P-value within the study cohort and merely confirmed the frequency of already-established risk-carrying CNVs.

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Dec
2013

The acronym VATER/VACTERL association describes the combination of at least three of the following congenital anomalies: vertebral defects (V), anorectal malformations (A), cardiac defects (C), tracheoesophageal fistula with or without esophageal atresia (TE), renal malformations (R), and limb defects (L). We aimed to identify highly penetrant de novo copy number variations (CNVs) that contribute to VATER/VACTERL association. Array-based molecular karyotyping was performed in a cohort of 41 patients with VATER/VACTERL association and 6 patients with VATER/VACTERL-like phenotype including all of the patients' parents.

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Mar
2013

Large genomic copy number variations have been implicated as strong risk factors for schizophrenia. However, the rarity of these events has created challenges for the identification of further pathogenic loci, and extremely large samples are required to provide convincing replication.
To detect novel copy number variations that increase the susceptibility to schizophrenia by using 2 ethnically homogeneous discovery cohorts and replication in large samples.

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