Wilson GM, Flibotte S, Chopra V, Melnyk BL, Honer WG, Holt RA. DNA copy-number analysis in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia reveals aberrations in genes involved in glutamate signaling. Hum Mol Genet 15: 743-749

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Human Molecular Genetics (Impact Factor: 6.39). 04/2006; 15(5):743-9. DOI: 10.1093/hmg/ddi489
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Using bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) array comparative genome hybridization (aCGH) at approximately 1.4 Mbp resolution, we screened post-mortem brain DNA from bipolar disorder cases, schizophrenia cases and control individuals (n=35 each) for DNA copy-number aberrations. DNA copy number is a largely unexplored source of human genetic variation that may contribute risk for complex disease. We report aberrations at four loci which were seen in affected but not control individuals, and which were verified by quantitative real-time PCR. These aberrant loci contained the genes encoding EFNA5, GLUR7, CACNG2 and AKAP5; all brain-expressed proteins with known or postulated roles in neuronal function, and three of which (GLUR7, CACNG2 and AKAP5) are involved in glutamate signaling. A second cohort of psychiatric samples was also tested by quantitative PCR using the primer/probe sets for EFNA5, GLUR7, CACNG2 and AKAP5, and samples with aberrant copy number were found at three of the four loci (GLUR7, CACNG2 and AKAP5). Further scrutiny of these regions may reveal insights into the etiology and genetic risk factors for these complex psychiatric disorders.

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    • "The glutamatergic NMDA signalling complex has been found to be dysregulated in the post-mortem hippocampus of individuals with BD (McCullumsmith et al. 2007). Variation within the glutamate metabotropic 7 receptor gene (GRM7) has been shown to be associated with BD (Kandaswamy et al. 2014) and copy number variation in glutamatergic genes have also shown to be more prevalent in BD post-mortem brains compared to controls (Wilson et al. 2006). As stated before, BD and alcohol use disorder (AUD) is often found to be comorbid (Hsieh et al. 2012). "
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    ABSTRACT: Glutamatergic neurotransmission has been shown to be dysregulated in bipolar disorder (BD), alcohol use disorder (AUD) and substance use disorder (SUD). Similarly, disruption in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA)-axis has also been observed in these conditions. BD is often comorbid with AUD and SUD. The effects of the glutamatergic and HPA systems have not been extensively examined in individuals with BD-AUD and BD-SUD comorbidity. The aim of this investigation was to determine whether variants in the glutamatergic pathway and HPA-axis are associated with BD-AUD and BD-SUD comorbidity. The research cohort consisted of 498 individuals with BD type I from the Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD). A subset of the cohort had comorbid current AUD and current SUD. A total of 1935 SNPs from both the glutamatergic and HPA pathways were selected from the STEP-BD genome-wide dataset. To identify population stratification, IBS clustering was performed using the program Plink 1.07. Single SNP association and gene-based association testing were conducted using logistic regression. A pathway analysis of glutamatergic and HPA genes was performed, after imputation using IMPUTE2. No single SNP was associated with BD-AUD or BD-SUD comorbidity after correction for multiple testing. However, from the gene-based analysis, the gene PRKCI was significantly associated with BD-AUD. The pathway analysis provided overall negative findings, although several genes including GRIN2B showed high percentage of associated SNPs for BD-AUD. Even though the glutamatergic and HPA pathways may not be involved in BD-AUD and BD-SUD comorbidity, PRKCI deserves further investigation in BD-AUD.
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    • "Most of them are altered in bipolar disorder (Bernstein et al. 2013). A study of CNVs in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia cases that map to locicontaining brain-expressed genes, proves AKAP5 is included in neuronal function (Wilson et al. 2006). The increased copy number of AKAP5 is confirmed in a single bipolar-disorder sample. "
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Kinase Anchoring Proteins (AKAPs) have evolved to regulate the spatial and temporal organization of cellular signal transduction. As a typical member, AKAP5 which consisting of three orthologues: bovine AKAP75, rodent AKAP150 and human AKAP79, is the best known model in the anchoring and targeting properties. It is shown that AKAP5 can bind β2-adrenergic receptor, which is a member of GPCR superfamily, and orchestrate the interactions of various protein kinases, protein phosphatases and cytoskeletal element. AKAP5 is originally identified as a component of the postsynaptic density in neurons and plays a vital role in modulating neuronal activities. Subsequently, the AKAP5 complexes are also detected in other tissues and participated in various processes.
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    • "and 22q deletions with autism (Kumar et al, 2008; Marshall et al, 2008; Mefford et al, 2009; Sebat et al, 2007; Weiss et al, 2008) and the 15q13.3 and 1q21.1 deletions with schizophrenia (International Schizophrenia Consortium, 2008; Stefansson et al, 2008; Vrijenhoek et al, 2008; Wilson et al, 2006; Xu et al, 2008). There is no published GWAS that has systematically evaluated CNVs in SD, although such variation may be important in regulating the phenotype. "
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    ABSTRACT: Single nucleotide polymorphisms that have been associated with opioid dependence (OD) altogether account for only a small proportion of the known heritability. Most of the genetic risk factors are unknown. Some of the "missing heritability" might be explained by copy number variations (CNVs) in the human genome. We used Illumina HumanOmni1 arrays to genotype 5,152 African-American and European-American OD cases and screened controls and implemented combined CNV calling methods. After quality control measures were applied, a genomewide association study (GWAS) of CNVs with OD was performed. For common CNVs, two deletions and one duplication were significantly associated with OD genomewide (e.g., P=2 × 10(-8) and OR (95% CI)=0.64 (0.54-0.74) for a chromosome 18q12.3 deletion). Several rare or unique CNVs showed suggestive or marginal significance with large effect sizes. This study is the first GWAS of OD using CNVs. Some identified CNVs harbor genes newly identified here to be of biological importance in addiction, while others affect genes previously known to contribute to substance dependence risk. Our findings augment our specific knowledge of the importance of genomic variation in addictive disorders, and provide an addiction CNV pool for further research. These findings require replication.Neuropsychopharmacology accepted article preview online, 27 October 2014. doi:10.1038/npp.2014.290.
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