1J. Hum. Genet. 2010 May 55: 285-92
TitleAn integrated genomic analysis of gene-function correlation on schizophrenia susceptibility genes.
Abstractschizophrenia is a highly complex inheritable disease characterized by numerous genetic susceptibility elements, each contributing a modest increase in risk for the disease. Although numerous linkage or association studies have identified a large set of schizophrenia-associated loci, many are controversial. In addition, only a small portion of these loci overlaps with the large cumulative pool of genes that have shown changes of expression in schizophrenia. Here, we applied a genomic gene-function approach to identify susceptibility loci that show direct effect on gene expression, leading to functional abnormalities in schizophrenia. We carried out an integrated analysis by cross-examination of the literature-based susceptibility loci with the schizophrenia-associated expression gene list obtained from our previous microarray study (Journal of Human Genetics (2009) 54: 665-75) using bioinformatic tools, followed by confirmation of gene expression changes using qPCR. We found nine genes (CHGB, SLC18A2, SLC25A27, ESD, C4A/C4B, TCP1, CHL1 and CTNNA2) demonstrate gene-function correlation involving: synapse and neurotransmission; energy metabolism and defense mechanisms; and molecular chaperone and cytoskeleton. Our findings further support the roles of these genes in genetic influence and functional consequences on the development of schizophrenia. It is interesting to note that four of the nine genes are located on chromosome 6, suggesting a special chromosomal vulnerability in schizophrenia.
SCZ Keywordsschizophrenia, schizophrenic