1Biol. Psychiatry 2008 Jan 63: 24-31
TitleDysbindin (DTNBP1) and the biogenesis of lysosome-related organelles complex 1 (BLOC-1): main and epistatic gene effects are potential contributors to schizophrenia susceptibility.
AbstractThe DTNBP1 gene, encoding dysbindin, has been strongly implicated in schizophrenia (SZ) susceptibility by a series of independent genetic association and gene expression studies. Among its known functions, dysbindin is part of a protein complex, termed the biogenesis of lysosome-related organelles complex 1 (BLOC-1), the molecular components of which might be involved in the regulation of vesicular trafficking and dendrite branching.
A systematic investigation of the other seven BLOC-1 genes (MUTED, PLDN, CNO, SNAPAP, BLOC1S1, BLOC1S2, and BLOC1S3) for evidence of association with SZ was undertaken in a sample of 373 SZ cases and 812 control subjects. Possible epistasis between combinations of BLOC-1 genes, including DTNBP1, was tested with a novel method of investigating for gene-gene interaction. Quality control measures were incorporated into genotyping strategy, and all results were corrected for multiple testing to prevent false positive results.
We identified significant evidence of association between BLOC1S3 and SZ (odds ratio = 1.45, confidence interval = 1.13-1.86, p = .0028, corrected p = .0389). We also report evidence for epistatic interaction between DTNBP1 and MUTED contributing to SZ in the absence of a significant main effect at MUTED (p = .0009, corrected p = .0252). Single marker and epistasis results remained significant after correction for multiple testing.
Together these data provide evidence for the involvement of the BLOC-1 protein complex in SZ pathogenesis.
SCZ Keywordsschizophrenia