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Biol Psychiatry. 2006 Jul 15;60(2):115-22.

Genetics of chromosome 15q13-q14 in schizophrenia.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, Fitzsimmons Campus, Aurora, Colorado 80045, USA. Sherry.Leonard@UCHSC.edu

Abstract

Positive genetic linkage to the 15q13-q14 region has been found in 11 studies, and several association reports support this locus as a candidate region for schizophrenia. The locus is unusual in that it was first linked to an endophenotype found in schizophrenia, the P50 deficit, and subsequently to schizophrenia. There is also biological data showing that a candidate gene in the region, the alpha7 nicotinic receptor CHRNA7, plays a seminal role in the linked endophenotype, and is decreased in expression in the patient population. The 15q13-q14 region is complicated by a partial duplication of the CHRNA7 gene that includes exons 5-10 and considerable sequence downstream. Evidence from multiple studies supports a broad region of genetic linkage around the marker D15S1360.

PMID:
16843094
DOI:
10.1016/j.biopsych.2006.03.054
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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