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J Affect Disord. 2013 Feb 20;145(2):200-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2012.07.032. Epub 2012 Aug 25.

A genome-wide association study of seasonal pattern mania identifies NF1A as a possible susceptibility gene for bipolar disorder.

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Department of Psychiatry, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The use of subphenotypes may be an effective approach for genetic studies of complex diseases. Manic episodes with a seasonal pattern may distinguish phenotypic subgroups of bipolar subjects that may also differ genetically.

METHOD:

We have performed a genome-wide association study using GAIN genotype data from the Bipolar Genome Study (BiGS) and bipolar subjects that were categorized as having either seasonal or non-seasonal patterned manic episodes.

RESULTS:

A bipolar case-only analysis identified three genomic regions that differed between seasonal and non-seasonal patterned manic episodes of bipolar subjects. The most significant association was for rs41350144, which lies within an intron of NF1A gene on 1p31 (P=3.08×10(-7), OR=2.27). Haplotype construction using flanking three SNPs (rs41453448, rs1125777, and rs12568010) spanning 7549bp showed a more significant association (P=2.12×10(-7), OR=0.4).

CONCLUSIONS:

These data suggest that genetic variants in the NF1A gene region may predispose to seasonal patterned of mania in bipolar disorder.

PMID:
22925353
DOI:
10.1016/j.jad.2012.07.032
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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