Association of synapsin 2 with schizophrenia in families of Northern European ancestry

Viatcheslav Saviouk, Michael P. Moreau, Irina V. Tereshchenko, Linda M. Brzustowicz

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The synapsin 2 (Syn2) gene (3p25) is implicated in synaptogenesis, neurotransmitter release, and the localization of nitric oxide synthase to the proximity of its targets. In this study we investigated linkage and association between the Syn2 locus and schizophrenia. 37 pedigrees of Northern European ancestry from the NIMH Human Genetics Initiative collection were used. Four microsatellites and twenty SNPs were genotyped. Linkage (FASTLINK) and association (TRANSMIT, PDTPHASE) between markers and schizophrenia were evaluated. A maximum heterogeneity LOD of 1.93 was observed at marker D3S3434 with a recessive mode of inheritance. Significant results were obtained for association with schizophrenia using TRANSMIT (minimum nominal p = 0.0000005) and PDTPHASE (minimum nominal p = 0.014) using single marker analyses. Haplotype analysis using markers in introns 5 and 6 of Syn2 provided a single haplotype that is significantly associated with schizophrenia using TRANSMIT (nominal p < 0.00000001) and PDTPHASE (nominal p = 0.02). Simulation studies confirm the global significance of these results, but demonstrate that the small p-values generated by the bootstrap routine of TRANSMIT can be consistently anticonservative. Review of the literature suggests that Syn2 is likely to be involved in the etiology or pathogenesis of schizophrenia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-111
Number of pages12
JournalSchizophrenia Research
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Nov 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


  • Family based association tests
  • Linkage
  • Linkage disequilibrium
  • Schizophrenia
  • Synapsins

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