• Evidence for the multigenic inheritance of schizophrenia

      Freedman, Robert; Leonard, Sherry; Olincy, Ann; Kaufmann, Charles A.; Malaspina, Dolores; Cloninger, C. Robert; Svrakic, Dragan; Faraone, Stephen V.; Tsuang, Ming T. (Wiley, 2002-08-21)
      Schizophrenia is assumed to have complex inheritance because of its high prevalence and sporadic familial transmission. Findings of linkage on different chromosomes in various studies corroborate this assumption. It is not known whether these ®endings represent heterogeneous inheritance, in which various ethnic groups inherit illness through different major gene effects, or multigenic inheritance, in which affected individuals inherit several common genetic abnormalities. This study therefore examined inheritance of schizophrenia at different genetic loci in a nationally collected European American and African American sample. Seventy-seven families were previously genotyped at 458 markers for the NIMH Schizophrenia Genetics Initiative. Initial genetic analysis tested a dominant model, with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, depressed type, as the affected phenotype. The families showed one genome-wide significant linkage (Z ¼ 3.97) at chromosome 15q14, which maps within 1 cM of a previous linkage at the a7-nicotinic receptor gene. Chromosome 10p13 showed suggestive linkage (Z ¼ 2.40). Six others (6q21, 9q32, 13q32, 15q24, 17p12, 20q13) were positive, with few differences between the two ethnic groups. The probability of each family transmitting schizophrenia through two genes is greater than expected from the combination of the independent segregation of each gene. Two trait-locus linkage analysis supports a model in which genetic alleles associated with schizophrenia are relatively common in the general population and affected individuals inherit risk for illness through at least two different loci.
    • Further investigation of a chromosome 15 locus in schizophrenia: Analysis of affected sibpairs from the NIMH genetics initiative

      Leonard, Sherry; Gault, Judith; Moore, Theodore; Hopkins, Jan; Robinson, Misi; Olincy, Ann; Adler, Lawrence E.; Cloninger, C. Robert; Kaufmann, Charles A.; Tsuang, Ming T.; et al. (Wiley, 1998-07-10)
      Linkage of a neurophysiological deficit associated with schizophrenia, i.e., the failure to inhibit the auditory P50 response, was previously reported at chromosome 15q14. The marker with the highest pairwise lod score, D15S1360, was isolated from a yeast artificial chromosome containing a candidate gene, the α7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptor gene. In the present study, this linkage was further investigated in a subset of the NIMH Genetics Initiative schizophrenia families. These families have not been studied neurophysiologically, as were the families in the original report. Therefore, the DSMIII-R diagnosis of schizophrenia was used as the affected phenotype. Twenty families fulfilled the criteria of at least one sibpair concordant for schizophrenia, along with their two parents or another affected relative outside the nuclear family, available for genotyping. Sibpair analysis showed a significant proportion of D15S1360 alleles shared identical-by-descent (0.58; P < 0.0024). The results further support the involvement of this chromosomal locus in the genetic transmission of schizophrenia. Am. J. Med. Genet. (Neuropsychiatr. Genet.) 81:308–312, 1998. © 1998 Wiley-Liss, Inc.