• Genome-wide search for schizophrenia susceptibility loci: The NIMH genetics initiative and millennium consortium

      Cloninger, C. Robert; Kaufmann, Charles A.; Faraone, Stephen V.; Malaspina, Dolores; Svrakic, Dragan M.; Harkavy-Friedman, Jill; Suarez, Brian K.; Matise, Tara C.; Shore, David; Lee, Hang; et al. (Wiley, 1998-07-10)
      chizophrenia has a complex pattern of inheritance, indicative of interactions among multiple genes and environmental factors. The detection and replication of specific susceptibility loci for such complex disorders are facilitated by the availability of large samples of affected sib pairs and their nuclear families, along with standardized assessment and systematic ascertainment procedures. The NIMH Genetics Initiative on Schizophrenia, a multisite collaborative study, was established as a national resource with a centralized clinical data base and cell repository. The Millennium Schizophrenia Consortium has completed a genome-wide scan to detect susceptibility loci for schizophrenia in 244 individuals from the nuclear families of 92 independent pairs of schizophrenic sibs ascertained by the NIMH Genetics Initiative. The 459 marker loci used in the scan were spaced at 10-cM intervals on average. Individuals of African descent were higher than those of European descent in their average heterozygosity (79% vs. 76%, P < .0001) and number of alleles per marker (9.2 vs. 8.4, P < .0001). Also, the allele frequencies of 73% of the marker loci differed significantly (P < .01) between individuals of European and African ancestry. However, regardless of ethnic background, this sample was largely comprised of schizophrenics with more than a decade of psychosis associated with pervasive social and occupational impairment. Am. J. Med. Genet. (Neuropsychiatr. Genet.) 81:275–281, 1998. © 1998 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
    • NIMH genetics initiative millennium schizophrenia consortium: Linkage analysis of African-American pedigrees

      Kaufmann, Charles A.; Suarez, Brian; Malaspina, Dolores; Pepple, John; Svrakic, Dragan; Markel, Paul D.; Meyer, Joanne; Zambuto, Christopher T.; Schmitt, Karin; Matise, Tara Cox; et al. (Wiley, 1998-07-10)
      The NIMH Genetics Initiative is a multi-site collaborative study designed to create a national resource for genetic studies of complex neuropsychiatric disorders. Schizophrenia pedigrees have been collected at three sites: Washington University, Columbia University, and Harvard University. This article—one in a series that describes the results of a genome-wide scan with 459 short-tandem repeat (STR) markers for susceptibility loci in the NIMH Genetics Initiative schizophrenia sample—presents results for African-American pedigrees. The African-American sample comprises 30 nuclear families and 98 subjects. Seventy-nine of the family members were considered affected by virtue of having received a DSMIII-R diagnosis of schizophrenia (n = 71) or schizoaffective disorder, depressed (n = 8). The families contained a total of 42 independent sib pairs. While no region demonstrated evidence of significant linkage using the criteria suggested by Lander and Kruglyak, several regions, including chromosomes 6q16-6q24, 8pter-8q12, 9q32-9q34, and 15p13-15q12, showed evidence consistent with linkage (P = 0.01–0.05), providing independent support of findings reported in other studies. Moreover, the fact that different genetic loci were identified in this and in the European-American samples, lends credence to the notion that these genetic differences together with differences in environmental exposures may contribute to the reported differences in disease prevalence, severity, comorbidity, and course that has been observed in different racial groups in the United States and elsewhere. Am. J. Med. Genet. (Neuropsychiatr. Genet.) 81:282–289, 1998. © 1998 Wiley-Liss, Inc.