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Original Article

Exp Neurobiol 2012; 21(4): 158-163

Published online December 30, 2012

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Association between a Missense Polymorphism (rs3924999, Arg253Gln) of Neuregulin 1 and Schizophrenia in Korean Population

Seung-Ae Yang*

College of Nursing, Sungshin Women's University, Seoul 136-742, Korea

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Neuregulin 1 (NRG1) is associated with the pathogenesis of schizophrenia through controlling activation and signaling of neurotransmitter receptors. Influence to schizophrenia development by the NRG1 gene may differ in individuals, and genetic polymorphism is one of the factors affecting their differences. Association between three single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (rs7014762, -1174 A/T; rs11998176, -788 A/T; rs3924999, Arg253Gln) of NRG1 and the development of schizophrenia was analyzed in 221 schizophrneia and 359 control subjects. Polymerase chain reaction and direct sequencing were performed to obtain genotype data of NRG1 SNPs of the subjects. In analysis of genetic data, multiple logistic regression models (codominant1, codominant2, dominant, recessive, and log-additive model) were applied. SNPStats and SPSS 18.0 were used to calculate odds ratio (OR), 95% confidence interval (CI), and p-value of each model. The genotype distributions of rs3924999 were associated with schizophrenia development (OR=0.67, 95% CI=0.47-0.95, p=0.022 in the dominant model and OR=0.69, 95% CI=0.51-0.93, p=0.013 in the log-addtive model) and allelic distributions also showed significant association (OR=0.70, 95% CI=0.52-0.93, p=0.014). The results suggest that rs3924999 of the NRG1 gene may be associated with schizophrenia susceptibility.

Keywords: association, neuregulin 1, schizophrenia, single nucleotide polymorphism