Genetic association between NRG1 and schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder in Han Chinese population

Research paper by Zujia Wen, Jianhua Chen, Raja Amjad Waheed Khan, Zhijian Song, Meng Wang, Zhiqiang Li, Jiawei Shen, Wenjin Li, Yongyong Shi

Indexed on: 09 Mar '16Published on: 17 Feb '16Published in: American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics


Schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder are three major psychiatric disorders affecting around 0.66%, 3.3%, and 1.5% of the Han Chinese population respectively. Several genetic linkage analyses and genome wide association studies identified NRG1 as a susceptibility gene of schizophrenia, which was validated by its role in neurodevelopment, glutamate, and other neurotransmitter receptor expression regulation. To further investigate whether NRG1 is a shared risk gene for major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder as well as schizophrenia, we performed an association study among 1,248 schizophrenia cases, 1,056 major depression cases, 1,344 bipolar disorder cases, and 1,248 controls. Totally 15 tag SNPs were genotyped and analyzed, and no population stratification was found in our sample set. Among the sites, rs4236710 (corrected Pgenotye = 0.015) and rs4512342 (Pallele = 0.03, Pgenotye = 0.045 after correction) were associated with schizophrenia, and rs2919375 (corrected Pgenotye = 0.004) was associated with major depressive disorder. The haplotype rs4512342‐rs6982890 showed association with schizophrenia (P = 0.03 for haplotype “TC” after correction), and haplotype rs4531002‐rs11989919 proved to be a shared risk factor for both major depressive disorder (“CC”: corrected P = 0.009) and bipolar disorder (“CT”: corrected P = 0.003). Our results confirmed that NRG1 was a shared common susceptibility gene for major mental disorders in Han Chinese population. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.