Exclusion of close linkage between the synaptic vesicular monoamine transporter locus and schizophrenia spectrum disorders

A. M. Persico, Wu Wang Zhe Wu Wang, D. W. Black, N. C. Andreasen, G. R. Uhl, R. R. Crowe

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Abstract

The principal brain synaptic vesicular monoamine transporter (VMAT2) is responsible for the reuptake of serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and histamine from the cytoplasm into synaptic vesicles, thus contributing to determination of the size of releasable neurotransmitter vesicular pools. Potential involvement of VMAT2 gene variants in the etiology of schizophrenia and related disorders was tested using polymorphic VMAT2 gene markers in 156 subjects from 16 multiplex pedigrees with schizophrenia, schizophreniform, schizoaffective, and schizotypal disorders and mood incongruent psychotic depression. Assuming genetic homogeneity, complete (Θ = 0.0) linkage to the schizophrenia spectrum was excluded under both dominant and recessive models. Allelic variants at the VMAT2 locus do not appear to provide major genetic contributions to the etiology of schizophrenia spectrum disorders in these pedigrees.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-565
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Genetics - Neuropsychiatric Genetics
Volume60
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1995

Keywords

  • dopamine
  • epinephrine
  • histamine
  • norepinephrine
  • serotonin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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