Exploring effects of EAAT polymorphisms on cognitive functions in schizophrenia

Marco Spangaro, Marta Bosia, Andrea Zanoletti, Margherita Bechi, Buonocore Mariachiara, Adele Pirovano, Cristina Lorenzi, Placido Bramanti, Enrico Smeraldi, Roberto Cavallaro

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Aim: To evaluate the effect of functional polymorphisms (rs4354668 and rs2731880) of the excitatory amino acid transporters (EAAT1 and 2) on the cognitive dysfunction that characterizes schizophrenia. Materials & methods: One hundred and ninety two subjects diagnosed with schizophrenia were assessed with Brief Assessment of Cognition in Schizophrenia, Wisconsin Card Sorting Test, Continuous Performance Test and N-back test and genotyped for rs4354668 and rs2731880. Results: ANOVA showed a significant difference among both EAAT1 and EAAT2 genotype groups on different cognitive measures. Worse performances were observed among carriers of the genotypes associated with lower EAAT expression. Conclusion: Results suggest that impaired activity and EAAT expression could influence cognitive performances in schizophrenia, thus representing a target of interest for development of pharmacological strategies aimed to improve cognition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)925-932
Number of pages8
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • cognitive impairment
  • EAAT1
  • EAAT2
  • glutamate uptake
  • schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Medicine(all)


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