Variations in the NMDA receptor subunit 2B gene (GRIN2B) and schizophrenia: A case-control study

Emilio Di Maria, Rossella Gulli, Silvia Begni, Alessandro De Luca, Stefano Bignotti, Augusto Pasini, Emilia Bellone, Antonio Pizzuti, Bruno Dallapiccola, Giuseppe Novelli, Franco Ajmar, Massimo Gennarelli, Paola Mandich

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A well established model for the pathophysiology of schizophrenia postulates a role for the NMDA-mediated glutamate transmission. The human gene coding for the 2B subunit of the NMDA receptor (GRIN2B) is considered a candidate based on its selective expression in brain. To evaluate the hypothesis that GRIN2B acts as a major gene in determining susceptibility to schizophrenia, a case-control association study was performed. Five single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were genotyped in 188 Italian patients and 156 control subjects. The association study showed a marginally significant excess of homozygosity for the polymorphism located in the 3′UTR region (P = 0.04). No other difference in genotype and allele frequencies was found in schizophrenics as compared to the control series. The case-control study was also carried out on estimated haplotypes, confirming a trend for association (P = 0.04). These results suggest that GRIN2B variations might be linked with susceptibility to schizophrenia. Replication studies on larger samples are warranted to further test this hypothesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-29
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Genetics - Neuropsychiatric Genetics
Volume128 B
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2004


  • Association study
  • Glutamate
  • GRIN2B
  • NMDA
  • Schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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