Association study of BCL9 gene polymorphism rs583583 with schizophrenia and negative symptoms in Japanese population

Hiroki Kimura, Satoshi Tanaka, Itaru Kushima, Takayoshi Koide, Masahiro Banno, Tsutomu Kikuchi, Yukako Nakamura, Tomoko Shiino, Akira Yoshimi, Tomoko Oya-Ito, Jingrui Xing, Chenyao Wang, Yuto Takasaki, Branko Aleksic, Takashi Okada, Masashi Ikeda, Toshiya Inada, Tetsuya Iidaka, Nakao Iwata, Norio Ozaki

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B-cell CLL/lymphoma 9 (BCL9) is located within the schizophrenia (SCZ) suspected locus chr1q21.1. A recent study reported that a single nucleotide polyphormism (SNP) within BCL9 (rs583583) is associated with negative symptoms of Schizophrenia, as measured by the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS), in the Caucasian population. We therefore investigated genetic association of rs583583, and its effect on negative symptoms in the Japanese patients. For association analysis, we used a Japanese sample set comprising 1089 SCZ and 950 controls (CON). Analysis of the effect of rs586586 on negative symptoms as examined by PANSS was investigated using 280 SCZ. Furthermore, for analysis of cognitive performance, we investigated 90 SCZ and 51 CON using the Continuous Performance Test (CPT-IP) and the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST) Keio version. We did not detect association between rs583583 and SCZ. Furthermore, rs583583 was not associated with PANSS negative scores or with CPT-IT or WCST cognitive tests. Considering the results of our previous study, combined with the results of the current study of rs583583, we argue that BCL9 most likely does not harbor a common genetic variant that can increase the risk for SCZ in the Japanese population.

Original languageEnglish
Article number15705
JournalScientific reports
Publication statusPublished - 23-10-2015

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