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    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; POPULATION ; RISK ; GENE ; POLYMORPHISMS ; SCHIZOPHRENIA ; COPY NUMBER ; SNP ; NEURONS ; MENTAL-RETARDATION ; GENOME-WIDE ASSOCIATION ; GLUTAMATE-RECEPTOR-6 GENE ; LINKAGE ANALYSES ; RUNS
    Abstract: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a highly heritable disorder of complex and heterogeneous aetiology. It is primarily characterized by altered cognitive ability including impaired language and communication skills and fundamental deficits in social reciprocity. Despite some notable successes in neuropsychiatric genetics, overall, the high heritability of ASD (round 90%) remains poorly explained by common genetic risk variants. However, recent studies suggest that rare genomic variation, in particular copy number variation, may account for a significant proportion of the genetic basis of ASD. We present a large scale analysis to identify candidate genes which may contain low-frequency recessive variation contributing to ASD while taking into account the potential contribution of population differences to the genetic heterogeneity of ASD. Our strategy, homozygous haplotype (HH) mapping, aims to detect homozygous segments of identical haplotype structure that are shared at a higher frequency amongst ASD patients compared to parental controls. The analysis was performed on 1,402 Autism Genome Project trios genotyped for 1 million single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). We identified 25 known and 1,218 novel ASD candidate genes in the discovery analysis including CADM2, ABHD14A, CHRFAM7A, GRIK2, GRM3, EPHA3, FGF10, KCND2, PDZK1, IMMP2L and FOXP2. Furthermore, 10 of the previously reported ASD genes and 300 of the novel candidates identified in the discovery analysis were replicated in an independent sample of 1,182 trios. Our results demonstrate that regions of HH are significantly enriched for previously reported ASD candidate genes and the observed association is independent of gene size (odds ratio 2.10). Our findings highlight the applicability of HH mapping in complex disorders such as ASD and offer an alternative approach to the analysis of genome-wide association data.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 21996756
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    Keywords: proliferation ; COMBINATION ; PATHWAY ; PATHWAYS ; GENE ; GENES ; COMPLEX ; FAMILY ; IMPACT ; ASSOCIATION ; DISORDER ; FREQUENCY ; LINKAGE ; VARIANTS ; TARGET ; COPY NUMBER ; ARRAYS ; NUMBER ; genotyping ; MUTATIONS ; REVEALS ; TARGETS ; CHILDREN ; DISORDERS ; VARIANT ; DETERMINANTS ; SCIENCE ; development ; LOCUS ; MOTILITY ; LOCI ; SPECTRUM DISORDERS ; Genetic ; RANGE ; Lead ; COPY NUMBER VARIANTS ; Copy number variation ; ANCESTRY ; GENETIC DISORDER ; HIDDEN-MARKOV MODEL ; SNP GENOTYPING DATA
    Abstract: The autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of conditions characterized by impairments in reciprocal social interaction and communication, and the presence of restricted and repetitive behaviours(1). Individuals with an ASD vary greatly in cognitive development, which can range from above average to intellectual disability(2). Although ASDs are known to be highly heritable (similar to 90%)(3), the underlying genetic determinants are still largely unknown. Here we analysed the genome-wide characteristics of rare (〈1% frequency) copy number variation in ASD using dense genotyping arrays. When comparing 996 ASD individuals of European ancestry to 1,287 matched controls, cases were found to carry a higher global burden of rare, genic copy number variants (CNVs) (1.19 fold, P=0.012), especially so for loci previously implicated in either ASD and/or intellectual disability (1.69 fold, P=3.4 x 10(-4)). Among the CNVs there were numerous de novo and inherited events, sometimes in combination in a given family, implicating many novel ASD genes such as SHANK2, SYNGAP1, DLGAP2 and the X-linked DDX53-PTCHD1 locus. We also discovered an enrichment of CNVs disrupting functional gene sets involved in cellular proliferation, projection and motility, and GTPase/Ras signalling. Our results reveal many new genetic and functional targets in ASD that may lead to final connected pathways
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20531469
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