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Recent Advances in DNA & Gene Sequences (Discontinued)


ISSN (Print): 2352-0922
ISSN (Online): 2352-0930

Schizophrenia-associated Risk and Protective Variants of c-Fos Encoding Gene

Author(s): Anna Boyajyan, Roksana Zakharyan, Sofi Atshemyan, Andranik Chavushyan and Gohar Mkrtchyan

Volume 9, Issue 1, 2015

Page: [51 - 57] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/2352092209666150223113334

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Defects in synaptic plasticity play a key role in pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Pathomechanisms responsible for synaptic plasticity alterations in schizophrenia are very complicated and not well defined. Transcription factor c-Fos plays an important role in regulation of synaptic plasticity. In the present study we evaluated the association of rs7101 and rs1063169 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of c-Fos encoding gene (FOS) with schizophrenia. A total of 604 DNA samples of schizophrenia-affected and healthy subjects of Armenian ancestry were genotyped using polymerase chain reaction with sequence-specific primers. Also, comparative determination of the blood levels of c-Fos protein in schizophrenia patients and controls was performed using the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Potential interaction between protein level and genotypes as well as relationships between genotypes/protein level and clinical-demographic characteristics of schizophrenia patients were assessed. The results obtained demonstrated that mutant allele of FOS rs1063169 SNP is negatively associated with schizophrenia and may be nominated as a protective factor for this disorder. On the other hand, according to our results, the FOS rs7101T mutant allele is positively associated with schizophrenia and, therefore, may be considered as a risk factor for this disorder. In addition, decreased c-Fos plasma levels in schizophrenia patients compared to controls were found. In conclusion, the results of this study suggest that FOS is among the candidate genes of schizophrenia and that changes in the expression of c-Fos protein may contribute to molecular pathomechanisms of schizophrenia-related alterations in synaptic plasticity.

Keywords: c-Fos protein, FOS gene, genetic polymorphisms, plasma levels, schizophrenia, synaptic plasticity.

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