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Common variations in 4p locus are related to male completed suicide

Must, A., Kõks, S., Vasar, E., Tasa, G., Lang, A., Maron, E. and Väli, M. (2009) Common variations in 4p locus are related to male completed suicide. NeuroMolecular Medicine, 11 (1). pp. 13-19.

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Suicidal behavior is a multifactorial phenomenon, with a significant genetic predisposition. To assess the contribution of genes in the 4p region to suicide risk, we genotyped 36 single nucleotide polymorphisms from a 49Mb region on the chromosome arm 4p11-16 in a total of 288 male suicide victims and 327 healthy male volunteers. The nonsynonymous variants rs1383180 in EVC gene, rs6811863 in TBC1D1 gene, rs362272 in HTT gene, and rs734312 in WFS1 gene were associated to the male completed suicide. However, only EVC polymorphism remained significant after correcting for multiple comparisons (P < .05 after 10 K permutations). The function of these genes is not clear yet. WFS1 and HTT are related to the unfolded protein response and endoplasmic reticulum stress, and TBC1D1 is a GTPase activator. EVC is a protein with transmembrane and leucine zipper domains, its function has not been elucidated yet. Further studies are required in order to reveal the role of these four polymorphisms in the pathoetiology of suicide.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Humana Press Inc
Copyright: © 2008 Humana Press Inc.
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