Multivariate alterations in insula - Medial prefrontal cortex linked to genetics in 12q24 in schizophrenia

Wenhao Jiang, Kelly Rootes-Murdy, Jiayu Chen, Nora I.Perrone Bizzozero, Vince D. Calhoun, Theo G.M. van Erp, Stefan Ehrlich, Ingrid Agartz, Erik G. Jönsson, Ole A. Andreassen, Lei Wang, Godfrey D. Pearlson, David C. Glahn, Elliot Hong, Jingyu Liu, Jessica A. Turner

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The direct effect of genetic variations on clinical phenotypes within schizophrenia (SZ) remains elusive. We examined the previously identified association of reduced gray matter concentration in the insula - medial prefrontal cortex and a quantitative trait locus located in 12q24 in a SZ dataset. The main analysis was performed on 1461 SNPs and 830 participants. The highest contributing SNPs were localized in five genes including TMEM119, which encodes a microglial marker, that is associated with neuroinflammation and Alzheimer's disease. The gene set in 12q4 may partially explain brain alterations in SZ, but they may also relate to other psychiatric and developmental disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number114237
JournalPsychiatry Research
StatePublished - Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Insula
  • QTL
  • Schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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