Research Letter: PTSD has shared polygenic contributions with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia in women

Sumner, Jennifer A.; Duncan, L.; Ratanatharathorn, Andrew; Koenen, Karestan C.; Roberts, Andrea L.

Twin studies have demonstrated overlap between genetic contributions to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychiatric disorders. These findings have prompted interest in examining shared genetic risk between PTSD and other psychopathology at the molecular level. With genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and collaborative consortia-based efforts, replicable risk variants have been identified for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Analyses of genetic loci in aggregate (polygenic effects) have demonstrated shared genetic risk between schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder (MDD), with greatest overlap for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Using 3,742 candidate single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), an initial polygenic analysis of PTSD by our group suggested overlap in genetic risk for bipolar disorder and PTSD in European American (EA) women that was replicated in a male EA sample with
genome-wide data.6


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Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health
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November 11, 2016