Analysis of Genomic DNA Alterations in Familial Schizophrenia

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2005 by National Taiwan University Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : September 14, 2005
Last Update Posted : August 24, 2007
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Brief Summary:

Persons with schizophrenia experience imaginary voices, visions and disorganized thoughts, and are handicapped when it comes to social life, which is detrimental to the affected individuals and the community. Although the pathogenesis of this mental disease has not been clearly elucidated, much evidence suggests that inheritance is of major etiological importance and multiple genetic components are implicated. Previous linkage studies of familial schizophrenia have led to the successful identification of numerous susceptibility loci covering many of the human chromosomes, including chromosome 1q, 5q, 6p22, 6p24, 8q21, 13q32, 15q13-14 and 22q11, etc. Necessities for further identification of candidate genes involved in familial schizophrenia by taking a genome-wide approach are listed as follows:

  1. given that multiple genes are responsible for this disease, it is of critical interest to view the complete molecular profiling of schizophrenia's genome;
  2. identification of promising schizophrenia candidate genes by genome-wide scanning will facilitate the development of molecular markers and provide a more objective and effective assessment method in psychotic diagnosis and prognosis;
  3. prevention of the onset of this disorder will be improved by early classification of individuals bearing strong genetic loading for schizophrenia as a high risk population;
  4. making a breakthrough into the investigation of schizophrenia pathogenesis by the characterization of susceptible genes found by genome-wide exploring.

Array-based comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) allows high-throughput genome-wide survey for DNA copy number aberrations, providing a powerful tool for investigating genetic disorders and for developing diagnostic and therapeutic targets. Arrays used in this study consist of approximately 43,000 60-mer oligonucleotide probes that span coding and noncoding regions of the whole human genome with an average spatial resolution of around 35 kb. Furthermore, the sensitivity of these arrays is capable of detecting and mapping regions of single-copy losses, homozygous deletions, and amplicons of various sizes even when using full-complexity genomic samples. In this study, the investigators will conduct an array-based comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) with genomic DNA of many affected members from "schizophrenia families" (the investigators classified families according to the presence or absence of two or more affected members) to identify a set of candidate genes associated with this disease. It is hoped that the results obtained from this study will improve the accuracy and efficiency of psychotic treatment.

Condition or disease

Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 20 participants
Observational Model: Defined Population
Time Perspective: Longitudinal
Time Perspective: Retrospective/Prospective
Official Title: Analysis of Genomic DNA Alterations in Familial Schizophrenia
Study Start Date : September 2005
Study Completion Date : December 2005

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MedlinePlus related topics: Schizophrenia

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 30 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Familial schizophrenia
  • Over 9 years of education

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00166738

Contact: Hai-Gwo Hwu, Professor 886-2-2312-3456 ext 6785

Hai-Gwo Hwu Recruiting
Taipei, Taiwan
Contact: Hai-Gwo Hwu, Professor    886-2-2312-3456 ext 6785      
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
Principal Investigator: Hai-Gwo Hwu, Professor National Taiwan University Identifier: NCT00166738     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 9461700834
First Posted: September 14, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 24, 2007
Last Verified: September 2005

Keywords provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:
multiple genes
array-comparative genomic hybridization (CGH)
genomic DNA
Chinese Han People

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders