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Characterisation of genetic variation in ST8SIA2 and its interaction region in NCAM1 in patients with bipolar disorder


Alpha-2,8-sialyltransferase 2 (ST8SIA2) is an enzyme responsible for the transfer of polysialic acid (PSA) to glycoproteins, principally the neuronal cell adhesion molecule (NCAM1), and is involved in neuronal plasticity. Variants within ST8SIA2 have previously shown association with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and autism. In addition, altered PSA-NCAM expression in brains of patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder indicates a functional dysregulation of glycosylation in mental illness. To explore the role of sequence variation affecting PSA-NCAM formation, we conducted a targeted re-sequencing study of a approximately 100 kb region--including the entire ST8SIA2 gene and its region of interaction with NCAM1--in 48 Caucasian cases with bipolar disorder using the Roche 454 platform. We identified over 400 DNA variants, including 47 putative novel variants not described in dbSNP. Validation of a subset of variants via Sequenom showed high reliability of Roche 454 genotype calls (97% genotype concordance, with 80% of novel variants independently verified). We did not observe major loss-of-function mutations that would affect PSA-NCAM formation, either by ablating ST8SIA2 function or by affecting the ability of NCAM1 to be glycosylated. However, we identified 13 SNPs in the UTRs of ST8SIA2, a synonymous coding SNP in exon 5 (rs2305561, P207P) and many additional non-coding variants that may influence splicing or regulation of ST8SIA2 expression. We calculated nucleotide diversity within ST8SIA2 on specific haplotypes, finding that the diversity on the specific

Type Journal
ISBN 1932-6203 (Electronic) 1932-6203 (Linking)
Authors Shaw, A. D.; Tiwari, Y.; Kaplan, W.; Heath, A.; Mitchell, P. B.; Schofield, P. R.; Fullerton, J. M.;
Garvan Authors Dr Peter Schofield , Dr Warren Kaplan
Publisher Name PLoS ONE
Published Date 2014-01-01 00:00:00
Published Volume 9
Published Issue 3
Published Pages e92556
Status Published In-print
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