Author(s): Rybakowski JK, Skibinska M, Kapelski P, Kaczmarek L, Hauser J
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Abstract Matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) plays a role in many pathological conditions (e.g. cancer and heart disease). Recently, MMP-9 has been implicated in the activity of the prefrontal cortex and we therefore hypothesized that the MMP-9 gene may be associated with schizophrenia. We genotyped the functional -1562C/T polymorphism in a group of 442 schizophrenia patients and in 558 healthy control subjects. A significant preponderance of C/C genotype and C allele was found in the schizophrenia subjects compared to healthy controls. The results may provide the first evidence for involvement of the MMP-9 gene in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia and could also contribute to explaining a genetic connection between schizophrenia and some somatic illnesses.
This article was published in Schizophr Res
and referenced in Journal of Pharmacogenomics & Pharmacoproteomics