Association study between functional polymorphisms in the TNF-alpha gene and obsessive-compulsive disorder

Carolina Cappi, Renan Kawano Muniz, Aline Santos Sampaio, Quirino Cordeiro, Helena Brentani, Selma A. Palácios, Andrea H. Marques, Homero Vallada, Eurípedes Constantino Miguel, Luiza Guilherme, Ana Gabriela Hounie

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Abstract

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a prevalent psychiatric disorder of unknown etiology. However, there is some evidence that the immune system may play an important role in its pathogenesis. In the present study, two polymorphisms (rs1800795 and rs361525) in the promoter region of the cytokine tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNFA) gene were genotyped in 183 OCD patients and in 249 healthy controls. The statistical tests were performed using the PLINK® software. We found that the A allele of the TNFA rs361525 polymorphism was significantly associated with OCD subjects, according to the allelic χ2 association test (p=0.007). The presence of genetic markers, such as inflammatory cytokines genes linked to OCD, may represent additional evidence supporting the role of the immune system in its pathogenesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-90
Number of pages4
JournalArquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria
Volume70
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cytokines
  • Genetic markers
  • Mental disorder
  • Polymorphism

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