Objective: Schizophrenia is associated with a marked reduction in reproductive success, yet alleles that are common contribute substantially to the liability of the disorder. Among several possible explanations for this, it has been postulated that individuals who carry risk alleles but are unaffected are at some reproductive advantage, offsetting the effects of negative selection among those who are affected. The authors sought to test this hypothesis, isolating the effects of risk alleles on fecundity from the effects that are contingent on expressing schizophrenia.
Methods: The burden of schizophrenia risk alleles, as indexed by a polygenic risk score (PRS), carried by 139,679 participants in the UK Biobank study who did not have schizophrenia was compared with the number of offspring of these individuals.
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The participant will summarize the relationship between genetic liability to schizophrenia and fecundity in men and women with schizophrenia.
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Duration: 1 hour
Begin Date: August 1, 2019
End Date: July 31, 2021
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Title: The Relationship Between Common Variant Schizophrenia Liability and Number of Offspring in the UK Biobank
Authors: Valentina Escott-Price, Ph.D., Antonio F. Pardiñas, Ph.D., Enrique Santiago, Ph.D., James Walters, Ph.D., George Kirov, Ph.D., Michael J. Owen, Ph.D., Michael C. O’Donovan, Ph.D.
Affiliations: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom (V.E.-P., A.F.P., J.W., G.K., M.J.O., M.C.O.D.); Department of Functional Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain (E.S.).
Disclosures: The authors report no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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