In aggregate, common single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) explained between 20% and 29% of the variance in MDD risk, and the heritability in MDD explained by each chromosome was proportional to its length (r = 0.680; P = .0003), supporting a common polygenic etiology. The dark and light blue areas display 50% and 95% CIs, respectively, obtained by bootstrapping SNP sets. Gusev Partitioning heritability by minor allele frequency indicated that the variance explained was distributed across the allelic frequency spectrum, although relatively common SNPs accounted for a disproportionate fraction of risk. Kendler It has an estimated heritability of 37%, but published genome-wide association studies have so far identified few risk loci. Personality and major depression: a Swedish longitudinal, population-based twin study. Variance of MD Explained (h2) by Each Chromosome as a Function of Number of SNPs, eFigure 3. To apply aggregate genetic risk methods to clarify the genetic architecture of MDD by estimating and partitioning heritability by chromosome, minor allele frequency, and functional annotations and to test for enrichment of rare deleterious variants. Assessing the heritability of major depressive disorder is complicated by the ____. The joint analysis of personal interview and family history diagnoses: evidence for validity of diagnosis and increased heritability estimates.  NJ, Plenge We tested case-control differences by logistic regression with ancestry PC as covariates. Genetic variants associated with subjective well-being, depressive symptoms, and neuroticism identified through genome-wide analyses.  DB.  SM, Wray Wang eTable 1 in the Supplement shows heritability estimates based on varying MDD prevalence, which increases with higher prevalence rates.  P, Zhu Hudson  CM, Nicholson Unipolar depressive disorders have a common genotype. Partitioning by genic annotation indicated a greater contribution of SNPs in protein-coding regions and within 3′-UTR regions of genes.  MT, Humbert Enrichment of Single-Nucleotide Polymorphisms With Small, Table. We extended our work in CONVERGE beyond identifying specific risk variants by evaluating aggregate contributions of molecular variation to risk for MDD. Heritability estimates for separate vs joint analyses of all chromosomes indicated a negligible effect of confounding population structure (joint h2 = 21.4%; separate h2 = 23.6%) (eFigure 2 in the Supplement).  et al; ReproGen Consortium; Schizophrenia Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium; RACI Consortium. Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common psychiatric disorder and a leading cause of disability worldwide.1 Global estimates of lifetime MDD prevalence range from 2.1% to 21.0%.2 The heritability of MDD is estimated as 37% from a meta-analysis of twin and family studies,3 supporting a complex etiology that includes both genetic and environmental factors. Ripke Panossian Conclusions. Kendler Dr Cai is supported by EBI-Sanger Postdoctoral Fellowship. Twin studies have estimated the narrow sense heritability of MDD to be 37%, confirming the involvement of genetic factors in MDD (2). Strategies to dissect phenotypic and genetic heterogeneity of major depressive disorder (MDD) have mainly relied on subphenotypes, such as age at onset (AAO) and recurrence/episodicity. Objective: Although family, twin and adoption studies have suggested that lifetime major depression (MD) is a heritable condition, nearly all these studies have relied for the diagnosis on long-term human memory, which is fallible and potentially biased. To assess the relative contribution of heritability of SNPs in functional categories, we partitioned SNPs into functional annotations (eg, exon, intron, or 3′ UTR) using ANNOVAR, version 2015 (QIAGEN Bioinformatics).18 The functional classes were fitted jointly in a single GREML model. SIRT1 promotes the central adaptive response to diet restriction through activation of the dorsomedial and lateral nuclei of the hypothalamus. BACKGROUND: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is the second largest cause of global disease burden. We conducted GWAS of each subset, subsequently performing linkage disequilibrium–based “clumping” to remove highly correlated markers (r2>0.1) while retaining the most significant SNP within 500-kB intervals.  S.  SIRT1 regulation of wakefulness and senescence-like phenotype in wake neurons. Examining the occurrence of one or more depressive episodes across all three interviews, heritabilities of MD (95% CI) for the four time periods were: 0.41 (0.27-0.54), 0.41 (0.26-0.55), 0.35 (0.16-0.52) and 0.34 (0.11-0.55). 2017;74(2):162–168.  A, Baselmans Genome-wide polygenic risk scores constructed from SNPs were significantly associated with MDD liability, accounting for 1.1% of the variance in risk compared with 0.6% estimated by a similar method for European samples.23 Significant heritability was found across all chromosomes, with the amount of variance explained proportional to length, further demonstrating an underlying polygenic architecture of MDD. We also found an enrichment of SNPs in DHSs, which mark transcriptionally active regions of the genome, in several tissue types, including brain tissue. Kim  PR, Bhatia Special thanks to all the CONVERGE collaborators and patients who made our work possible.  et al. We examine heritability of MD using four recall intervals: last year, last 6 months, last 3 months and current month.  SH, Trynka Using two different recently proposed methods designed to estimate the heritability of a phenotype that is attributable to genome-wide SNPs, we show that SNPs on current platforms contain substantial information concerning the additive … Dr Peterson is supported by NIH T32 grant MH020030. Author Contributions: Drs Kendler and Flint had full access to all the data and take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. Regional heritability Major depressive disorder (MDD) contributes 8.2% of the global burden of disease (1).  CO, Pedersen  et al; Schizophrenia Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium; SWE-SCZ Consortium. A similar pattern was found if heritability was assessed for the number of interviews in which criteria for MD were met. In GCTA-LDMS, we calculated the linkage disequilibrium scores of all SNPs using a sliding-window approach (200 kB with 100-kB overlap between adjacent segments) and then partitioned them into linkage disequilibrium quartiles. Design, Setting, and Participants  Partitioning heritability of regulatory and cell-type-specific variants across 11 common diseases. He also suffers from poor appetite and low self-esteem. We apply an aggregate genetic risk method to estimate and partition heritability by chromosome, minor allele frequency (MAF), and various functional annotations as well as test for enrichment of rare deleterious variants. PLINK: a tool set for whole-genome association and population-based linkage analyses. Major depressive disorder is defined as marked and persistent depressed mood associated with physical and cognitive signs and symptoms. Manic-depression: Alternating moods of abnormal highs (mania) and lows ().Called bipolar disorder because of the swings between these opposing poles in mood. McClellan Yang Please enable it to take advantage of the complete set of features! Heritability, though, isn’t a guarantee that you will develop this illness.  ME, Visscher The Table shows a significant (odds ratio [OR], 1.011; 95% CI, 1.003-1.018; P = .004) excess of singleton deleterious mutations in brain-expressed genes in cases. JAMA Psychiatry. The heritability of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) has been estimated at 37% based largely on twin studies that rely on contested assumptions. First, it is possible that DHSs are enriched in tissues other than brain tissue given that we have prior evidence of the role of genes with mitochondrial function in MDD,5 metabolism is regulated in many tissues, and many regulatory mechanisms are common to many tissues. Sometimes the mood switches are dramatic and rapid, but most often they are gradual. Higher-frequency SNPs (>19%) accounted for most of the heritability (Figure 1). eTable 2 in the Supplement shows results for GCTA-LDMS, which partitioned heritability by linkage disequilibrium quartile and MAF to correct for region-specific linkage disequilibrium heterogeneity and indicated minimal bias in our unstratified heritability estimate of 21.4% vs 20.0% (SE = 3.4%) for LDMS. They found significant enrichment in coding regions for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder as well as enrichment in 3′ UTR for schizophrenia. We randomly selected an amount of coding DNA equal in length to that used when the analysis is restricted to genes expressed in the brain and in nuclear-encoded mitochondrial genes and then repeated the analyses 10 000 times. Finucane  H, Hemingway The heritability (h2) of MDD in this high risk sample was estimated at 67%. Administrative, technical, or material support: Peterson, Kendler. To determine the statistical significance of any particular enrichment curve (ie, how unlikely under the null hypothesis of no enrichment), we assessed the statistical significance of enrichment on the intervals between –log10(p), between 5 and 6, and separately upward of 6 by binomial tests, and then we combined these P values by the Fisher exact method. Major depressive disorder is partially genetic. This model fit the data well, and the heritability of melancholia was not different from nonmelancholic MDD, as expected under the liability threshold model. The Genetic Architecture of Major Depressive Disorder in Han Chinese Women, eTable 1. Purcell Strategies to dissect phenotypic and genetic heterogeneity of major depressive disorder (MDD) have mainly relied on subphenotypes, such as age at onset (AAO) and recurrence/episodicity. Our dense set of markers, which captures significantly more common and rare variation than is present on genotyping arrays, allows for a unique opportunity to add insight into the genetic architecture of this common and debilitating psychiatric disorder. Enrichment of Singleton Variants in Gene Subsets.  et al; International Schizophrenia Consortium. High ... Higher levels of Major Depressive Disorder are associated with _____. Participants Diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and assessed for depressive symptoms before and after prescription of an antidepressant medication.  B, Gusev Loh However, there is also a large proportion of variation in liability left to be explained by nongenetic factors. Would you like email updates of new search results? In aggregate, common single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) explained between 20% and 29% of the variance in MDD risk, and the heritability in MDD explained by each chromosome was proportional to its length (. Although these estimates were similar to those reported for populations of European descent (approximately 21%)10 but lower than the 37% reported by previous twin studies,3 heritability is a population-specific measure. It has an estimated heritability of 37%, but published genome-wide association studies have so far identified few risk loci. Data were collected from August 1, 2008, to October 31, 2012.  et al; LifeLines Cohort Study. This finding contrasts with the finding of a similar analysis carried out on a large schizophrenia cohort, in which heritability was distributed more evenly across the quintiles.26 The excess of heritability attributable to the most common MAFs is, in part, possibly because the small reduction in reproductive fitness associated with mood disorders exerts little selective power to drive risk variants to lower allele frequency.27,28. Screened controls (n = 5196) were recruited from a range of locations, including general hospitals and local community centers. Results: Using sparse whole-genome sequencing, we detected and replicated 2 common variants that contribute to MDD risk.5 Not unexpectedly, these genome-wide significant loci accounted for only a small fraction of variance in MDD liability (approximately 0.6%).  S, Wray You might have a parent, sibling, or child with depression but not develop it yourself. Permutations were performed to verify that P values were not inflated (eAppendix in the Supplement). Polygenic Burden of Private Deleterious Exonic Variants. And many, like Merkin, who have struggled with major depressive disorder, worry they will pass the condition on to their children, especially as new neurobiological evidence into the disease’s underpinnings emerge. Cai PC1 and PC2 were included as covariates. Recently, Finucane et al29 have reported enrichment of functional elements in 17 complex traits and diseases, including 3 psychiatric disorders. Not nearly as prevalent as other forms of depressive disorders.  S, Neale We constructed polygenic risk scores within CONVERGE by 2 methods. Results confirm a complex genetic architecture for MDD, supporting etiological mechanisms for both common and rare genetic variation to MDD risk. Sanger Sequencing Read Trace of Three Private Variants Validated, eFigure 6. GWA studies of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in particular have so far been unsuccessful in detecting genome-wide significant SNPs.  et al. Study supervision: Webb, Bacanu, Flint, Kendler. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.3578. We determined 95% CIs for enrichment curves by bootstrapping and assessed significance by empirical null distributions (eAppendix in the Supplement). The heritability estimate for mania based on this model was 0.85 (95% CI, 0.74-0.93) and that for depression was 0.72 (95% CI, 0.6-0.81). The results suggest … Notably, MDD is reported as a comorbid illness in some human mitochondrial diseases, including those arising from mutations in genes that regulate mitochondrial DNA integrity; for example, depressive episodes are reported in patients who carry mutations in POLG1 (OMIM 174763).31 The identification of mitochondrial genes as risk factors for MDD might also explain some clinical features of the illness. 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