Indian and Australian scientists in a collaborative effort have identified new gene called NAPRT1 which is directly linked to schizophrenia. It was identified after analysing genomes of more than 3000 individuals in 18 years. India’s R. Thara from Chennai based Schizophrenia Research Foundation was involved in this research.
Findings of this research
It identified gene called NAPRT1 – that encodes an enzyme involved in vitamin B3 metabolism – is directly linked to schizophrenia. It also found that those with schizophrenia were more likely to have a particular genetic variation.
Significance: These findings will help to shed more light on what makes people susceptible to schizophrenia and possible treatments for the future.