Evidence for the involvement of ZNF804A in cognitive processes of relevance to reading and spelling

J. Becker, D. Czamara, P. Hoffmann, K. Landerl, L. Blomert, D. Brandeis, A.A. Vaessen, U. Maurer, K. Moll, K.U. Ludwig, B. Muller-Myhsok, M.M. Nothen, G. Schulte-Korne, J. Schumacher*

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Previous studies have shown that individuals with schizophrenia and dyslexia display common neurocognitive abnormalities. The aim of the present study was to determine whether known schizophrenia-risk genes contribute to dyslexia risk or to disease-relevant cognitive functions. For this purpose, we genotyped the schizophrenia-associated risk variants within zinc-finger protein 804A (ZNF804A), transcription-factor 4 and neurogranin in a large dyslexia case-control sample. We tested all variants for association with dyslexia (927 cases, 1096 controls), and with eight language-relevant cognitive processes (1552 individuals). We observed six significant associations between language-relevant traits and the ZNF804A-variant rs1344706. Interestingly, the ZNF804A schizophrenia risk variant was associated with a better cognitive performance in our data set. This finding might be consistent with a previously reported ZNF804A association in schizophrenia, in which patients carrying the schizophrenia-risk allele at rs1344706 showed a better performance in two memory tests. In conclusion, the present study provides evidence that ZNF804A might have a role in cognitive traits of relevance to reading and spelling, and underlines the phenotypic complexity that might be associated with ZNF804A. Translational Psychiatry (2012) 2, e136; doi:10.1038/tp.2012.62; published online 10 July 2012
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
JournalTranslational Psychiatry
Issue numberE136
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


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