Psychiatry Res. 2022 Feb 17;310:114453. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2022.114453. Online ahead of print.


OBJECTIVES: Confirming the existence and composition of the shared genetic basis of Schizophrenia and cannabis and cigarette smoking has critical values for the clinical prevention and intervention of psychosis.

METHODS: To achieve this goal, we leveraged Genome-Wide summary statistics of Schizophrenia (n = 99,934), cigarette smoking (n = 518,633) and cannabis usage (n = 162,082). We applied Causal Analysis Using Summary Effect Estimates (CAUSE) and genomic structural equation modeling (GenomicSEM) to quantify the contribution of a common genetic factor of cannabis and cigarette smoking and schizophrenia (referred to as SCZ_SMO), then identified genome-wide loci that made up SCZ_SMO.

RESULTS: We estimated that SCZ_SMO explained 8.6% of Schizophrenia heritability (Z score <-2.5 in CAUSE, p<10-20 in Genomic SEM). There were 20 independent loci showing association with SCZ_SMO at the genome-wide threshold of p<5 × 10-8. At the top locus on chromosome 11, fine-mapping identified rs7945073 (posterior inclusion probability =0.12, p = 2.24 × 10-32) as the top risk variants. Gene-level association and fine-mapping highlighted NCAM1, PHC2, and SEMA6D as risk genes of SCZ_SMO. Other risk genes were enriched in cortex, neuron, and dendritic spines (adjusted p<0.05). SCZ_SMO showed significant positive correlation (p<10-6) with the genetic risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (r = 0.50), lifestyle problems (r = 0.83), social deprivation (r = 0.58) and all-cause pregnant loss (r = 0.60).

CONCLUSION: Our result provided new evidence on the shared genetic basis model for the association between Schizophrenia and smoking and provided genetic and biological insights into their shared mechanism.

PMID:35235886 | DOI:10.1016/j.psychres.2022.114453

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