Tachykinin 1 (TAC1) gene SNPs and haplotypes with autism: a case-control study

Brain Dev. 2007 Sep;29(8):510-3. doi: 10.1016/j.braindev.2007.01.010. Epub 2007 Mar 21.


Autism (MIM 209850) is a severe neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by disturbances in social interaction and communication, by repetitive body movements and restricted interests, and by atypical language development. Several twin and family studies have shown strong evidence for genetic factors in the etiology of autism. Glutamate is a major excitatory neurotransmitter in the human brain. Glutamate systems are involved in the pathophysiology of autism. There are many similarities between the symptoms evoked by glutamate antagonist treatment and symptoms of autism found in several human and animal studies. To elucidate the genetic background of autism, we analyzed the relationship between three single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the Tachykinin 1 gene (TAC1) and autism, because TAC1 is located in the candidate region for autism and produces substance P and neurokinins. These products modulate glutamatergic excitatory synaptic transmission and are also involved in inflammation. Many different inflammation-related mechanisms could be involved in the autistic brain. Therefore, TAC1 may have some functions associated with the presumable pathophysiology of autism. We compared the allele and haplotype frequencies between autistic patients (n=170) and normal controls (n=214) in the Japanese population, but no significant difference was observed. Thus, the TAC1 locus is not likely to play a major role in the development of autism.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Autistic Disorder / genetics*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Gene Frequency
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease*
  • Haplotypes
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide*
  • Tachykinins / genetics*


  • Tachykinins