Previous research has reported that bipolar disorder and schizophrenic patients evidence sensory gating deficits. The use of intermediate phenotypes may facilitate genetic studies. Four single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) located on the non-duplicated region of the alpha-7 nicotinic receptor gene (CHRNA7) were genotyped in 95 healthy subjects, 127 bipolar disorder and 153 schizophrenic patients. We evaluated the association of these polymorphisms with P50 evoked potential measures. Our results do not support a role for the candidate gene in this neurophysiological disturbance.
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