All for one and one for all: heterogeneity of genetic etiologies in neurodevelopmental psychiatric disorders

Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2021 Jun;68:71-78. doi: 10.1016/j.gde.2021.02.015. Epub 2021 Mar 25.


Alexandre Dumas' famous phrase All for One and One for All recapitulates our current understanding of the genomic architecture of neurodevelopmental psychiatric disorders (NPD), like autism Spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Many rare genomic variants of large effect size have been identified; all of them together can explain a significant proportion of NPD. In parallel, one rare genomic variant can cause all of the above NPD. Finally, common genomic variants of individually small effect size can be combined to further explain risk for NPD. How do we reconcile different genomic variants accounting for one clinical diagnosis, and different clinical diagnoses arising from a single genomic variant? Here, we discuss a framework to understand genetic and clinical heterogeneity in NPD.

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  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural