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Post-transcriptionally impaired de novo mutations contribute to the genetic etiology of four neuropsychiatric disorders

By Fengbiao Mao, Lu Wang, Xiaolu Zhao, Zhongshan Li, Luoyuan Xiao, Rajesh C. Rao, Jinchen Li, Huajing Teng, Xin He, Zhong Sheng Sun

Posted 13 Aug 2017
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/175844

While deleterious de novo mutations (DNMs) in coding region conferring risk in neuropsychiatric disorders have been revealed by next-generation sequencing, the role of DNMs involved in post-transcriptional regulation in pathogenesis of these disorders remains to be elucidated. Here, we identified 1,736 post-transcriptionally impaired DNMs (piDNMs), and prioritized 1,482 candidate genes in four neuropsychiatric disorders from 7,748 families. Our results revealed higher prevalence of piDNMs in the probands than in controls ( P = 8.19×10−17), and piDNM-harboring genes were enriched for epigenetic modifications and neuronal or synaptic functions. Moreover, we identified 86 piDNM-containing genes forming convergent co-expression modules and intensive protein-protein interactions in at least two neuropsychiatric disorders. These cross-disorder genes carrying piDNMs could form interaction network centered on RNA binding proteins, suggesting a shared post-transcriptional etiology underlying these disorders. Our findings illustrate the significant contribution of piDNMs to four neuropsychiatric disorders, and lay emphasis on combining functional and network-based evidences to identify regulatory causes of genetic disorders.

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