ACP1 Gene Polymorphism Associated with Suicide Attempt Type in Bipolar Disorder Patients

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Psychiatry Investig. 2017;14(6):909-910
Publication date (electronic) : 2017 November 07
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National Institute of Science and Technology of Molecular Medicine, Neuroscience and Molecular Genetics Laboratories, Faculty of Medicine, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil.
Correspondence: Simone Becho Campos. Faculty of Medicine, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Av. Prof. Alfredo Balena, 190-Santa Efigênia Belo Horizonte MG 30130-100, Brazil. Tel: +55-31-34099650, Fax: +55-31-34099134,
Received 2016 December 22; Accepted 2017 March 06.

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The ACP1 gene is expressed in fetal and adult brain, and belongs to a phosphotyrosine protein phosphatase family that acts regulating β-catenin levels. Increased amounts of ACP1 result in decreased β-catenin in the cytoplasm,1 which is the opposite effect of the administration of lithium. For these reasons the ACP1 seems a candidate gene to be associated both to bipolar disorder as well suicide behavior.

A recent Genome-Wide association study of attempt suicide in bipolar patients found a significantly association with the 2p25 region which SNPs fall in a large linkage disequilibrium with a block containing the acid phosphatase 1 (ACP1) gene region. Furthermore a microarray study show ACP1 levels significantly increased in the brains of patients who committed suicide.2

The aim of our study was to evaluate whether ACP1 gene polymorphisms are associated to BD and/or suicide attempt in bipolar disorder patients in a different population sample.

We enrolled 541 individuals: 303 BD [(259 Type I), mean age±SD 42.97±12.95; 213 were women] and 238 heath controls, [mean age±SD 45.68±20.00; 156 women]. All enrolled individuals were auto-declared Caucasian and signed the informed consent form after a clear and detailed explanation of the procedures to be followed in the study.

We genotyped the rs4447635 and rs7419262 of the ACP1 gene using a 7500 Real-Time PCR System (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA, USA), in allelic discrimination mode. Print ISSN 1738-3684 / On-line ISSN 1976-3026 OPEN ACCESSAssociation analysis was perfomed using UNPHASED software (Frank Dudbridge MRC Biostatistics Unit Cambridge, UK). All tests were two-tailed and the results were considered significant when p≤0.05. At least 10% of the samples were retyped for quality control.

From 303 bipolar patients 132 (43.6%) had a history of at least one suicide attempt. No socio-demographic, genotypic or allelic differences were found between those subgroups. We further compared the genotypic and allelic frequencies between bipolar patients following the type of suicide attempt (violent or not). We found rs7419262 significant allelic and genotypic differences between the group of patients following the suicide attempt type, violent and nonviolent: [G 36 (65.09%) vs. 71 (44.94) and C 37 (34.91) vs. 87 (55.06); in violent vs. non violent suicide attempts respectively; χ2=10.46, p=0.003] and Genotypic: violent vs. non violent [GG 26 (49.06) vs. 18 (22.78); GC 17 (32.08) vs. 35 (44.30); CC 10 (18.87) vs. 26 (32.91) χ2=10.03; p=0.009]. All p values were correct by 1000 permutations.

Our study is a replication, with another approach, and in a different genetic origin of a previous study that showed association between ACP1 gene and suicide. We here found rs7419262 ACP1 gene polymorphism is associated with suicide attempt type (violent or not). Our results are in line with many previous studies showing that suicide attempt types may have different biological substrates and that violent suicide attempt is as phenotype more consistently close to completed suicide than non violent suicide attempt.3 Functional studies still need to establish the role of ACP1 on psychiatric disorders especially on bipolar disorder with suicide attempts.


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