Manganese superoxide dismutase gene Ala–9Val polymorphism might be related to the severity of abnormal involuntary movements in Korean schizophrenic patients

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Abstract

Objective

This study examined whether the manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) gene Ala–9Val single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) is associated with neuroleptic-induced tardive dyskinesia (TD) and the severity of the abnormal involuntary movements in Korean schizophrenic patients.

Method

We investigated whether the MnSOD gene Ala–9Val SNP is associated with TD in Korean schizophrenic patients with (n = 83) and without (n = 126) TD who were matched for exposure to antipsychotics and other relevant variables.

Results

Logistic regression analysis revealed that being older (p = 0.026) was a risk factor for TD, but that there was no significant association between MnSOD gene and TD. Abnormal involuntary movements were more severe in carriers of the Ala allele than in noncarriers (p = 0.044).

Conclusion

These findings do not support that the MnSOD gene Ala–9Val SNP is associated with TD in Korean schizophrenic patients. However, this polymorphism might be related to the severity of abnormal involuntary movements in this population.

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