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Cardiovascular Psychiatry and Neurology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 596945, 8 pages
Research Article

Fatty Acid Desaturase Gene Polymorphisms and Metabolic Measures in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Patients Taking Antipsychotics

1Department of Clinical Social and Administrative Sciences, University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, 428 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
2University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, 301 Pharmacy Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
3Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Michigan, 1500 Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA

Received 23 August 2013; Revised 1 November 2013; Accepted 1 November 2013

Academic Editor: Janusz K. Rybakowski

Copyright © 2013 Kyle J. Burghardt et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Atypical antipsychotics have become a common therapeutic option in both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. However, these medications come with a high risk of metabolic side effects, particularly dyslipidemia and insulin resistance. Therefore, identification of patients who are at increased risk for metabolic side effects is of great importance. The genetics of fatty acid metabolism is one area of research that may help identify such patients. Therefore, in this present study, we aimed to determine the effect of one commonly studied genetic polymorphism from both fatty acid desaturase 1 (FADS1) and FADS2 gene on a surrogate measure of insulin resistance and lipid levels in a metabolically high-risk population of patients largely exposed to atypical antipsychotics. This study used a cross-sectional design, fasting blood draws, and genetic analysis to investigate associations between polymorphisms, haplotypes, and metabolic measures. A total of 320 subjects with schizophrenia ( ) or bipolar disorder ( ) were included in this study. The mean age of the population was 42.5 years and 45% were male. A significant association between FADS1 and FADS2 haplotypes was found with insulin resistance while controlling for confounders. Further investigation is required to replicate this finding.