Synaptogenomics' is a concept that has been proposed in order to define the systematic analysis of variations in genes encoding proteins involved in synaptic plasticity mechanisms. 
It has been proposed that it will be helpful for the identification of novel causal and susceptibility genes for neuropsychiatric disorders and other neurocognitive phenotypes. There are more than 220 articles in PubMed (the main database of peer-reviewed scientific papers in biomedical research) describing results of explorations of polymorphisms in several synaptic genes (such as GRIN1, GRIN2B, CREB1, SNAP25, BDNF, among others) in different neuropsychiatric disorders (such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, autism, ADHD, among others). These analyses are important in the context of many previous investigations that show that many of these disorders are related to dysfunction of the synaptic plasticity mechanisms (called "synaptopathies") and that have strong hereditary components, which can be explored with the powerful methodological tools of the genomics field and other non-biased systematic approaches.

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Li JY, Plomann M, Brundin P. Huntington's disease: a synaptopathy? Trends Mol Med. 2003 Oct;9(10):414-20.

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Tan HY, Nicodemus KK, Chen Q, Li Z, Brooke JK, Honea R, Kolachana BS, Straub RE, Meyer-Lindenberg A, Sei Y, Mattay VS, Callicott JH, Weinberger DR. Genetic variation in AKT1 is linked to dopamine-associated prefrontal cortical structure and function in humans. J Clin Invest. 2008 Jun;118(6):2200-8.

Gratacòs M, González JR, Mercader JM, de Cid R, Urretavizcaya M, Estivill X. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor Val66Met and psychiatric disorders: meta-analysis of case-control studies confirm association to substance-related disorders, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. Biol Psychiatry. 2007 Apr 1;61(7):911-22.

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Grant SG, Marshall MC, Page KL, Cumiskey MA, Armstrong JD. Synapse proteomics of multiprotein complexes: en route from genes to nervous system diseases. Hum Mol Genet. 2005 Oct 15;14 Spec No. 2:R225-34.

Lee HJ, Song JY, Kim JW, Jin SY, Hong MS, Park JK, Chung JH, Shibata H, Fukumaki Y. Association study of polymorphisms in synaptic vesicle-associated genes, SYN2 and CPLX2, with schizophrenia. Behav Brain Funct. 2005 Aug 31;1:15.

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