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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322284/genomic-resources-for-the-study-of-neuropsychiatric-disorders
#1
G Senthil, T Dutka, L Bingaman, T Lehner
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has made sustained investments in the development of genomic resources over the last two decades. These investments have led to the development of the largest biorepository for psychiatric genetics as a centralized national resource. In the realm of genomic resources, NIMH has been supporting large team science (TS) consortia focused on gene discovery, fine mapping of loci, and functional genomics using state-of-the-art technologies. The scientific output from these efforts has not only begun to transform our understanding of the genetic architecture of neuropsychiatric disorders, but it has also led to a broader cultural change among the investigator community towards deeper collaborations and broad pre-publication sharing of data and resources...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322283/susceptibility-to-neurofibrillary-tangles-role-of-the-ptprd-locus-and-limited-pleiotropy-with-other-neuropathologies
#2
L B Chibnik, C C White, S Mukherjee, T Raj, L Yu, E B Larson, T J Montine, C D Keene, J Sonnen, J A Schneider, P K Crane, J M Shulman, D A Bennett, P L De Jager
Tauopathies, including Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other neurodegenerative conditions, are defined by a pathological hallmark: neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs). NFT accumulation is thought to be closely linked to cognitive decline in AD. Here, we perform a genome-wide association study for NFT pathologic burden and report the association of the PTPRD locus (rs560380, P=3.8 × 10(-8)) in 909 prospective autopsies. The association is replicated in an independent data set of 369 autopsies. The association of PTPRD with NFT is not dependent on the accumulation of amyloid pathology...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322282/maternal-immune-activation-dysregulation-of-the-fetal-brain-transcriptome-and-relevance-to-the-pathophysiology-of-autism-spectrum-disorder
#3
M V Lombardo, H M Moon, J Su, T D Palmer, E Courchesne, T Pramparo
Maternal immune activation (MIA) via infection during pregnancy is known to increase risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, it is unclear how MIA disrupts fetal brain gene expression in ways that may explain this increased risk. Here we examine how MIA dysregulates rat fetal brain gene expression (at a time point analogous to the end of the first trimester of human gestation) in ways relevant to ASD-associated pathophysiology. MIA downregulates expression of ASD-associated genes, with the largest enrichments in genes known to harbor rare highly penetrant mutations...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322281/identification-of-a-novel-fast-acting-gabaergic-antidepressant
#4
K M J McMurray, M J Ramaker, A M Barkley-Levenson, P S Sidhu, P K Elkin, M K Reddy, M L Guthrie, J M Cook, V H Rawal, L A Arnold, S C Dulawa, A A Palmer
Current pharmacotherapies for depression exhibit slow onset, side effects and limited efficacy. Therefore, identification of novel fast-onset antidepressants is desirable. GLO1 is a ubiquitous cellular enzyme responsible for the detoxification of the glycolytic byproduct methylglyoxal (MG). We have previously shown that MG is a competitive partial agonist at GABA-A receptors. We examined the effects of genetic and pharmacological inhibition of GLO1 in two antidepressant assay models: the tail suspension test (TST) and the forced swim test (FST)...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322280/genetic-contributions-to-self-reported-tiredness
#5
V Deary, S P Hagenaars, S E Harris, W D Hill, G Davies, D C M Liewald, A M McIntosh, C R Gale, I J Deary
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322279/pluripotent-stem-cells-in-neuropsychiatric-disorders
#6
REVIEW
M A Soliman, F Aboharb, N Zeltner, L Studer
Neuropsychiatric disorders place an enormous medical burden on patients across all social and economic ranks. The current understanding of the molecular and cellular causes of neuropsychiatric disease remains limited, which leads to a lack of targeted therapies. Human-induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology offers a novel platform for modeling the genetic contribution to mental disorders and yields access to patient-specific cells for drug discovery and personalized medicine. Here, we review recent progress in using iPSC technology to model and potentially treat neuropsychiatric disorders by focusing on the most prevalent conditions in psychiatry, including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322278/early-life-adversity-and-telomere-length-a-meta-analysis
#7
K K Ridout, M Levandowski, S J Ridout, L Gantz, K Goonan, D Palermo, L H Price, A R Tyrka
Early adversity, in the form of abuse, neglect, socioeconomic status and other adverse experiences, is associated with poor physical and mental health outcomes. To understand the biologic mechanisms underlying these associations, studies have evaluated the relationship between early adversity and telomere length, a marker of cellular senescence. Such results have varied in regard to the size and significance of this relationship. Using meta-analytic techniques, we aimed to clarify the relationship between early adversity and telomere length while exploring factors affecting the association, including adversity type, timing and study design...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322277/paternal-cocaine-taking-elicits-epigenetic-remodeling-and-memory-deficits-in-male-progeny
#8
M E Wimmer, L A Briand, B Fant, L A Guercio, A C Arreola, H D Schmidt, S Sidoli, Y Han, B A Garcia, R C Pierce
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322276/identifying-fast-onset-antidepressants-using-rodent-models
#9
M J Ramaker, S C Dulawa
Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the burden of suicide. A major limitation of classical antidepressants is that 2-4 weeks of continuous treatment is required to elicit therapeutic effects, prolonging the period of depression, disability and suicide risk. Therefore, the development of fast-onset antidepressants is crucial. Preclinical identification of fast-onset antidepressants requires animal models that can accurately predict the delay to therapeutic onset. Although several well-validated assay models exist that predict antidepressant potential, few thoroughly tested animal models exist that can detect therapeutic onset...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322275/oxidative-stress-driven-parvalbumin-interneuron-impairment-as-a-common-mechanism-in-models-of-schizophrenia
#10
P Steullet, J-H Cabungcal, J Coyle, M Didriksen, K Gill, A A Grace, T K Hensch, A-S LaMantia, L Lindemann, T M Maynard, U Meyer, H Morishita, P O'Donnell, M Puhl, M Cuenod, K Q Do
Parvalbumin inhibitory interneurons (PVIs) are crucial for maintaining proper excitatory/inhibitory balance and high-frequency neuronal synchronization. Their activity supports critical developmental trajectories, sensory and cognitive processing, and social behavior. Despite heterogeneity in the etiology across schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder, PVI circuits are altered in these psychiatric disorders. Identifying mechanism(s) underlying PVI deficits is essential to establish treatments targeting in particular cognition...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322274/a-rare-missense-variant-in-rcl1-segregates-with-depression-in-extended-families
#11
N Amin, F M S de Vrij, M Baghdadi, R W W Brouwer, J G J van Rooij, O Jovanova, A G Uitterlinden, A Hofman, H L A Janssen, S Darwish Murad, R Kraaij, J Stedehouder, M C G N van den Hout, J M Kros, W F J van IJcken, H Tiemeier, S A Kushner, C M van Duijn
Depression is the most prevalent psychiatric disorder with a complex and elusive etiology that is moderately heritable. Identification of genes would greatly facilitate the elucidation of the biological mechanisms underlying depression, however, its complex etiology has proved to be a major bottleneck in the identification of its genetic risk factors, especially in genome-wide association-like studies. In this study, we exploit the properties of a genetic isolate and its family-based structure to explore whether relatively rare exonic variants influence the burden of depressive symptoms in families...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322273/neuregulin-2-ablation-results-in-dopamine-dysregulation-and-severe-behavioral-phenotypes-relevant-to-psychiatric-disorders
#12
L Yan, A Shamir, M Skirzewski, E Leiva-Salcedo, O B Kwon, I Karavanova, D Paredes, O Malkesman, K R Bailey, D Vullhorst, J N Crawley, A Buonanno
Numerous genetic and functional studies implicate variants of Neuregulin-1 (NRG1) and its neuronal receptor ErbB4 in schizophrenia and many of its endophenotypes. Although the neurophysiological and behavioral phenotypes of NRG1 mutant mice have been investigated extensively, practically nothing is known about the function of NRG2, the closest NRG1 homolog. We found that NRG2 expression in the adult rodent brain does not overlap with NRG1 and is more extensive than originally reported, including expression in the striatum and medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), and therefore generated NRG2 knockout mice (KO) to study its function...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322272/neuroanatomic-epigenetic-and-genetic-differences-in-monozygotic-twins-discordant-for-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
#13
Y-C Chen, G Sudre, W Sharp, F Donovan, S C Chandrasekharappa, N Hansen, L Elnitski, P Shaw
The study of monozygotic twins discordant for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can elucidate mechanisms that contribute to the disorder, which affects ~7% of children. First, using in vivo neuroanatomic imaging on 14 pairs of monozygotic twins (mean age 9.7, s.d. 1.9 years), we found that discordance for the disorder is mirrored by differing dimensions of deep brain structures (the striatum and cerebellum), but not the cerebral cortex. Next, using whole-blood DNA from the same twins, we found a significant enrichment of epigenetic differences in genes expressed in these 'discordant' brain structures...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289284/the-schizophrenia-risk-gene-znf804a-clinical-associations-biological-mechanisms-and-neuronal-functions
#14
REVIEW
H Chang, X Xiao, M Li
ZNF804A (zinc-finger protein 804A) has been recognized as a schizophrenia risk gene across multiple world populations. Its intronic single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs1344706 is among one of the strongest susceptibility variants that have achieved genome-wide significance in genome-wide association studies (GWAS) for schizophrenia and has been widely and intensively studied. To elucidate the biological mechanisms underlying the genetic risk conferred by rs1344706, we retrospectively analyzed the progresses in brain gene expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) analyses, ZNF804A-induced pathway alterations in neural cells and changes in synaptic phenotypes associated with ZNF804A expression...
March 14, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289283/the-dopamine-hypothesis-of-bipolar-affective-disorder-the-state-of-the-art-and-implications-for-treatment
#15
REVIEW
A H Ashok, T R Marques, S Jauhar, M M Nour, G M Goodwin, A H Young, O D Howes
Bipolar affective disorder is a common neuropsychiatric disorder. Although its neurobiological underpinnings are incompletely understood, the dopamine hypothesis has been a key theory of the pathophysiology of both manic and depressive phases of the illness for over four decades. The increased use of antidopaminergics in the treatment of this disorder and new in vivo neuroimaging and post-mortem studies makes it timely to review this theory. To do this, we conducted a systematic search for post-mortem, pharmacological, functional magnetic resonance and molecular imaging studies of dopamine function in bipolar disorder...
March 14, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289282/the-schizophrenia-and-autism-associated-gene-transcription-factor-4-regulates-the-columnar-distribution-of-layer-2-3-prefrontal-pyramidal-neurons-in-an-activity-dependent-manner
#16
S C Page, G R Hamersky, R A Gallo, M D Rannals, N E Calcaterra, M N Campbell, B Mayfield, A Briley, B N Phan, A E Jaffe, B J Maher
Disruption of the laminar and columnar organization of the brain is implicated in several psychiatric disorders. Here, we show in utero gain-of-function of the psychiatric risk gene transcription factor 4 (TCF4) severely disrupts the columnar organization of medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) in a transcription- and activity-dependent manner. This morphological phenotype was rescued by co-expression of TCF4 plus calmodulin in a calcium-dependent manner and by dampening neuronal excitability through co-expression of an inwardly rectifying potassium channel (Kir2...
March 14, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289281/oxytocin-by-intranasal-and-intravenous-routes-reaches-the-cerebrospinal-fluid-in-rhesus-macaques-determination-using-a-novel-oxytocin-assay
#17
M R Lee, K B Scheidweiler, X X Diao, F Akhlaghi, A Cummins, M A Huestis, L Leggio, B B Averbeck
Oxytocin (OT) is a potential treatment for multiple neuropsychiatric disorders. As OT is a peptide, delivery by the intranasal (IN) route is the preferred method in clinical studies. Although studies have shown increased cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) OT levels following IN administration, this does not unequivocably demonstrate that the peripherally administered OT is entering the CSF. For example, it has been suggested that peripheral delivery of OT could lead to central release of endogenous OT. It is also unknown whether the IN route provides for more efficient entry of the peptide into the CSF compared to the intravenous (IV) route, which requires blood-brain barrier penetration...
March 14, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289280/biochemical-physiological-and-clinical-effects-of-l-methylfolate-in-schizophrenia-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#18
J L Roffman, L J Petruzzi, A S Tanner, H E Brown, H Eryilmaz, N F Ho, M Giegold, N J Silverstein, T Bottiglieri, D S Manoach, J W Smoller, D C Henderson, D C Goff
Folic acid supplementation confers modest benefit in schizophrenia, but its effectiveness is influenced by common genetic variants in the folate pathway that hinder conversion to its active form. We examined physiological and clinical effects of l-methylfolate, the fully reduced and bioactive form of folate, in schizophrenia. In this randomized, double-blind trial, outpatients with schizophrenia (n=55) received l-methylfolate 15 mg or placebo for 12 weeks. Patients were maintained on stable doses of antipsychotic medications...
March 14, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289279/next-gen-sequencing-identifies-non-coding-variation-disrupting-mirna-binding-sites-in-neurological-disorders
#19
P Devanna, X S Chen, J Ho, D Gajewski, S D Smith, A Gialluisi, C Francks, S E Fisher, D F Newbury, S C Vernes
Understanding the genetic factors underlying neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders is a major challenge given their prevalence and potential severity for quality of life. While large-scale genomic screens have made major advances in this area, for many disorders the genetic underpinnings are complex and poorly understood. To date the field has focused predominantly on protein coding variation, but given the importance of tightly controlled gene expression for normal brain development and disorder, variation that affects non-coding regulatory regions of the genome is likely to play an important role in these phenotypes...
March 14, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289278/cafeteria-diet-and-probiotic-therapy-cross-talk-among-memory-neuroplasticity-serotonin-receptors-and-gut-microbiota-in-the-rat
#20
J E Beilharz, N O Kaakoush, J Maniam, M J Morris
The western diet is known to have detrimental effects on cognition and the gut microbiota, but few studies have investigated how these may be related. Here, we examined whether a probiotic could prevent diet-induced memory deficits. Rats were pre-exposed to vehicle, low or high doses of VSL#3 for 2 weeks before half were switched from chow to a cafeteria diet (Caf) for 25 days; VSL#3 treatment continued until death. High-dose VSL#3 prevented the diet-induced memory deficits on the hippocampal-dependent place task, but the probiotic caused deficits on the perirhinal-dependent object task, irrespective of diet or dose...
March 14, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
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