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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645536/imaging-genetics-of-schizophrenia-in-the-post-gwas-era
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REVIEW
Ayla Arslan
Imaging genetics is a research methodology studying the effect of genetic variation on brain structure, function, behavior, and risk for psychopathology. Since the early 2000s, imaging genetics has been increasingly used in the research of schizophrenia (SZ). SZ is a severe mental disorder with no precise knowledge of its underlying neurobiology, however, new genetic and neurobiological data generate a climate for new avenues. The accumulating data of genome wide association studies (GWAS) continuously decode SZ risk genes...
June 20, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628228/epigenetic-mechanisms-underlying-nmda-receptor-hypofunction-in-the-prefrontal-cortex-of-juvenile-animals-in-the-mam-model-for-schizophrenia
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Yelena Gulchina, Song-Jun Xu, Melissa A Snyder, Felice Elefant, Wen-Jun Gao
Schizophrenia (SCZ) is characterized not only by psychosis, but also by working memory and executive functioning deficiencies, processes that rely on the prefrontal cortex (PFC). Because these cognitive impairments emerge prior to psychosis onset, we investigated synaptic function during development in the neurodevelopmental methylazoxymethanol acetate (MAM) model for SCZ. Specifically, we hypothesize that NMDAR hypofunction is attributable to reductions in the NR2B subunit through aberrant epigenetic regulation of gene expression, resulting in deficient synaptic physiology and PFC-dependent cognitive dysfunction, a hallmark of SCZ...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621701/epigenetics-insights-into-chronic-pain-dna-hypomethylation-in-fibromyalgia-a-controlled-pilot-study
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Daniel Ciampi de Andrade, Mariana Maschietto, Ricardo Galhardoni, Gisele Gouveia, Thais Chile, Ana C Victorino Krepischi, Camila S Dale, André R Brunoni, Daniella C Parravano, Ana S Cueva Moscoso, Irina Raicher, Helena H S Kaziyama, Manoel J Teixeira, Helena P Brentani
To evaluate changes in DNA methylation profiles in patients with fibromyalgia (FM) compared to matched healthy controls (HCs). All individuals underwent full clinical and neurophysiological assessment by cortical excitability (CE) parameters measured by transcranial magnetic stimulation. DNA from the peripheral blood of patients with FM (n = 24) and HC (n = 24) were assessed using the Illumina-HumanMethylation450 BeadChips. We identified 1610 differentially methylated positions (DMPs) in patients with FM displaying a nonrandom distribution in regions of the genome...
June 15, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578413/dna-methylation-in-schizophrenia-in-different-patient-derived-cell-types
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Alejandra M Vitale, Nicholas A Matigian, Alexandre S Cristino, Katia Nones, Sugandha Ravishankar, Bernadette Bellette, Yongjun Fan, Stephen A Wood, Ernst Wolvetang, Alan Mackay-Sim
DNA methylation of gene promoter regions represses transcription and is a mechanism via which environmental risk factors could affect cells during development in individuals at risk for schizophrenia. We investigated DNA methylation in patient-derived cells that might shed light on early development in schizophrenia. Induced pluripotent stem cells may reflect a "ground state" upon which developmental and environmental influences would be minimal. Olfactory neurosphere-derived cells are an adult-derived neuro-ectodermal stem cell modified by developmental and environmental influences...
January 23, 2017: NPJ Schizophrenia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560252/dna-methylation-in-schizophrenia-in-different-patient-derived-cell-types
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Alejandra M Vitale, Nicholas A Matigian, Alexandre S Cristino, Katia Nones, Sugandha Ravishankar, Bernadette Bellette, Yongjun Fan, Stephen A Wood, Ernst Wolvetang, Alan Mackay-Sim
DNA methylation of gene promoter regions represses transcription and is a mechanism via which environmental risk factors could affect cells during development in individuals at risk for schizophrenia. We investigated DNA methylation in patient-derived cells that might shed light on early development in schizophrenia. Induced pluripotent stem cells may reflect a "ground state" upon which developmental and environmental influences would be minimal. Olfactory neurosphere-derived cells are an adult-derived neuro-ectodermal stem cell modified by developmental and environmental influences...
2017: NPJ Schizophrenia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557385/-telomere-telomerase-system-in-aging-norm-and-pathology-literature-review
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K I Pavlov, V N Mukhin, V M Klimenko, V N Anisimov
This literature review presents results of research showing association between functional activity of the telomere-telomerase system and mental cognitive and emotional processes in normal and various pathological states: chronic stress, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, mild cognitive impairment and dementia in aging. It also refers to age-specific, psycho-social, economic, immunological, genetic and epigenetic factors that influence these relationships.
2017: Advances in Gerontology, Uspekhi Gerontologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545944/deviation-from-expected-cognitive-ability-across-psychotic-disorders
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W C Hochberger, T Combs, J L Reilly, J R Bishop, R S E Keefe, B A Clementz, M S Keshavan, G D Pearlson, C A Tamminga, S K Hill, J A Sweeney
Patients with schizophrenia show a deficit in cognitive ability compared to estimated premorbid and familial intellectual abilities. However, the degree to which this pattern holds across psychotic disorders and is familial is unclear. The present study examined deviation from expected cognitive level in schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and psychotic bipolar disorder probands and their first-degree relatives. Using a norm-based regression approach, parental education and WRAT-IV Reading scores (both significant predictors of cognitive level in the healthy control group) were used to predict global neuropsychological function as measured by the composite score from the Brief Assessment of Cognition in Schizophrenia (BACS) test in probands and relatives...
May 22, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545007/catechol-o-methyltransferase-gene-promoter-methylation-as-a-peripheral-biomarker-in-male-schizophrenia
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S Gao, J Cheng, G Li, T Sun, Y Xu, Y Wang, X Du, G Xu, S Duan
As an epigenetic modification, DNA methylation may reflect the interaction between genetic and environmental factors in the development of schizophrenia (SCZ). Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene is a promising candidate gene of SCZ. In the present study, we investigate the association of COMT methylation with the risk of SCZ using bisulfite pyrosequencing technology. Significant association between DNA methylation of COMT and the risk of SCZ is identified (P=1.618e-007). A breakdown analysis by gender shows that the significance is driven by males (P=3...
March 30, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523550/histone-posttranslational-modifications-in-schizophrenia
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Elizabeth A Thomas
Schizophrenia is a complex neuropsychiatric disorder with high heritability; however, family and twin studies have indicated that environmental factors also play important roles in the etiology of disease. Environmental triggers exert their influence on behavior via epigenetic mechanisms. Epigenetic modifications, such as histone acetylation and methylation, as well as DNA methylation, can induce lasting changes in gene expression and have therefore been implicated in promoting the behavioral and neuronal behaviors that characterize this disorder...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523549/dna-methylation-in-schizophrenia
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Lotta-Katrin Pries, Sinan Gülöksüz, Gunter Kenis
Schizophrenia is a highly heritable psychiatric condition that displays a complex phenotype. A multitude of genetic susceptibility loci have now been identified, but these fail to explain the high heritability estimates of schizophrenia. In addition, epidemiologically relevant environmental risk factors for schizophrenia may lead to permanent changes in brain function. In conjunction with genetic liability, these environmental risk factors-likely through epigenetic mechanisms-may give rise to schizophrenia, a clinical syndrome characterized by florid psychotic symptoms and moderate to severe cognitive impairment...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521044/cross-tissue-exploration-of-genetic-and-epigenetic-effects-on-brain-gray-matter-in-schizophrenia
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Dongdong Lin, Jiayu Chen, Stefan Ehrlich, Juan R Bustillo, Nora Perrone-Bizzozero, Esther Walton, Vincent P Clark, Yu-Ping Wang, Jing Sui, Yuhui Du, Beng C Ho, Charles S Schulz, Vince D Calhoun, Jingyu Liu
Closely linking genetics and environment factors, epigenetics has been of increasing interest in psychiatric disease studies. In this work, we integrated single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), DNA methylation of blood and saliva, and brain gray matter (GM) measures to explore the role of genetic and epigenetic variation to the brain structure changes in schizophrenia (SZ). By focusing on the reported SZ genetic risk regions, we applied a multi-stage multivariate analysis to a discovery dataset (92 SZ patients and 110 controls, blood) and an independent replication dataset (93 SZ patients and 99 controls, saliva)...
May 17, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516910/genetic-architecture-of-epigenetic-and-neuronal-ageing-rates-in-human-brain-regions
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Ake T Lu, Eilis Hannon, Morgan E Levine, Eileen M Crimmins, Katie Lunnon, Jonathan Mill, Daniel H Geschwind, Steve Horvath
Identifying genes regulating the pace of epigenetic ageing represents a new frontier in genome-wide association studies (GWASs). Here using 1,796 brain samples from 1,163 individuals, we carry out a GWAS of two DNA methylation-based biomarkers of brain age: the epigenetic ageing rate and estimated proportion of neurons. Locus 17q11.2 is significantly associated (P=4.5 × 10(-9)) with the ageing rate across five brain regions and harbours a cis-expression quantitative trait locus for EFCAB5 (P=3.4 × 10(-20))...
May 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485403/gad1-alternative-transcripts-and-dna-methylation-in-human-prefrontal-cortex-and-hippocampus-in-brain-development-schizophrenia
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R Tao, K N Davis, C Li, J H Shin, Y Gao, A E Jaffe, M C Gondré-Lewis, D R Weinberger, J E Kleinman, T M Hyde
Genetic variations and adverse environmental events in utero or shortly after birth can lead to abnormal brain development and increased risk of schizophrenia. γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA), the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the mammalian brain, plays a vital role in normal brain development. GABA synthesis is controlled by enzymes derived from two glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) genes, GAD1 and GAD2, both of which produce transcript isoforms. While the full-length GAD1 transcript (GAD67) has been implicated in the neuropathology of schizophrenia, the transcript structure of GAD1 in the human brain has not been fully characterized...
May 9, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480579/longitudinal-epigenetic-predictors-of-amygdala-hippocampus-volume-ratio
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Esther Walton, Charlotte A M Cecil, Matthew Suderman, Jingyu Liu, Jessica A Turner, Vince Calhoun, Stefan Ehrlich, Caroline L Relton, Edward D Barker
BACKGROUND: The ratio between amygdala:hippocampal (AH) volume has been associated with multiple psychiatric problems, including anxiety and aggression. Yet, little is known about its biological underpinnings. Here, we used a methylome-wide approach to test (a) whether DNA methylation in early life (birth, age 7) prospectively associates with total AH volume ratio in early adulthood, and (b) whether significant DNA methylation markers are influenced by prenatal risk factors. METHODS: Analyses were based on a subsample (n = 109 males) from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, which included measures of prenatal risk, DNA methylation (Infinium Illumina 450k), T1-weighted brain scans and psychopathology in early adulthood (age 18-21)...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470099/understanding-epigenetics-of-schizophrenia-in-the-backdrop-of-its-antipsychotic-drug-therapy
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Babu Swathy, Moinak Banerjee
The diatheses of gene and environment interaction in schizophrenia (SCZ) are becoming increasingly evident. Genetic and epigenetic backgrounds are being considered in stratifying and addressing phenotypic variation and drug response in SCZ. But how much of these epigenetic alterations are the primary contributing factor, toward disease pathogenesis and drug response, needs further clarity. Evidence indicates that antipsychotic drugs can also alter the epigenetic homeostasis thereby inducing pharmacoepigenomic effects...
May 2017: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463237/epigenetic-and-transgenerational-mechanisms-in-infection-mediated-neurodevelopmental-disorders
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REVIEW
U Weber-Stadlbauer
Prenatal infection is an environmental risk factor for various brain disorders with neurodevelopmental components, including autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia. Modeling this association in animals shows that maternal immune activation negatively affects fetal brain development and leads to the emergence of behavioral disturbances later in life. Recent discoveries in these preclinical models suggest that epigenetic modifications may be a critical molecular mechanism by which prenatal immune activation can mediate changes in brain development and functions, even across generations...
May 2, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439515/endogenous-retroviruses-with-us-and-against-us
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REVIEW
Thomas J Meyer, Jimi L Rosenkrantz, Lucia Carbone, Shawn L Chavez
Mammalian genomes are scattered with thousands of copies of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs), mobile genetic elements that are relics of ancient retroviral infections. After inserting copies into the germ line of a host, most ERVs accumulate mutations that prevent the normal assembly of infectious viral particles, becoming trapped in host genomes and unable to leave to infect other cells. While most copies of ERVs are inactive, some are transcribed and encode the proteins needed to generate new insertions at novel loci...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406917/methylomic-changes-in-individuals-with-psychosis-prenatally-exposed-to-endocrine-disrupting-compounds-lessons-from-diethylstilbestrol
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Fabrice Rivollier, Boris Chaumette, Narjes Bendjemaa, Mélanie Chayet, Bruno Millet, Nematollah Jaafari, Amina Barhdadi, Louis-Philippe Lemieux Perreault, Sylvie Provost, Marie-Pierre Dubé, Raphaël Gaillard, Marie-Odile Krebs, Oussama Kebir
BACKGROUND: In the Western world, between 1940 and 1970, more than 2 million people were exposed in utero to diethylstilbestrol (DES). In exposed individuals, and in their descendants, adverse outcomes have been linked to such exposure, including cancers, genital malformations, and less consistently, psychiatric disorders. We aimed to explore whether prenatal DES exposure would be associated with DNA methylation changes, and whether these epigenetic modifications would be associated with increased risk of psychosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387726/rethinking-the-epigenetic-framework-to-unravel-the-molecular-pathology-of-schizophrenia
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REVIEW
Ariel Cariaga-Martinez, Raúl Alelú-Paz
Schizophrenia is a complex mental disorder whose causes are still far from being known. Although researchers have focused on genetic or environmental contributions to the disease, we still lack a scientific framework that joins molecular and clinical findings. Epigenetic can explain how environmental variables may affect gene expression without modifying the DNA sequence. In fact, neuroepigenomics represents an effort to unify the research available on the molecular pathology of mental diseases, which has been carried out through several approaches ranging from interrogating single DNA methylation events and hydroxymethylation patterns, to epigenome-wide association studies, as well as studying post-translational modifications of histones, or nucleosomal positioning...
April 7, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372995/targeting-aggression-in-severe-mental-illness-the-predictive-role-of-genetic-epigenetic-and-metabolomic-markers
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REVIEW
Mirko Manchia, Vassilios Fanos
Human aggression is a complex and widespread social behavior that is overrepresented in individuals affected by severe mental illness (SMI), such as schizophrenia (SCZ), bipolar disorder (BD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A substantial proportion of the liability threshold for aggressive behavior is determined by genetic factors, and environmental moderators might precipitate the manifestation of this behavioral phenotype through modification of gene expression via the epigenetic machinery...
July 3, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
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