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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322827/structural-divergence-of-essential-triad-ribbon-synapse-proteins-among-placental-mammals-implications-for-preclinical-trials-in-photoreceptor-transplantation-therapy
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Christopher R J Laver, Joanne A Matsubara
As photoreceptor transplantation rapidly moves closer to the clinic, verifying graft efficacy in animal models may have unforeseen xenogeneic barriers. Although photoreceptor transplants have most convincingly exhibited functional synaptogenesis in conspecific studies, such evidence (while ruling out false-positives due to: viral graft labeling, fusion/cytosolic transfer, or neuroprotection) has not yet been shown for discordant xenografts. From this, a fundamental question should be raised: is useful xenosynaptogenesis likely between human photoreceptors and mouse retina? The triad ribbon synapse (TRS) that would normally form is unique and contains trans-synaptic proteins essential to its formation and function...
March 18, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320224/identification-of-common-neural-circuit-disruptions-in-cognitive-control-across-psychiatric-disorders
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Lisa M McTeague, Julia Huemer, David M Carreon, Ying Jiang, Simon B Eickhoff, Amit Etkin
OBJECTIVE: Cognitive deficits are a common feature of psychiatric disorders. The authors investigated the nature of disruptions in neural circuitry underlying cognitive control capacities across psychiatric disorders through a transdiagnostic neuroimaging meta-analysis. METHOD: A PubMed search was conducted for whole-brain functional neuroimaging articles published through June 2015 that compared activation in patients with axis I disorders and matched healthy control participants during cognitive control tasks...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315578/longitudinal-sleep-phenotypes-among-offspring-of-bipolar-parents-and-community-controls
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Jessica C Levenson, Adriane Soehner, Brian Rooks, Tina R Goldstein, Rasim Diler, John Merranko, David Axelson, Ben I Goldstein, David A Brent, Danella Hafeman, Mary Beth Hickey, Kelly Monk, Dara Sakolsky, David J Kupfer, Boris Birmaher
BACKGROUND: Sleep disturbances are a prominent feature of bipolar disorder (BP). However, it remains unclear how sleep phenotypes may evolve among at-risk youth, and their relevance to BP onset. METHODS: Pittsburgh Bipolar Offspring Study (BIOS) offspring (ages 10-18) and their parents completed assessments approximately every two years pertaining to current psychopathology and offspring sleep habits. A latent transition analysis (LTA) identified latent sleep groups within offspring based on their ratings of six sleep domains using the School Sleep Habits Survey...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295013/impact-of-familial-loading-on-prefrontal-activation-in-major-psychiatric-disorders-a-near-infrared-spectroscopy-nirs-study
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Kazutaka Ohi, Takamitsu Shimada, Hiroaki Kihara, Toshiki Yasuyama, Kazuyuki Sawai, Yukihisa Matsuda, Kazuaki Oshima, Hiroaki Okubo, Yusuke Nitta, Takashi Uehara, Yasuhiro Kawasaki
Family history (FH) is predictive of the development of major psychiatric disorders (PSY). Familial psychiatric disorders are largely a consequence of genetic factors and typically exhibit more severe impairments. Decreased prefrontal activity during verbal fluency testing (VFT) may constitute an intermediate phenotype for PSY. We investigated whether familial PSY were associated with a greater severity of prefrontal dysfunction in accordance with genetic loading. We measured prefrontal activity during VFT using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) in patients with schizophrenia (SCZ, n = 45), major depressive disorder (MDD, n = 26) or bipolar disorder (BIP, n = 22) and healthy controls (HC, n = 51)...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289279/next-gen-sequencing-identifies-non-coding-variation-disrupting-mirna-binding-sites-in-neurological-disorders
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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/28282074/-epigenetics-2-0-the-multiple-faces-of-the-genome
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Marcelo Rubinstein
Epigenetics is the branch of genetics that studies the dynamic relationship between stable genotypes and varying phenotypes. To this end, epigenetics aims to discover the molecular mechanisms that explain how different nutrients and hormones, environmental changes, and emotional, social and cognitive experiences modify gene expression and behaviors, even permanently so. Psychiatry has learned that diseases with strong genetic predisposition, such as schizophrenia, show a concordance of around 50% between monozygotic twins, thus evidencing the importance of the genetic background and the presence of environmental variables that stimulate or block phenotypic development...
September 2016: Vertex: Revista Argentina de Psiquiatriá
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277568/neurodevelopmental-perspectives-on-wnt-signaling-in-psychiatry
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Kimberly A Mulligan, Benjamin N R Cheyette
Mounting evidence indicates that Wnt signaling is relevant to pathophysiology of diverse mental illnesses including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism spectrum disorder. In the 35 years since Wnt ligands were first described, animal studies have richly explored how downstream Wnt signaling pathways affect an array of neurodevelopmental processes and how their disruption can lead to both neurological and behavioral phenotypes. Recently, human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) models have begun to contribute to this literature while pushing it in increasingly translational directions...
February 2017: Molecular Neuropsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277566/positive-traits-in-the-bipolar-spectrum-the-space-between-madness-and-genius
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REVIEW
Tiffany A Greenwood
Bipolar disorder is a severe, lifelong mood disorder for which little is currently understood of the genetic mechanisms underlying risk. By examining related dimensional phenotypes, we may further our understanding of the disorder. Creativity has a historical connection with the bipolar spectrum and is particularly enhanced among unaffected first-degree relatives and those with bipolar spectrum traits. This suggests that some aspects of the bipolar spectrum may confer advantages, while more severe expressions of symptoms negatively influence creative accomplishment...
February 2017: Molecular Neuropsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276657/investigation-of-correlations-between-dna-methylation-suicidal-behavior-and-aging
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Richie Jeremian, Yi-An Chen, Vincenzo De Luca, John B Vincent, James L Kennedy, Clement C Zai, John Strauss
OBJECTIVES: Suicidal behavior (SB) is a major cause of mortality for patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder (BD). In this study, we investigated epigenetic differences in BD participants with and without a history of SB. METHODS: We used suicidality scores constructed from Schedule for Clinical Assessments in Neuropsychiatry (SCAN) interview questions about suicidal thought and behavior to identify individuals from a BD cohort of n=452; participants with the most extreme high (H-SB, n=18) and most extreme low (L-SB, n=22) scores were used as cases and controls, respectively...
March 9, 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275544/polygenic-risk-for-five-psychiatric-disorders-and-cross-disorder-and-disorder-specific-neural-connectivity-in-two-independent-populations
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Tianqi Wang, Xiaolong Zhang, Ang Li, Meifang Zhu, Shu Liu, Wen Qin, Jin Li, Chunshui Yu, Tianzi Jiang, Bing Liu
Major psychiatric disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism (AUT), bipolar disorder (BD), major depressive disorder (MDD), and schizophrenia (SZ), are highly heritable and polygenic. Evidence suggests that these five disorders have both shared and distinct genetic risks and neural connectivity abnormalities. To measure aggregate genetic risks, the polygenic risk score (PGRS) was computed. Two independent general populations (N = 360 and N = 323) were separately examined to investigate whether the cross-disorder PGRS and PGRS for a specific disorder were associated with individual variability in functional connectivity...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272115/further-evidence-for-genetic-variation-at-the-serotonin-transporter-gene-slc6a4-contributing-toward-anxiety
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Andreas J Forstner, Stefanie Rambau, Nina Friedrich, Kerstin U Ludwig, Anne C Böhmer, Elisabeth Mangold, Anna Maaser, Timo Hess, Alexandra Kleiman, Antje Bittner, Markus M Nöthen, Jessica Becker, Franziska Geiser, Johannes Schumacher, Rupert Conrad
OBJECTIVES: Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is a common and heritable psychiatric disorder. However, genetic studies in SAD are rare and only a few candidate genes have been implicated so far. In the present study, we investigated whether single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with other psychiatric disorders also contribute toward the development of SAD and followed up variants associated with SAD on the phenotypic level. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We genotyped a total of 24 SNPs in a German sample of 321 SAD patients and 804 controls...
March 7, 2017: Psychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194004/genetic-contributions-to-self-reported-tiredness
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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
Self-reported tiredness and low energy, often called fatigue, are associated with poorer physical and mental health. Twin studies have indicated that this has a heritability between 6 and 50%. In the UK Biobank sample (N=108 976), we carried out a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of responses to the question, 'Over the last two weeks, how often have you felt tired or had little energy?' Univariate GCTA-GREML found that the proportion of variance explained by all common single-nucleotide polymorphisms for this tiredness question was 8...
February 14, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194001/enhancing-vta-cav1-3-l-type-ca-2-channel-activity-promotes-cocaine-and-mood-related-behaviors-via-overlapping-ampa-receptor-mechanisms-in-the-nucleus-accumbens
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A Martínez-Rivera, J Hao, T F Tropea, T P Giordano, M Kosovsky, R C Rice, A Lee, R L Huganir, J Striessnig, N A Addy, S Han, A M Rajadhyaksha
Genetic factors significantly influence susceptibility for substance abuse and mood disorders. Rodent studies have begun to elucidate a role of Cav1.3 L-type Ca(2+) channels in neuropsychiatric-related behaviors, such as addictive and depressive-like behaviors. Human studies have also linked the CACNA1D gene, which codes for the Cav1.3 protein, with bipolar disorder. However, the neurocircuitry and the molecular mechanisms underlying the role of Cav1.3 in neuropsychiatric phenotypes are not well established...
February 14, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193882/neuronal-hyperexcitability-in-a-mouse-model-of-scn8a-epileptic-encephalopathy
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Luis F Lopez-Santiago, Yukun Yuan, Jacy L Wagnon, Jacob M Hull, Chad R Frasier, Heather A O'Malley, Miriam H Meisler, Lori L Isom
Patients with early infantile epileptic encephalopathy (EIEE) experience severe seizures and cognitive impairment and are at increased risk for sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). EIEE13 [Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) # 614558] is caused by de novo missense mutations in the voltage-gated sodium channel gene SCN8A Here, we investigated the neuronal phenotype of a mouse model expressing the gain-of-function SCN8A patient mutation, p.Asn1768Asp (Nav1.6-N1768D). Our results revealed regional and neuronal subtype specificity in the effects of the N1768D mutation...
February 28, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186315/sleep-study-in-disruptive-mood-dysregulation-disorder-and-bipolar-children
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Xavier Estrada-Prat, Ion Álvarez-Guerrico, María J Bleda-Hernández, Ester Camprodon-Rosanas, Santiago Batlle-Vila, Elena Pujals-Altes, María T Nascimento-Osorio, Luís M Martín-López, Enric Álvarez-Martínez, Víctor Pérez-Solá, Soledad Romero-Cela
INTRODUCTION: Decreased need for sleep has been proposed as a core symptom of mania and it has been associated with the pathogenesis of Bipolar Disorder. The emergence of Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) as a new diagnostic has been controversial and much has been speculated about its relationship with the bipolar spectrum. REM sleep fragmentation could be a biomarker of affective disorders and it would help us to differentiate them from other disorders. METHOD: Polysomnographic cross-sectional study of children with DMDD, bipolar disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)...
January 2017: Actas Españolas de Psiquiatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160035/brexpiprazole-reduces-hyperactivity-impulsivity-and-risk-preference-behavior-in-mice-with-dopamine-transporter-knockdown-a-model-of-mania
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Morgane Milienne-Petiot, Mark A Geyer, Jørn Arnt, Jared W Young
RATIONALE: Bipolar disorder (BD) is a unique mood disorder defined by periods of depression and mania. The defining diagnosis of BD is the presence of mania/hypomania, with symptoms including hyperactivity and risk-taking. Since current treatments do not ameliorate cognitive deficits such as risky decision-making, and impulsivity that can negatively affect a patient's quality of life, better treatments are needed. OBJECTIVES: Here, we tested whether acute treatment with brexpiprazole, a serotonin-dopamine activity modulator with partial agonist activity at D2/3 and 5-HT1A receptors, would attenuate the BD mania-relevant behaviors of the dopamine transporter (DAT) knockdown mouse model of mania...
March 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157551/the-predictive-value-of-childhood-subthreshold-manic-symptoms-for-adolescent-and-adult-psychiatric-outcomes
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Efstathios Papachristou, Albertine J Oldehinkel, Johan Ormel, Dennis Raven, Catharina A Hartman, Sophia Frangou, Abraham Reichenberg
BACKGROUND: Childhood subthreshold manic symptoms may represent a state of developmental vulnerability to Bipolar Disorder (BD) and may also be associated with other adverse psychiatric outcomes. To test this hypothesis we examined the structure and predictive value of childhood subthreshold manic symptoms for common psychiatric disorders presenting by early adulthood. METHODS: Subthreshold manic symptoms at age 11 years and lifetime clinical outcomes by age 19 years were ascertained in the TRacking Adolescents' Individual Lives Survey (TRAILS), a prospective Dutch community cohort...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138157/forebrain-specific-ablation-of-phospholipase-c%C3%AE-1-causes-manic-like-behavior
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Y R Yang, J H Jung, S-J Kim, K Hamada, A Suzuki, H J Kim, J H Lee, O-B Kwon, Y K Lee, J Kim, E-K Kim, H-J Jang, D-S Kang, J-S Choi, C J Lee, J Marshall, H-Y Koh, C-J Kim, H Seok, S H Kim, J H Choi, Y-B Choi, L Cocco, S H Ryu, J-H Kim, P-G Suh
Manic episodes are one of the major diagnostic symptoms in a spectrum of neuropsychiatric disorders that include schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder (BD). Despite a possible association between BD and the gene encoding phospholipase Cγ1 (PLCG1), its etiological basis remains unclear. Here, we report that mice lacking phospholipase Cγ1 (PLCγ1) in the forebrain (Plcg1(f/f); CaMKII) exhibit hyperactivity, decreased anxiety-like behavior, reduced depressive-related behavior, hyperhedonia, hyperphagia, impaired learning and memory and exaggerated startle responses...
January 31, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109204/aquaspirillum-soli-sp-nov-isolated-from-a-soil-sample-in-the-people-s-republic-of-china
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Gabriela Moya, Huan Trinh, Zheng-Fei Yan, KyungHwa Won, Jung-Eun Yang, Qi-Jun Wang, MooChang Kook, Tae-Hoo Yi
A Gram-stain-negative, smooth, opaque, white pigmented, helical-shaped and motile bacterium by means of bipolar tufts of flagella, catalase- and oxidase-positive, grew under microaerophilic conditions, was isolated from soil sample of a reed pond in Shangqiu, Henan province, P. R. China. The strain named THG-SQE6T grows well at 25-42 oC, pH 6.5-7.5 and in the presence of 0-1 % (w/v) NaCl. The phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequence showed that the strain THG-SQE6T was most closely related to Aquaspirillum serpens IAM 13944T (97...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070120/the-protocadherin-17-gene-affects-cognition-personality-amygdala-structure-and-function-synapse-development-and-risk-of-major-mood-disorders
#20
H Chang, N Hoshina, C Zhang, Y Ma, H Cao, Y Wang, D-D Wu, S E Bergen, M Landén, C M Hultman, M Preisig, Z Kutalik, E Castelao, M Grigoroiu-Serbanescu, A J Forstner, J Strohmaier, J Hecker, T G Schulze, B Müller-Myhsok, A Reif, P B Mitchell, N G Martin, P R Schofield, S Cichon, M M Nöthen, H Walter, S Erk, A Heinz, N Amin, C M van Duijn, A Meyer-Lindenberg, H Tost, X Xiao, T Yamamoto, M Rietschel, M Li
Major mood disorders, which primarily include bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder, are the leading cause of disability worldwide and pose a major challenge in identifying robust risk genes. Here, we present data from independent large-scale clinical data sets (including 29 557 cases and 32 056 controls) revealing brain expressed protocadherin 17 (PCDH17) as a susceptibility gene for major mood disorders. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) spanning the PCDH17 region are significantly associated with major mood disorders; subjects carrying the risk allele showed impaired cognitive abilities, increased vulnerable personality features, decreased amygdala volume and altered amygdala function as compared with non-carriers...
January 10, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
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