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    Publication Date: 2011-04-15
    Description: Schizophrenia (SCZD) is a debilitating neurological disorder with a world-wide prevalence of 1%; there is a strong genetic component, with an estimated heritability of 80-85%. Although post-mortem studies have revealed reduced brain volume, cell size, spine density and abnormal neural distribution in the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus of SCZD brain tissue and neuropharmacological studies have implicated dopaminergic, glutamatergic and GABAergic activity in SCZD, the cell types affected in SCZD and the molecular mechanisms underlying the disease state remain unclear. To elucidate the cellular and molecular defects of SCZD, we directly reprogrammed fibroblasts from SCZD patients into human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) and subsequently differentiated these disorder-specific hiPSCs into neurons (Supplementary Fig. 1). SCZD hiPSC neurons showed diminished neuronal connectivity in conjunction with decreased neurite number, PSD95-protein levels and glutamate receptor expression. Gene expression profiles of SCZD hiPSC neurons identified altered expression of many components of the cyclic AMP and WNT signalling pathways. Key cellular and molecular elements of the SCZD phenotype were ameliorated following treatment of SCZD hiPSC neurons with the antipsychotic loxapine. To date, hiPSC neuronal pathology has only been demonstrated in diseases characterized by both the loss of function of a single gene product and rapid disease progression in early childhood. We now report hiPSC neuronal phenotypes and gene expression changes associated with SCZD, a complex genetic psychiatric disorder.〈br /〉〈br /〉〈a href="" target="_blank"〉〈img src="" border="0"〉〈/a〉   〈a href="" target="_blank"〉This paper as free author manuscript - peer-reviewed and accepted for publication〈/a〉〈br /〉〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Notes: 〈/span〉Brennand, Kristen J -- Simone, Anthony -- Jou, Jessica -- Gelboin-Burkhart, Chelsea -- Tran, Ngoc -- Sangar, Sarah -- Li, Yan -- Mu, Yangling -- Chen, Gong -- Yu, Diana -- McCarthy, Shane -- Sebat, Jonathan -- Gage, Fred H -- P01 NS028121/NS/NINDS NIH HHS/ -- P30 NS072031/NS/NINDS NIH HHS/ -- R01 MH083911/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/ -- England -- Nature. 2011 May 12;473(7346):221-5. doi: 10.1038/nature09915. Epub 2011 Apr 13.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Author address: 〈/span〉Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Laboratory of Genetics, 10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla California 92037, USA.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Record origin:〈/span〉 〈a href="" target="_blank"〉PubMed〈/a〉
    Keywords: Adolescent ; Adult ; Antipsychotic Agents/pharmacology ; Cell Differentiation ; Cells, Cultured ; Cellular Reprogramming/genetics ; Child ; Female ; Fibroblasts/cytology ; Gene Expression Profiling ; *Gene Expression Regulation/drug effects ; Humans ; Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins/metabolism ; Loxapine/pharmacology ; Male ; Membrane Proteins/metabolism ; Models, Biological ; Neurites ; Neurons/*cytology/drug effects/*metabolism ; Phenotype ; Pluripotent Stem Cells/*cytology/*metabolism/pathology ; Receptors, Glutamate/metabolism ; Schizophrenia/*pathology ; Young Adult
    Print ISSN: 0028-0836
    Electronic ISSN: 1476-4687
    Topics: Biology , Chemistry and Pharmacology , Medicine , Natural Sciences in General , Physics
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