Advancement made in Schizophrenia research!
The study published have a new finding with a ray of hope
A study was published online on January 16th of 2019 in JAMA Psychiatry. Named “Association of a Schizophrenia-Risk Nonsynonymous Variant With Putamen Volume in Adolescents” by Qiang Luo PhD (the first arthor) from Institute of Science and Technology for Brain-Inspired Intelligence in Fudan University, Shanghai, China.
The study has found the gene that is required for development of putamen volume in the adolescent brain (SLC39A8- A zinc-transporter gene) under mutation can increase one’s risk for Schizophrenia. This finding means with coupling brain scans with this specific gene mutation tests could anticipate ones chances of developing Schizophrenia. Also, this paper opens up the gate for new treatments as the SLC39A8 gene accessible to pharmacologic manipulation as stated by the study team.
The article also stated “the paper strongly suggests that the association of SLC39A8 and schizophrenia may be due to impairment in typical neurodevelopment manifested in alterations in gray matter volume”. This statement suggests that the volume of the grey matter and SLC39A8 gene are associated.
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