Schizophrenia linked to genetic structural abnormality in adolescent brain

Medical Xpress | January 16, 2019

Schizophrenia could be caused by a genetic mutation that causes a structural abnormality in the brain during adolescence. Therefore testing for the gene SLC39A8, and brain scans for schizophrenia could predict whether or not someone will develop it—researchers at the University of Warwick have found. Abnormal brain development in adolescence is associated with adult mental illness. Researchers from the University of Warwick have discovered how genes that are directly associated with mental illness become pathogenic.
Feng Jianfeng's research team, from the Department of Computer Science, have analyzed over 10,000 genetic imaging data collected from more than 20 universities in 6 countries. By whole-brain and whole-genome association study, they have found that a genetic mutation—that was associated with higher risk for schizophrenia, was significantly correlated to the enlargement of putamen volume in adolescent brains.

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