Researchers identify ‘mental illness’ gene – ABCA13!

.

Researchers identify ‘mental illness’ gene – ABCA13!

According to a recent research published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, an international team of researchers have identified a gene, ABCA13, which probably plays a crucial role in case of mental illnesses, including depression, bipolar disorders and schizophrenia.

The link between ABCA13 and psychiatric illnesses has been established by the researchers - led by Douglas Blackwood, Professor of Psychiatric Genetics at Edinburgh University - on the basis of their comparative study of the genes of 2,000 psychiatric patients and 2,000 healthy people.

The researchers found that the gene was normally faulty to the extent of being partially inactive, in patients suffering from mental illness, vis-à-vis their healthy counterparts.

Noting that team feels that ABCA13 largely influences the manner of use of fat molecules in the brain, Dr Ben Pickard, of the University of Strathclyde, said: "'This study is the first to identify multiple points of DNA damage within a single gene that are linked with psychiatric illness. It strongly suggests that this gene may regulate an important part of brain function that fails in individuals diagnosed with these devastating disorders.'"

With the results of the research suggesting that the proper functioning of the ABCA13 gene helps in maintaining brain health, the researchers opine that the identification of the gene is a notable step in the direction of developing new methods for tackling psychiatric conditions.


Latest News

Springdale, the Small Utah town Finally Repeals Chain Restaurant Ban After a Dec
Oshkosh Corporation Won a $30billion Contract for Replacing Humvee Units of the
Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Fischer Hints Inflation is Likely to Rebound Permi
Trib Total Media Plans to Sell Nine Newspapers including Four Daily and Five Wee
Twitter Plans to Employ More Women Next Year to Diversify Its Workforce
OPEC Oil Producers Prepared to Endure Lower Oil Prices But will Continue their P
Stanley Fischer Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Says No Decision Has Been Taken fo
Biggest Daily Climb Noted in the Oil Markets in Past Six Years
According to Sources Marchionne to Take over as Both CEO and Chairman of Ferrari
Consumer Spending and Inflation Drops in Japan Adding Pressure on Policymakers
Patterson Companies, Inc reports $29.7 million First Quarter Profit
Gap Announced by Beginning of Next year It will Phase Out On-Call Scheduling