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Novartis Foundation Symposium 289 Growth Factors and Psychiatric Disorders von Unknown (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 15.04.2008
  • Verlag: Wiley
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Novartis Foundation Symposium 289

The recent identification of susceptibility genes for schizophrenia, depression and learning and memory dysfunction suggest that psychiatric disorders may be influenced by a small number of genes with multiple actions. This is the first book to investigate the role of growth factors in these disorders, which should provide clues to the underlying biochemical mechanisms. For example, recent studies have substantiated the provocative finding that neuregulin 1 (NRG1) is a candidate gene for schizophrenia. Neuregulin and its receptors, the ErbB tyrosine kinases, are essential for development of the cardiovascular and nervous systems. Lack of NRG1 function may be involved in dysregulation of synaptogenesis and synaptic plasticity in the adult mediated through glutamate receptor function. Polymorphisms for BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) have also been implicated in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. BDNF is a prevalent neurotrophic factor that plays an important role in the pathophysiology of depression, bipolar disease and other psychiatric disorders. Other topics addressed in this book include neuroplasticity and neurotrophic factors, signal transduction by neurotrophins, intracellular trafficking of growth factors, trophic factors and cognitive functions, neurotrophins and depression, and pharmacological treatments of schizophrenia. The Novartis Foundation is an international scientific and educational charity which promotes the study and general knowledge of science and in particular encourages international co-operation in scientific research. Chair: MOSES V CHAO, Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, New York, USA

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    Format: PDF
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Seitenzahl: 260
    Erscheinungsdatum: 15.04.2008
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9780470751268
    Verlag: Wiley
    Größe: 7861 kBytes
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