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Article Date: 26 Feb 2011 – 0:00 PST

 

A rare genetic malfunction which only affects 0.3% of patients may eventually lead the way to better treatment for some individuals with schizophrenia, say scientists from the University of California, San Diego, USA. The NIH-funded study found that people with schizophrenia are 14 times more likely to have multiple copies of a gene on Chromosome 7 than those in the control group.


The faults were found in the gene for VIPR2, the receptor for VIP (vasoactive intestinal peptide). VIP is a chemical messenger experts say plays a role in the development of the brain. When examining patients’ blood they found that they had excess VIP activity.


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