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Schizophrenia linked to genetic mutation

January 27 2007

It turns out that genetic modification may lead to a predisposition to schizophrenia. Scientists from the Shanghai University have found the relationship between genetic alterations and schizophrenia, by studying two separate groups of Chinese patients suffering from this disease. Researchers believe that gene susceptibility to schizophrenia is responsible for the biological response to adverse environmental conditions.

CHI3L1 gene acts as a survival factor in response to adverse conditions. Scientists have found that schizophrenic patients, a change in the level of protein, which encodes the gene. Protein helps the body resist inflammation, lack of food, oxygen deficiency. These causes produce elevated levels of synthesis of this protein. In addition, the gene is located on a segment of the chromosome, which is associated with schizophrenia, according

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