Montreal: People with a specific mutated gene may be prone to schizophrenia, according to a Canadian study published Monday in a US scientific journal.The study led by University of Montreal researchers found new mutations in the so-called "SHANK3 gene" in schizophrenic patients."That these new mutations occur in schizophrenia is rather unexpected and may explain why the identification of the genes linked to this disease has been so difficult," senior author Guy Rouleau said in a statement.
These deformations have been observed in schizophrenia patients.Lead study author Julie Gauthier said the SHANK3 gene had "previously been linked to autism," which suggests "a molecular genetic link between these two neurodevelopmental disorders."It also means that SHANK3 "may have a role in other brain disorders," she said.Bureau Report
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