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Using human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) and iPSC-derived neurons to explore cellular phenotypes associated with schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia and major mental illness are common devastating conditions. Whilst partially effective treatments are available, none are disease-modifying. Notwithstanding important insights provided by animal models there is a need for novel models of mental illness to develop more effective therapies. A study of sporadic schizophrenia-derived human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPS) has demonstrated a neuronal phenotype representing a powerful proof of concept of in vitro disease modeling, even for diseases with complex causation such as schizophrenia. These techniques have been used here to examine the behaviour of neural stem cells and neurons derived from fibroblasts from subjects carrying NDE1 copy number variations (CNVs) associated with increased risk of major mental illness. Using hiPS from individuals with and without disease-associated CNVs we have investigated how disease risk is conferred at a cellular and molecular level through detailed comparative studies of neural progenitor proliferation, neuronal morphology, physiology, cytoskeletal organization, synaptic function, glutamate (NMDA) receptor expression and also RNA sequencing and proteomic studies of these patient-derived cells.

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Dataset ID Description Technology Samples
EGAD00001004064 NextSeq 550 12