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Behavioural effects of imprinted genes

Davies, Jennifer R. ORCID:, Dent, Claire, McNamara, Grainne and Isles, Anthony Roger ORCID: 2015. Behavioural effects of imprinted genes. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 2 , pp. 28-33. 10.1016/j.cobeha.2014.07.008

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The importance of imprinted gene effects on brain and behaviour is becoming increasingly clear. In addition to roles in neurodevelopmental disorders such as Prader–Willi and Angelman syndromes, changes in expression of imprinted genes contribute to neuropsychiatric illness more generally. Imprinted genes are also critical for placental function, and can influence adult behavioural outcomes via effects on the supply and demand of nutrients from the mother. Finally, the high level of epigenetic regulation and parental specific monoallelic expression make this subset of mammalian genes candidates for mediating the behavioural effects of exposure to an adverse pre-natal and/or post-natal environment. Here we provide an overview of recent developments in our understanding of the different mechanisms via which imprinted genes can influence behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 2352-1546
Funders: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Date of Acceptance: 24 July 2014
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 10:13

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