Abhishek K Shah

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Genome-wide expression analysis using next generation sequencing (RNA-Seq) provides an opportunity for in-depth molecular profiling of fundamental biological processes, such as cellular differentiation and malignant transformation. Differentiating human neurons derived from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) provide an ideal system for RNA-Seq since(More)
Induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology has the potential to transform regenerative medicine. It also offers a powerful tool for establishing in vitro models of disease, in particular, for neuropsychiatric disorders where live human neurons are essentially impossible to procure. Using iPSCs derived from three schizophrenia (SZ) patients, one of whom(More)
Copy number variants (CNVs) affecting the neurexin 1 (NRXN1) gene have been found in a subgroup of patients with schizophrenia (SZ). NRXN1 expression is complex, with multiple alternative splice forms generated from two major transcripts; NRXN1alpha and NRXN1beta. The majority of CNVs in SZ are deletions affecting the proximal NRXN1alpha exons and promoter(More)
Therapeutic concentrations of lithium salts inhibit glycogen synthase kinase 3 beta (GSK3β) and phosphoinositide (PI) signaling suggesting that abnormal activation of these pathways could be a factor in the pathophysiology of bipolar disorder (BD). Involvement of these pathways is also supported by recent genome-wide association studies (GWASs). One way(More)
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