Benjamin Feiner

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When compared to women, men have a higher incidence of schizophrenia, with increases in negative and cognitive symptoms, and an overall poorer disease course. Schizophrenia is conceptualized as a disorder of aberrant gene transcription and regulation. Thus, epigenetics, the study of environmentally induced changes in gene regulation, could advance our(More)
OBJECTIVE Activation of STAT1 is directly downstream of the cytokine receptors that signal from specific proinflammatory cytokines known to be dysregulated in schizophrenia (SZ), such as IFNγ, IL6, IL2 and IL10, as well as hypoxia, viral/bacterial infections and peptide growth factors. If the increased cytokine protein levels repeatedly observed in SZ have(More)
The relationship between cannabinoid receptor signaling and psychosis vulnerability requires further exploration. The endocannabinoid signaling system is extensive, with receptors exerting regulatory functions in both immune and central nervous systems. In the brain, cannabinoid receptors (CBR) directly modulate neurotransmitter systems. In the peripheral(More)
Energy metabolism and immunity are characterized as abnormal in schizophrenia. Because these two systems are highly coordinated, we measured expression of prototypic obesogenic and immunogenic genes in freshly harvested PBMC from controls and participants with schizophrenia. We report significant increases in PPARγ, SREBP1, IL-6 and TNFα, and decreases in(More)
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