Elvira Marinescu

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Gene identification in common disorders such as Alzheimer disease and breast cancer has greatly profited from the use of age of onset as criterion to delineate subgroups of disease characterized by different inheritance patterns. In bipolar affective disorder, where the majority of linkage studies have produced conflicting results, studies reporting(More)
Seventy-two proband children aged 10-17 of bipolar parents, matched with 72 control children of normal parents, were investigated using DSM-III diagnostic criteria and multiple sources of information. The psychopathology rate in children (61% in probands versus 25% in controls) was related to the impact of psychic disorders on the children's adaptive(More)
Ninety-six children aged 10-17 of unipolar endogenous depressive proband parents and 96 matched control children of well parents were investigated using DSM-IIIR diagnostic criteria. Both sets of parents were also studied. Although the rate of psychopathology was significantly higher in proband than in control children, adaptive functioning as a measure of(More)
Two recent studies [McMahon et al., 1995: Am J Hum Genet 56:1277-1286; Gershon et al., 1996: Am J Med Genet (Neuropsychiatr Genet) 67:202-207] reported an excess of maternal transmission in bipolar affective disorder in multiply affected families. In a sample of 130 families ascertained through a bipolar proband without regard to psychiatric family history(More)
The phenotypic indicators of the genomic imprinting model were applied to clinical psychopathology data on 100 bipolar (BP) I probands and their families. The paternal transmission was associated with a significantly younger age of onset of the BP illness in probands and a higher rate of affective disorders in first- and second-degree relatives. The effect(More)
The study of the familial psychopathology in relatives of restrictive anorexia nervosa (AN) probands whose diagnosis was verified during a long-term follow-up was aimed at determining behavioural phenotypes with which AN could share the genetic liability. A total of 185 first degree relatives of 68 restrictive AN patients with adolescent onset followed up(More)
Seventy two children aged 10-17 of 42 endogenous unipolar depressive parents (proband children) and 72 children aged 10-17 of 66 normal parental couples (control children) were studied. Overall rate of psychopathology (disorders present at the time of investigation and one year before) reached 51% in proband children and 29% in control children. Depressive(More)