Marina M H Hakobjan

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The highly complex structure of the human brain is strongly shaped by genetic influences. Subcortical brain regions form circuits with cortical areas to coordinate movement, learning, memory and motivation, and altered circuits can lead to abnormal behaviour and disease. To investigate how common genetic variants affect the structure of these brain regions,(More)
BACKGROUND Impairment of response inhibition has been implicated in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Dopamine neurotransmission has been linked to the behavioural and neural correlates of response inhibition. The current study aimed to investigate the relationship of polymorphisms in two dopamine-related genes, the(More)
OBJECTIVE Irreversible hearing loss is a frequent side effect of the chemotherapeutic agent cisplatin and shows considerable interpatient variability. The variant rs1872328 in the ACYP2 gene was recently identified as a risk factor for the development of cisplatin-induced ototoxicity in children with brain tumors. We aimed to replicate this finding in(More)
OBJECTIVES Deficits in response inhibition have been associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Given the role of serotonin in ADHD and impulsivity, we postulated that genetic variants within the serotonin pathway might influence response inhibition. METHODS We measured neural activation during stop-signal task performance in(More)
An increasing number of candidate genes for common and rare brain disorders are discovered, but the mechanism of action through which these genes cause disease is often still unclear. Some of the genetic factors known to increase the risk for common brain disorders affect brain structure, even in healthy individuals, and therefore possibly have a role in(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by nigrostriatal dopaminergic degeneration. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a key protein in brain plasticity and is particularly important for survival of dopaminergic neurons. The Val66Met polymorphism of BDNF (rs6265) has been associated with functional differences (mainly(More)
BACKGROUND The nitric oxide synthase gene (NOS1) exon 1f (ex1f) VNTR is a known genetic risk factor for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), particularly in females. NOS1 plays an important role in neurite outgrowth and may thus influence brain development, specifically white matter (WM) microstructure, which is known to be altered in ADHD. The(More)
Anorectal malformations (ARM) are rare congenital malformations of the gastrointestinal tract. Approximately 60 % of the patients have additional congenital malformations, such as hypospadias. A recently published article showed that deletion of one single gene, dickkopf WNT signaling pathway inhibitor-1 (Dkk1), resulted in an imperforate anus with(More)
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