Montserrat Díaz-Hernández

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BACKGROUND Pharmacological studies indicate a dysregulation of the serotonergic system in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). A variable number tandem repeats (VNTR) polymorphism with three alleles (Stin2.9, Stin2.10, Stin2.12) has been described in intron 2 of the serotonin transporter (5-HTT) gene. This polymorphism has been associated with unipolar(More)
Serotonin (5-HT) receptors may have a role in suicidal behavior. Previous studies have shown an association between the T102C polymorphism of the 5-HT2a receptor gene and suicidal behavior. However, negative findings have also been reported. We examined the association between the T102C and C1354T (His452Tyr) polymorphisms of the 5-HT2a receptor gene and(More)
The evolution of treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus infection has led to improved therapeutic efficacy. However, a major problem is the presence of side effects that require modification or withdrawal of drug therapy in 15-20% of cases. This could potentially influence the lack of sustained viral response in 50% of the cases. Side effects are common,(More)
Limbic glutamatergic neurotransmission plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of anxiety disorders. Polyamines modulate the activity of several ionotropic glutamate receptors and have been involved in the regulation of fear-conditioning response. Spermidine/spermine N1-acetyltransferase (SSAT-1) is the main enzyme regulating polyamine catabolism. The aim(More)
BACKGROUND Complex behaviors such as suicidal behavior likely exhibit gene-gene interactions. The main aim of this study is to explore potential single nucleotide polymorphisms combinations with epistatic effect in suicidal behavior using a data mining tool (Multifactor Dimensionality Reduction). METHODS Genomic DNA from peripheral blood samples was(More)
Our aim was to examine a possible association between substance dependence and the TaqIA polymorphism of the D2 dopamine receptor (DRD2), a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) located at the 3' UTR region of the DRD2 gene. A case-control design stratified by gender was used to analyze the genotypes of this SNP in a sample of 125 substance-dependent(More)
Patients suffering from psychosis show increased blood and fibroblast total polyamine levels. Spermidine/spermine N1-acetyltransferase (SSAT-1) and its coding gene (SAT-1) are the main factors regulating polyamine catabolism. The aim of the present study was to examine the association between the SAT-1 -1415T/C single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and(More)
Despite marked morbidity and mortality associated with suicidal behavior, accurate identification of individuals at risk remains elusive. The goal of this study is to identify a model based on single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that discriminates between suicide attempters and non-attempters using data mining strategies. We examined functional SNPs (n =(More)
Studies have shown an association between the T102C polymorphism of the 5HT2a receptor gene and schizophrenia. However, negative findings have also been reported. We conducted a case-control study of the T102C polymorphism in Spanish Caucasians. We compared T102C polymorphism genotypes and allele frequencies in 188 schizophrenia patients and 440 healthy(More)
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