Scott C. Fears

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We review evidence that structural brain abnormalities are associated with abuse of amphetamines. A brief history of amphetamine use/abuse and evidence for toxicity is followed by a summary of findings from structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies of human subjects who had abused amphetamines and children who were exposed to amphetamines in(More)
The Enhancing NeuroImaging Genetics through Meta-Analysis (ENIGMA) Consortium is a collaborative network of researchers working together on a range of large-scale studies that integrate data from 70 institutions worldwide. Organized into Working Groups that tackle questions in neuroscience, genetics, and medicine, ENIGMA studies have analyzed neuroimaging(More)
BCL6, a gene on chromosome 3 band q27, encodes a Kruppel-type zinc finger transcriptional repressor. Rearrangements of this gene are frequent in various kinds of lymphomas, particularly of the large-cell B-cell type. The BCL6 nuclear phosphoprotein is expressed in a variety of tissues and is up-regulated particularly in lymph node germinal centers. The zinc(More)
The EVI1 gene, located at chromosome band 3q26, is overexpressed in some myeloid leukemia patients with breakpoints either 5' of the gene in the t(3;3)(q21;q26) or 3' of the gene in the inv(3)(q21q26). EVI1 is also expressed as part of a fusion transcript with the transcription factor AML1 in the t(3;21)(q26;q22), associated with myeloid leukemia. In cells(More)
The area and volume of brain structural features, as assessed by high-resolution three-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), are among the most heritable measures relating to the human CNS. We have conducted MRI scanning of all available monkeys >2 years of age (n = 357) from the extended multigenerational pedigree of the Vervet Research Colony(More)
The recently identified ETV6/CBFA2 (formerly known as TEL/AML1) fusion gene occurs as a result of the t(12;21)(p12;q22). Initial reports have indicated that the fusion transcript occurs in up to 30% of children diagnosed with B-cell precursor (CD10+, CD19+) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). In order to characterize the incidence of the t(12;21) at both(More)
The t(12;21) (p 13; q22) results in the fusion of the TEL gene located on chromosome 12 with the AML1 gene located on the derivative chromosome 21. Because this translocation is difficult to detect using standard cytogenetic techniques, 27 previously karyotyped B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cell lines were evaluated for the presence of the(More)
Normal human brain volume is heritable. The genes responsible for variation in brain volume are not known. Microcephalin (MCPH1) and ASPM (abnormal spindle-like microcephaly associated) have been proposed as candidate genes as mutations in both genes are associated with microcephaly, and common variants of each gene are apparently under strong positive(More)
Considerable uncertainty exists about the defining brain changes associated with bipolar disorder (BD). Understanding and quantifying the sources of uncertainty can help generate novel clinical hypotheses about etiology and assist in the development of biomarkers for indexing disease progression and prognosis. Here we were interested in quantifying(More)
IMPORTANCE Genetic factors contribute to risk for bipolar disorder (BP), but its pathogenesis remains poorly understood. A focus on measuring multisystem quantitative traits that may be components of BP psychopathology may enable genetic dissection of this complex disorder, and investigation of extended pedigrees from genetically isolated populations may(More)