Yolanda de Diego

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BACKGROUND Polymorphic variations in the serotonin transporter gene (5-HTT) moderate the depressogenic effects of tryptophan depletion. After childbirth there is a sharp reduction in brain tryptophan availability, thus polymorphic variations in 5-HTT may play a similar role in the post-partum period. AIMS To study the role of 5-HTT polymorphic variations(More)
The post-partum period is a time of extreme vulnerability for a whole spectrum of psychiatric disorders. Delivery may be considered an important risk factor in genetically susceptible women. Five hundred and eight SNPs in 44 genes at candidate pathways putatively related to mood changes after delivery were genotyped in a multicenter cohort of 1804 women(More)
The endogenous cannabinoid system works as a feedback signal controlling dopamine-induced facilitation of motor behaviors. The present study explored whether a single acute stimulation of CB1 cannabinoid receptors with (-)-Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, 5 mg kg(-1) i.p.) results in modifications in the sensitivity to the acute behavioral effects of the(More)
The contribution of the endocannabinoid system to dopamine-mediated disorganized behavior in schizophrenia is discussed. We used a model of concurrent stimulation of dopamine D1 and D2 receptors to evaluate the role of this system in dopamine-mediated stereotypies measured in a hole-board test. Pretreatment with the cannabinoid CB1 receptor antagonist(More)
The fragile X syndrome is the most frequent form of inherited mental retardation. This is caused by the transcriptional inactivation of the FMR1 gene. The KH domain is an evolutionarily conserved sequence motif present in many RNA-binding proteins including the fragile X mental retardation gene product. We have studied the expression of the gene in fresh(More)
Recent reports indicate that DAO, DAOA, DTNBP1, NRG1 and RGS4 are some of the most-replicated genes implicated in susceptibility to schizophrenia. Also, the functions of these genes could converge in a common pathway of glutamate metabolism. The aim of this study was to evaluate if each of these genes, or their interaction, was associated with(More)
Fragile X syndrome is the major cause of inherited mental retardation. The molecular basis for the expression of the fragile X phenotype is the expansion of an unstable CGG repeat element which inhibits transcription of the FMR1 gene. The fragile X syndrome shows great diversity in its phenotype as well as in its cytogenetic and molecular status. We have(More)
A fundamental difficulty in human genetics research is the identification of the spectrum of genetic variants that contribute to the susceptibility to common/complex disorders. We tested here the hypothesis that functional genetic variants may confer susceptibility to several related common disorders. We analyzed five main psychiatric diagnostic categories(More)
Fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most prevalent form of inherited mental retardation, is caused by the lack of FMRP (fragile mental retardation protein) as a result of the transcriptional silencing of the FMR1 gene. Here we analyze the immunohistochemical expression of the calbindin D28K protein in the hippocampus of Fmr1 knockout (KO) mice and compare it with(More)
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