Zongchang Li

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Telomeres are protective chromosomal structures that play a key role in preserving genomic stability. Epidemiologic studies have shown that the abnormal telomere length in leukocytes is associated with some mental disorders and age-related diseases. However, the association between leukocyte telomere length and autism has not been investigated. Here we(More)
BACKGROUND Major depressive disorder (MDD) is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and has significant genetic predisposition. Mitochondria may have a role in MDD and so mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) has been suggested as a possible biomarker for this disease. We aimed to test whether the mtDNA copy number of peripheral blood leukocytes is related to MDD(More)
BACKGROUND Several lines of evidence indicate mitochondrial impairment in the pathophysiology of autism. As one of the most common biomarkers for mitochondrial dysfunction, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) copy number has also been linked to autism, but the relationship between mtDNA copy number and autism was still obscured. In this study, we performed a(More)
Megakaryoblastic leukemia 1 (MKL1) is highly expressed in the nervous system and plays a potentially principal role in neuronal migration and morphology. A recent study showed that some genetic loci within the MKL1 gene, especially single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs6001946, may increase schizophrenia susceptibility. Here, we sought to determine whether(More)
Although monozygotic (MZ) twins have theoretically identical nuclear DNA sequences, there may be phenotypic differences between them caused by somatic mutations and epigenetic changes affecting each genome. In this study, we collected eight families of MZ twins discordant for schizophrenia with the aim of investigating the potential role of mitochondrial(More)
Human telomeres consist of tandem nucleotide repeats (TTAGGG) and associated proteins, and telomere length (TL) is reduced progressively with cell division over the lifespan. Telomere erosion might be accelerated or prevented to varying degrees when exposure to serious medical illnesses. In previous studies, an association between TL decrease and(More)
Accumulating evidence indicates a putative association of telomere length and mitochondrial function with antipsychotics response in schizophrenia (SCZ). However, pharmacological findings were limited and no previous work has assessed this in a prospective longitudinal study. This study assessed telomere length and mitochondrial DNA copy number in(More)
BACKGROUND Increasing studies have revealed the dopamine transporter (DAT) availability altered in striatum associated with major depression. However, the results remain inconsistent. METHODS To assess the alteration of striatal DAT availability in major depression, we performed a meta-analysis based on 12 case-control molecular imaging studies, including(More)
Numerous magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies have demonstrated that patients with early-onset schizophrenia (EOS) have widespread structural abnormalities in the cortical gray matter [1] , suggesting that neurobiological processes play a central role in the structural abnormalities underlying the pathophysiology of schizophrenia [2]. In addition,(More)
It is unclear whether N-acetylaspartate (NAA) depletions documented in schizophrenia patients might be due to the disease progression or medications. Here we investigated longitudinal NAA changes in drug-naïve first-episode patients (FEP) who are relatively free from chronicity. Forty-two drug-naïve FEP and 38 controls were enrolled in this study to explore(More)
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