Journal article

The impact of HLA-G 3 ' UTR variants and sHLA-G on risk and clinical correlates of schizophrenia

Ashwini Rajasekaran, Venkataram Shivakumar, Sunil V Kalmady, Janardhanan C Narayanaswamy, Manjula Subbana, Deepthi Venugopal, Anekal C Amaresha, Ganesan Venkatasubramanian, Michael Berk, Monojit Debnath

HUMAN IMMUNOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2016

Abstract

The Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC)/Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) is known to influence the pathogenesis of several complex human diseases resulting from gene-environmental interactions. Recently, it has emerged as one of the risk determinants of schizophrenia. The HLA-G protein (a non-classical MHC class I molecule), encoded by the HLA-G gene, is shown to play important role in embryonic development. Importantly, its genetic variations and aberrant expression have been implicated in pregnancy complications like preeclampsia, inflammation, and autoimmunity. Converging evidence implicates these phenomena as risk mechanisms of schizophrenia. However, the functional implications of HLA-G..

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