Journal article

Stress-sensitive neurosignalling in depression: an integrated network biology approach to candidate gene selection for genetic association analysis

J Anke M van Eekelen, Justine A Ellis, Craig E Pennell, Richard Saffery, Eugen Mattes, Jeff Craig, Craig A Olsson

Mental Illness | Emerald | Published : 2012


Genetic risk for depressive disorders is poorly understood despite consistent suggestions of a high heritable component. Most genetic studies have focused on risk associated with single variants, a strategy which has so far only yielded small (often non-replicable) risks for depressive disorders. In this paper we argue that more substantial risks are likely to emerge from genetic variants acting in synergy within and across larger neurobiological systems (polygenic risk factors). We show how knowledge of major integrated neurobiological systems provides a robust basis for defining and testing theoretically defensible polygenic risk factors. We do this by describing the architecture of the ov..

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