Journal article

Fetal programming of schizophrenia: Select mechanisms

Monojit Debnath, Ganesan Venkatasubramanian, Michael Berk

Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

Mounting evidence indicates that schizophrenia is associated with adverse intrauterine experiences. An adverse or suboptimal fetal environment can cause irreversible changes in brain that can subsequently exert long-lasting effects through resetting a diverse array of biological systems including endocrine, immune and nervous. It is evident from animal and imaging studies that subtle variations in the intrauterine environment can cause recognizable differences in brain structure and cognitive functions in the offspring. A wide variety of environmental factors may play a role in precipitating the emergent developmental dysregulation and the consequent evolution of psychiatric traits in early ..

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