Schizophrenia as Segmental Progeria

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Abstract

Schizophrenia is associated with a variety of physical manifestations (i.e. metabolic, neurological) and despite psychotropic medication being blamed for some of these (in particular obesity and diabetes), there is evidence that schizophrenia itself confers an increased risk of physical disease and early death. The observation that schizophrenia and progeroid syndromes share common clinical features and molecular profiles gives rise to the hypothesis that schizophrenia could be conceptualized as a whole body disorder, namely a segmental progeria. Mammalian cells employ the mechanisms of cellular senescence and apoptosis (programmed cell death) as a means to control inevitable DNA damage and cancer. Exacerbation of those processes is associated with accelerated ageing and schizophrenia and this warrants further investigation into possible underlying biological mechanisms, such as epigenetic control of the genome.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-484
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Royal Society of Medicine
Volume104
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011

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