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Patterns of gene expression in the frontal cortex discriminate alcoholic from nonalcoholic individuals.

Authors:Liu J, Lewohl JM, Harris RA, Iyer VR, Dodd PR, Randall PK, Mayfield RD
Title:Patterns of gene expression in the frontal cortex discriminate alcoholic from nonalcoholic individuals.
Journal:Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Jul 2006 , Vol 31 , pp. 1574-82
Abstract:Alcohol dependence is characterized by tolerance, physical dependence, and craving. The neuroadaptations underlying these effects of chronic alcohol abuse are likely due to altered gene expression. Previous gene expression studies using human post-mortem brain demonstrated that several gene families were altered by alcohol abuse. However, most of these changes in gene expression were small. It is not clear if gene expression profiles have sufficient power to discriminate control from alcoholic individuals and how consistent gene expression changes are when a relatively large sample size is examined. In the present study, microarray analysis (approximately 47,000 elements) was performed on the superior frontal cortex of 27 individual human cases (14 well characterized alcoholics and 13 matched controls). A partial least squares statistical procedure was applied to identify genes with altered expression levels in alcoholics. We found that genes involved in myelination, ubiquitination, apoptosis, cell adhesion, neurogenesis, and neural disease showed altered expression levels. Importantly, genes involved in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease were significantly altered suggesting a link between alcoholism and other neurodegenerative conditions. A total of 27 genes identified in this study were previously shown to be changed by alcohol abuse in previous studies of human post-mortem brain. These results revealed a consistent re-programming of gene expression in alcohol abusers that reliably discriminates alcoholic from non-alcoholic individuals.   PUBMED: 16292326
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Expand Tier III Human 408 Genes GS37108: Mayfield Human Alcoholism
Expand Tier I Human DRG 2 Genes provisional GS86817: Table S6: Full list of identified genes (531 genes). Green indicates down-regulation and red for up-regulation in alcoholic group. [DRG]
Expand Tier I Human DRG 1 Genes provisional GS86868: Table S6: Full list of identified genes (531 genes). Green indicates down-regulation and red for up-regulation in alcoholic group. [DRG]
Expand Tier I Human DRG 145 Genes provisional GS87330: Table S7: List of genes in each functional group. (Whole Table) [DRG]