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Title: False data, positive results in neurobiology: moving beyond the epigenetics of blood and saliva samples in mental disorders.
Authors: Cariaga-Martinez, A
Alelú-Paz, R
Issue Date: 12-Dec-2016
Citation: J Negat Results Biomed.2016 Dec;(15)1:21
Abstract: Many psychiatric diseases are influenced by a set of several genetic and environmental factors that genetics alone cannot explain. Specifically, in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder the absence of consistently replicated genetic effects together with evidence for lasting changes in gene expression after environmental exposures suggest a role of epigenetic mechanisms in its pathophysiological mechanisms. In this field, the presence of positive results could potentially uncover molecular mechanisms of deregulated gene expression in these complex disorders. In this commentary we have reviewed the positive data obtained over the last 5 years from the scientific literature published in PubMed and we have shown that these results are based on peripheral samples (blood, saliva and other fluids) that do not allow us to obtain reliable and/or valid results, under any circumstances. Finally, we highlight the need to employ human brain samples in the epigenetic study of mental disorders.
PMID: 27938391
Rights: openAccess
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