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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Altered TRPC7 gene expression in bipolar-I disorder.

BACKGROUND: As altered storage-operated calcium (Ca(2+)) entry (SOCE) may affect Ca(2+) homeostasis in bipolar disorder (BD), we determined whether changes occur in the expression of TRPC7 and SERCA2s, proteins implicated or known to be involved in SOCE, in B lymphoblast cell lines (BLCLs) from BD-I patients and comparison subjects. METHODS: mRNA levels were determined in BLCL lysates from BD-I, BD-II, and major depressive disorder patients, and healthy subjects by comparative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, and BLCL basal intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]B) was determined by ratiometric spectrophotometry using Fura-2, in aliquots of the same cell lines, at 13-16 passages in culture. RESULTS: TRPC7 mRNA levels were significantly lower in BLCLs from BD-I patients with high BLCL [Ca(2+)]B compared with those showing normal [Ca(2+)]B (-33%, p =.017) and with BD-II patients (-48%, p =.003), major depressive disorder patients (-47%, p =.049) and healthy subjects (-33%, p =.038). [Ca(2+)]B also correlated inversely with TRPC7 mRNA levels in BLCLs from the BD-I group as a whole (r = -.35, p =.027). CONCLUSIONS: Reduced TRPC7 gene expression may be a trait associated with pathophysiological disturbances of Ca(2+) homeostasis in a subgroup of BD-I patients.[1]


  1. Altered TRPC7 gene expression in bipolar-I disorder. Yoon, I.S., Li, P.P., Siu, K.P., Kennedy, J.L., Macciardi, F., Cooke, R.G., Parikh, S.V., Warsh, J.J. Biol. Psychiatry (2001) [Pubmed]
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