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ISSN print: 0393 – 0564
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BC: Articoli scritti da S. Giardina

Suicidio tra umanesimo e scienza
Suicide between humanism and science
<p>Suicide is among the first 10 causes of death in industrialized countries,&nbsp;even if its incidence is declining. Familiarity frequently occurs in suicide and a myriad of polymorphisms in candidate&nbsp;genes has been studied as risk factors. Among these, genes encoding enzymes, transporters or receptors of the&nbsp;serotoninergic and dopaminergic systems have been widely studied with conflicting results. Also the metabolism of&nbsp;cholesterol (and serum cholesterol concentrations) seems to have a role in the pathogenesis of suicide. In the last&nbsp;years, our group contributed to study brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and its TrkB receptor genes in the&nbsp;DNA from Wernicke area from a large cohort of suicide subjects and controls. In particular, we excluded that the<br />expression of BDNF and its receptor may be modulated by gene mutations. However, the levels of BDNF gene<br />expression were significantly lower in the brain tissue from suicide subjects. We demonstrated that the altered BDNF&nbsp;expression was due to the enhanced methylation of BDNF promoter. These studies first revealed the association&nbsp;between epigenetics and suicide suggesting a novel model of interaction between environment and genes in the&nbsp;pathogenesis of suicide.</p>
Biochimica Clinica ; 38(2) 121-128
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