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Sci Rep. 2013 Dec 18;3:3539. doi: 10.1038/srep03539.

Dysregulation of glucocorticoid receptor co-factors FKBP5, BAG1 and PTGES3 in prefrontal cortex in psychotic illness.

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  • 11] Schizophrenia Research Institute, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia [2] Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia [3] School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia [4] Neuropsychiatric Signaling Program, Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania.
  • 21] Schizophrenia Research Institute, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia [2] Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia [3] School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
  • 3Stanley Medical Research Institute, Laboratory of Brain Research, 9800 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20850.

Abstract

Molecular abnormalities within the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) stress signaling pathway may confer, or reflect, susceptibility to stress in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but the extent of such abnormalities in the brain is not known. Using RNA-Seq and qPCR in two postmortem cohorts totaling 55 schizophrenia, 34 bipolar disorder and 55 control individuals, we identified increased FKBP5 and PTGES3 mRNA expression, and decreased BAG1 mRNA expression, in the prefrontal cortex in schizophrenia cases relative to controls (68.0% [p < 0.001], 26.0% [p < 0.01] and 12.1% [p < 0.05] respectively). We also observed increased FKBP5 and decreased BAG1 mRNA expression in bipolar disorder (47.5% [p < 0.05] and 14.9% [p < 0.005]). There were no diagnostic differences in steady-state FKBP51 protein levels, nor in HSPA1A, HSP90AA1, DNAJB1 or HSPB1 mRNA levels. GR, co-factor and chaperone mRNA levels were strongly correlated. These results reveal coordinated cortical dysregulation of FKBP5, PTGES3, BAG1 and GR genes within the glucocorticoid signaling pathway in psychotic illness.

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