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Miró X, Meier S, Dreisow ML, Frank J, Strohmaier J, Breuer R, Schmäl C, Albayram Ö, Pardo-Olmedilla MT, Mühleisen TW, Degenhardt FA, Mattheisen M, Reinhard I, Bilkei-Gorzo A, Cichon S, Seidenbecher C, Rietschel M, Nöthen MM, Zimmer A. Studies in humans and mice implicate neurocan in the etiology of mania. Am J Psychiatry. 2012 Sep ; 169(9):982-90. Pubmed Abstract

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Comment by:  Melvin G. McInnis
Submitted 2 October 2012
Posted 2 October 2012

This is a very important paper. The identification of an observed and measured aberrant phenotype in an animal model that is rescued by an intervention commonly used in management of mania represents the standard for biological research in psychiatry. This is extraordinary work by a phenomenal team. The challenge is whether the observed phenotype in the mouse is related to bipolar mania in humans or some other neuro-excitable phenotype.

One cannot but think back to the original experiments of John Cade, where the lithium story began, that demonstrated a calming effect in rodents.

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