Link shown between inflammation in maternal blood, schizophrenia in offspring

8 julio 2014

Maternal inflammation as indicated by the presence in maternal blood of early gestational C-reactive protein — an established inflammatory biomarker — appears to be associated with greater risk for schizophrenia in offspring. «Inflammation has been shown to alter brain development in previous studies, and schizophrenia is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Thus, this study provides an important link between inflammation and schizophrenia and may help us to better understand the biological mechanisms that lead to this disorder,» one author explained.