Genetic animal models of schizophrenia related with the hypothesis of abnormal neurodevelopment

Lingling Lu, Takayoshi Mamiya, Takenao Koseki, Akihiro Mouri, Toshitaka Nabeshima

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Accumulating evidence supports the existence of an overlap in genetic susceptibility with schizophrenia. Translation of human genetic mutations into animals is one of the most important strategies to study the pathogenesis of schizophrenia, identify potential drug targets, and test new medicines for antipsychotic treatment. Recent discoveries of susceptibility genes for schizophrenia make the possibility to develop newer genetic mouse models based on the neurodevelopmental hypotheses of schizophrenia. Although it is not possible to mimic all schizophrenic symptoms by these animal models, the genetic mouse models based on the neurodevelopmental hypothesis are widely developed to reproduce several schizophrenia-like behavioral and biochemical changes in humans. In this mini review, we will discuss the neuropathological and behavioral manifestations of representative genetic mouse models for schizophrenia, associated with the hypothesis of abnormal neurodevelopment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1358-1363
Number of pages6
JournalBiological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 01-09-2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science

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