A recent University of Michigan study which isolated this cellular behavior was published online March 25 in the journal Translational Psychiatry.
- How often they express certain genes
- How they differentiate into neurons
- How they communicate
- How they respond to lithium
Dr. Melvin McInnis, a professor of bipolar disorder and depression at the University of Michigan Medical School was study co-leader.
Sue O'Shea, a professor in the department of cell and developmental biology and director of the University of Michigan Pluripotent Stem Cell Research Lab was also study co-leader.
The investigators said their research might one day lead to a better understanding of bipolar disorder and new treatments for the disease, which causes extreme emotional highs and lows. About 200 million people worldwide have bipolar disorder.
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