Fibroblast growth factors in schizophrenia

Afke F.Terwisscha Van Scheltinga, Steven C. Bakker, René S. Kahn

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A large association study by O'Donovan et al recently suggested that genetic variation in fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) 2 increases the risk for developing schizophrenia. Fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) are part of the family of glial growth factors; they control the growth and patterning of specific brain structures and regulate the maintenance and repair of neuronal tissues. In addition, a direct interaction was recently found between FGFRs and adenosineA2A receptors, leading to corticostriatal plasticity and antagonizing the signaling pathway of dopamine D2 receptors. These findings make FGFs plausible candidate genes for schizophrenia. Here, we review the role of FGFs in schizophrenia and combine evidence from studies on variations in FGF genes,RNAexpression, protein levels, andFGF administration, as well as the effects of medication and environmental risk factors for schizophrenia. These data suggest that changes in the FGF system contribute to schizophrenia and possibly to a wider range of psychiatric disorders. The role of FGFs in schizophrenia and related disorders needs to be studied in more detail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1157-1166
Number of pages10
JournalSchizophrenia Bulletin
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Dopamine
  • Genetics
  • Glia
  • Neurodevelopment
  • Neurotrophic
  • Psychosis


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