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Thursday, December 10, 2009
Social isolation and inflammatory gene expression
My thanks to mindblog reader Ian for pointing out this article demonstrating how social isolation correlates with the expression of a large array of genes that elevate the risk of inflammatory disease. They did a DNA microarray analysis that identified 209 genes that were differentially expressed in circulating leukocytes from 14 high- versus low-lonely individuals, noting impaired transcription of glucocorticoid response genes and increased activity of pro-inflammatory transcription control pathways.
Posted by Deric Bownds at 4:25 AM
Blog Categories: fear/anxiety/stress, social cognition
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