German researchers have identified the gene that is responsible for the onset of manic symptoms in patients suffering from bipolar disorder.
The joint study was conducted by researchers from University of Bonn and Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim who analyzed the genetic data and symptoms of more than 1,200 patients suffering from maniac or depressive components of bipolar disorder.
The researchers identified the gene NCAN to be the reason behind the development of maniac symptoms in the patients. "It has been known that the NCAN gene plays an essential part in bipolar disorder. But until now, the functional connection has not been clear", University of Bonn's Professor Markus M Nothen said.
The study has been published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.