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Transposable Elements

  • G. GuffantiEmail author
  • A. Bartlett
  • P. DeCrescenzo
  • F. Macciardi
  • R. Hunter
Part of the Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences book series


Transposable elements (TEs) are low-complexity elements (e.g., LINEs, SINEs, SVAs, and HERVs) that make up to two-thirds of the human genome. There is mounting evidence that TEs play an essential role in molecular functions that influence genomic plasticity and gene expression regulation. With the advent of next-generation sequencing approaches, our understanding of the relationship between TEs and psychiatric disorders will greatly improve. In this chapter, the Authors comprehensively summarize the state-of the-art of TE research in animal models and humans supporting a framework in which TEs play a functional role in mechanisms affecting a variety of behaviors, including neurodevelopmental, neuropsychiatric, and neurodegenerative disorders. Finally, the Authors discuss recent therapeutic applications raised from the increasing experimental evidence on TE functional mechanisms.


Epigenomic regulation Exapation Neuropsychiatric disorders Therapeutic targeting Transposable elements 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Guffanti
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Bartlett
    • 2
  • P. DeCrescenzo
    • 1
  • F. Macciardi
    • 3
  • R. Hunter
    • 2
  1. 1.McLean Hospital - Harvard Medical SchoolBelmontUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Massachusetts, BostonBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry and Human BehaviorUniversity of California, IrvineIrvineUSA

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