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Nikolaos Venizelos

Title: Professor Emeritus School/office: School of Medical Sciences

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Phone: +46 19 301028, +46 704 942186

Room: C1211

Nikolaos Venizelos

About Nikolaos Venizelos

Background

Nikolaos Venizelos is a professor emeritus and docent in biomedicine with a focus in clinical chemistry at the School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University. He has a Medicine Doctor's degree (PhD-in medicine) at the Karolinska Institute, where he worked until 2001.

Prof. Venizelos has established the Neuropsychiatric Research Laboratory at the Dept. of Clinical medicine. His research work is focused on the membrane transport of the amino acids tyrosine and tryptophan in schizophrenia and related disorders such as bipolar, autism and ADHD. Tyrosine and tryptophan are the building stones (so-called precursors) for dopamine and serotonin, the brain's most important neurotransmitters, necessary for central nervous system. The research conducted in Neuropsychiatric Research Laboratory is leading both nationally and internationally.

Prof. Nikolaos Venizelos and his research group has in a number of studies (see publications), demonstrated that membrane transport of tyrosine and tryptophan is strongly involved in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia, bipolar and autism disorders. Recent studies shows that even ADHD, probably, have an influence on the regulation of dopamine and serotonin turnover in the brain. The research group has also developed and demonstrated that the so-called fibroblast model, a human cellular in vitro technic, among other, excludes the external influences of medications and other environmental factors that make it suitable for studying amino acid transport in neuropsychiatric disorders.

Furthermore, the research lab disposes a unique biobank, with primary fibroblast lines from patients with different neuropsychiatric diseases, osteoporosis and matched controls, which are used as model systems for studying, among other things, the transport mechanism of tyrosine and tryptophan in neuropsychiatric disorders.

Research focus, interaction

Prof. Venizelos ' current research focuses on identifying the pro-inflammatory cytokines and environmental toxins (harmful industrial chemicals) role on the membrane transport of tyrosine and tryptophan in neuropsychiatric disorders, and In co-operation with NGBI-Research Centre, to identified the influence of probiotics and short-chain fatty acids like butyrate, on the functionality of tryptophan transport, which is a precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin.

External main collaborations

Nationally, Venizelos group is collaborating with the Dept. of Endocrinology, Karolinska University Hospital, where the tryptophan transporters role in men with Idiopathic Osteoporosis is examined.

Internationally he conducts research in collaboration with a research team in New York (United States), for reprogramming of fibroblasts from autism, to so-called Pluripotent Stem Cells, and on to nerve cells. Collaborative research is carried out even with a research group at the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens, in order to identify possible common (+/-) regulatory genes involved in amino acid transport at the neuropsychiatric disorders, through systems biology.

The main goal of the research is to identify pathophysiological and genetic abnormalities at cellular level that can be linked to the behavioural patterns of patients. In the longer term, this could open opportunities for better understanding and more customized treatment of schizophrenia and related neuropsychiatric disorders.

Currently, and on behalf, Prof. Venizelos coordinating a graduate course of Multidisciplinary Seminars 2.5 credits, supervised PBL-groups of medical students in the 1st year of medical programme, have selected lectures in the Master's Programme and in Medical Toxicology.

Methods employed

  • Cell culture and Biobank facilities of primary fibroblast cultures from human skin biopsies.
  • Amino acid transport in adherent fibroblast cells using the "cluster-tray" technique.

Biobank facilities

Tissue: Primary fibroblast lines from patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, ADHD and Idiopathic Osteoporosis and matched controls

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Research Projects

Research Teams

Publications

Publications

Articles in journals |  Articles, reviews/surveys |  Chapters in books |  Conference papers |  Manuscripts | 

Articles in journals

Pernow, Y. , Shahror, R. , Acharya, S. , Jahnson, L. , Vumma, R. & Venizelos, N. (2018). Aberrant tryptophan transport in cultured fibroblast from patients with Male Idiopathic Osteoporosis: An in vitro study. Bone Reports, 8, 25-28.
Comasco, E. , Vumma, R. , Toffoletto, R. , Johansson, J. , Flyckt, L. , Lewander, T. , Oreland, L. , Bjerkenstedt, L. & et al. (2017). Genetic and Functional Study of L-Type Amino Acid Transporter 1 in Schizophrenia. Neuropsychobiology, 74 (2), 96-103.
Tobe, B. T. D. , Venizelos, N. & Snyder, E. Y. (2017). Probing the lithium-response pathway in hiPSCs implicates the phosphoregulatory set-point for a cytoskeletal modulator in bipolar pathogenesis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114 (22), E4462-E4471.
Logotheti, M. , Pilalis, E. , Venizelos, N. , Kolisis, F. & Chatziioannou, A. (2016). Development and validation of a skin fibroblast biomarker profile for schizophrenic patients. AIMS Bioengineering, 3 (4), 552-565.
Logotheti, M. , Pilalis, E. , Venizelos, N. , Kolisis, F. & Chatziioannou, A. (2016). Studying Microarray Gene Expression Data of Schizophrenic Patients for Derivation of a Diagnostic Signature through the Aid of Machine Learning. Biometrics & Biostatistics International Journal, 4 (5).
Logotheti, M. , Papadodima, O. , Chatziioannou, A. , Venizelos, N. & Kolisis, F. (2015). Gene Expression Analysis of Fibroblasts from Patients with Bipolar Disorder. Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology & Mental Health, 1 (1), 1-9.
Westman, O. , Larsson, M. , Venizelos, N. , Hollert, H. & Engwall, M. (2014). An oxygenated metabolite of benzo[a]pyrene increases hepatic beta-oxidation of fatty acids in chick embryos. Environmental science and pollution research international, 21 (9), 6243-6251.
Logotheti, M. , Papadodima, O. , Venizelos, N. , Chatziioannou, A. & Kolisis, F. (2013). A Comparative Genomic Study in Schizophrenic and in Bipolar Disorder Patients, Based on Microarray Expression Profiling Meta-Analysis. Scientific World Journal, 2013 (685917), 1-14.
Johansson, J. , Landgren, M. , Fernell, E. , Lewander, T. & Venizelos, N. (2013). Decreased binding capacity (Bmax) of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors in fibroblasts from boys with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders, 5 (3), 267-271.
Engwall, M. , Venizelos, N. , Westman, O. , Larsson, M. , Nordén, M. , Hollert, H. & Johansson, J. (2013). Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) reduce hepatic beta-oxidation of fatty acids in chick embryos. Environmental science and pollution research international, 20 (3), 1881-1888.
Venizelos, N. , Johansson, J. , Landgren, M. , Fernell, E. & Vumma, R. (2012). Altered tryptophan and alanine transport in cultured fibroblast from boys with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 15 (s1), 224-224.
Venizelos, N. , Johansson, J. , Landgren, M. , Fernell, E. & Lewander, T. (2012). Decreased density of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors in fibroblast from boys with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): An in vitro study. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 15 (s1), 224-224.
Nordén, M. , Westman, O. , Venizelos, N. & Engwall, M. (2012). Perfluorooctane sulfonate increases β-oxidation of palmitic acid in chicken liver. Environmental science and pollution research international, 19 (5), 1859-1863.
Westman, O. , Nordén, M. , Larsson, M. , Venizelos, N. , Hollert, H. & Engwall, M. (2012). Reduced beta-oxidation in avian following exposure of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Toxicology Letters, 211 (Supplement), s86-s87.
Flyckt, L. , Edman, G. , Venizelos, N. & Borg, K. (2011). Aberrant tyrosine transport across the fibroblast membrane in patients with schizophrenia: indications of maternal inheritance. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 45 (4), 519-525.
Johansson, J. , Landgren, M. , Fernell, E. , Vumma, R. , Ahlin, A. , Bjerkenstedt, L. & Venizelos, N. (2011). Altered tryptophan and alanine transport in fibroblasts from boys with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): an in vitro study. Behavioral and Brain Functions, 7, 40.
Vumma, R. , Johansson, J. , Lewander, T. & Venizelos, N. (2011). Tryptophan transport in human fibroblast cells: a functional characterization. International Journal of Tryptophan Research (4), 19-27.
Johansson, J. , Vumma, R. , Persson, M. & Venizelos, N. (2010). Aberrant tyrosine transport in fibroblasts from patients with bipolar type-1 disorder. In Vivo, 24 (3), 364-365.
Westman, O. , Nordén, M. , Venizelos, N. & Engwall, M. (2010). Effects of perfluorinated compounds on hepatic fatty acid oxidation in avian embryos using a tritium release assay. In Vivo, 24 (3), 363-364.
Persson, M. , Johansson, J. , Vumma, R. , Raita, J. , Bjerkenstedt, L. , Wiesel, F. & Venizelos, N. (2009). Aberrant amino acid transport in fibroblasts from patients with bipolar disorder. Neuroscience Letters, 457 (1), 49-52.
Vumma, R. , Wiesel, F. , Flyckt, L. , Bjerkenstedt, L. & Venizelos, N. (2008). Functional characterization of tyrosine transport in fibroblast cells from healthy controls. Neuroscience Letters, 434 (1), 56-60.
Fernell, E. , Karagiannakis, A. , Edman, G. , Bjerkenstedt, L. , Wiesel, F. & Venizelos, N. (2007). Aberrant amino acid transport in fibroblasts from children with autism. Neuroscience Letters, 418 (1), 82-86.
Olsson, E. , Friberg, Ö. , Venizelos, N. , Koskela, A. , Källman, J. & Söderquist, B. (2007). Coagulase-negative staphylococci isolated from sternal wound infections after cardiac surgery: attachment to and accumulation on sternal fixation stainless steel wires. Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica et Immunologica Scandinavica (APMIS), 115 (2), 142-151.
Wiesel, F. , Bjerkenstedt, L. , Edman, G. , Flyckt, L. & Venizelos, N. (2007). The complexity of using D2-dopamine antagonists in the treatment of patients with schizophrenia. European psychiatry, 22, S5-S6.
Bjerkenstedt, L. , Farde, L. , Terenius, L. , Edman, G. , Venizelos, N. & Wiesel, F. (2006). Support for limited brain availability of tyrosine in patients with schizophrenia. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 9 (2), 247-255.

Articles, reviews/surveys

Logotheti, M. , Chatziioannou, A. , Venizelos, N. & Kolisis, F. (2019). Recent Advancements in Bipolar Disorder studies through Genomic, Epigenomic and Metagenomic Approaches. Journal of Psychiatry and Psychology Research, 2 (1), 56-66.

Chapters in books

Venizelos, N. & Venizelos, F. (2015). Availability Of Tyrosine And Tryptophan, Precursors Of Dopamine And Serotonin And Neuropsychiatric Disorders: A Review. In: Constantin Soldatos, Dimitris Dikeos, Pedro Ruiz, Dinesh Bhugna, Michelle Riba, Pluralism in psychiatry: II. Multidimensional conciderations (pp. 49-54). Bologna, Italy: Medimond.
Venizelos, N. & Bjerkenstedt, L. (2011). Amino acids and psychiatric disorders: a historical background. In: C.R. Soldatos & D.G. Dikeos, Psychiatry and the Neurosciences: International Perspectives (pp. 23-30). Bologna, Italy: Medimond.

Conference papers

Venizelos, N. (2011). Aberrant Amino Acid Transport in Patients with Schizophrenia, Bipolar-I Disorders and Autism. In: C.R. Soldatos & D.G. Dikeos, Psychiatry and the neurosciences international perspectives. Paper presented at the 4th International Congress on Psychiatry and the Neurosciences (pp. 155-161). Bologna, Italy: Medimond.
Johansson, J. , Vumma, R. , Sirsjö, A. & Venizelos, N. (2010). Interleukin-1beta inhibits tyrosine transport in fibroblasts from patients with schizophrenia and healthy controls. In: Abstracts of. Paper presented at The 3rd Swedish-Hellenic Life Sciences Research Conference, Athens, March 25-27, 2010 (pp. 365-367). International Institute of Anticancer Research.
Venizelos, N. (2008). Amino acids and cognition in schizophrenia and bipolar-I disorders. In: Book of Abstracs, 3rd dual INA-WFSBPcongress on “Psychiatry and the Neurosciences” Athens, Greece. Paper presented at 3rd dual INA-WFSBP congress on “Psychiatry and the Neurosciences”, 16-19 October 2008, Athens, Greece (pp. 25-26).

Manuscripts

Johansson, J. , Landgren, M. , Fernell, E. , Vumma, R. , Åhlin, A. , Bjerkenstedt, L. & Venizelos, N. Altered tryptophan and alanine transport in fibroblasts from boys with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) : an in vitro study.
Westman, O. , Larsson, M. , Venizelos, N. , Hollert, H. & Engwall, M. An oxygenated metabolite of benzo[a]pyrene increases hepatic β-oxidation of fatty acids in chick embryos.
Logotheti, M. , Pilalis, E. , Venizelos, N. , Kolisis, F. & Chatziioannou, A. Development and validation of a skin fibroblast biomarker profile for schizophrenic patients.