Electrophysiological measures from human iPSC-derived neurons are associated with schizophrenia clinical status and predict individual cognitive performance

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2022 Jan 18;119(3):e2109395119. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2109395119.


Neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) have been used to model basic cellular aspects of neuropsychiatric disorders, but the relationship between the emergent phenotypes and the clinical characteristics of donor individuals has been unclear. We analyzed RNA expression and indices of cellular function in hiPSC-derived neural progenitors and cortical neurons generated from 13 individuals with high polygenic risk scores (PRSs) for schizophrenia (SCZ) and a clinical diagnosis of SCZ, along with 15 neurotypical individuals with low PRS. We identified electrophysiological measures in the patient-derived neurons that implicated altered Na+ channel function, action potential interspike interval, and gamma-aminobutyric acid-ergic neurotransmission. Importantly, electrophysiological measures predicted cardinal clinical and cognitive features found in these SCZ patients. The identification of basic neuronal physiological properties related to core clinical characteristics of illness is a potentially critical step in generating leads for novel therapeutics.

Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00001486.

Keywords: electrophysiology; schizophrenia; sodium channel; stem cell.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Cellular Reprogramming
  • Cerebral Cortex / pathology
  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Electrophysiological Phenomena*
  • Humans
  • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells / physiology*
  • Ion Channel Gating
  • Kinetics
  • Male
  • Neurons / physiology*
  • Phenotype
  • Rats
  • Schizophrenia / diagnosis
  • Schizophrenia / physiopathology*
  • Sodium Channels / metabolism


  • Sodium Channels

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT00001486