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biomarker & depression

Murray Esler
The London physician and neuroanatomist Thomas Willis in the 17th century correctly attributed the source of emotions to the brain, not the heart as believed in antiquity. Contemporary research documents the phenomenon of "triggered" heart disease, when the autonomic nervous system control of the heart by the brain goes awry, producing heart disease of sudden onset, precipitated by acute emotional upheaval. This can take the form of, variously, cardiac arrhythmias, myocardial infarction, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy and sudden death...
October 14, 2016: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Christopher M Celano, Eleanor E Beale, Scott R Beach, Arianna M Belcher, Laura Suarez, Shweta R Motiwala, Parul U Gandhi, Hanna Gaggin, James L Januzzi, Brian C Healy, Jeff C Huffman
OBJECTIVE: Psychological constructs are associated with cardiovascular health, but the biological mechanisms mediating these relationships are unknown. We examined relationships between psychological constructs and markers of inflammation, endothelial function, and myocardial strain in a cohort of post-acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients. METHODS: Participants (N = 164) attended study visits 2 weeks and 6 months after ACS. During these visits, they completed self-report measures of depressive symptoms, anxiety, optimism, and gratitude; and blood samples were collected for measurement of biomarkers reflecting inflammation, endothelial function, and myocardial strain...
September 30, 2016: Psychosomatic Medicine
E Rizos, N Siafakas, E Skourti, C Papageorgiou, J Tsoporis, T H Parker, D I Christodoulou, D A Spandidos, E Katsantoni, V Zoumpourlis
Schizophrenia (SZ) and cancer (Ca) have a broad spectrum of clinical phenotypes and a complex biological background, implicating a large number of genetic and epigenetic factors. SZ is a chronic neurodevelopmental disorder signified by an increase in the expression of apoptotic molecular signals, whereas Ca is conversely characterized by an increase in appropriate molecular signaling that stimulates uncontrolled cell proliferation. The rather low risk of developing Ca in patients suffering from SZ is a hypothesis that is still under debate...
October 14, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Stefania Prendes-Alvarez, Charles B Nemeroff
Personalized or precision medicine is a medical discipline that proposes tailoring health care to each individual by integrating data from their genetic makeup, epigenetic modifications, other biomarkers, clinical symptoms and environmental exposures. Currently, patients typically present for treatment of mood disorders relatively late in the disease course and this is of great concern both because delay in attaining remission reduces the success of subsequent treatment and depressive episodes have negative cumulative effects on the brain and body...
October 13, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Changwoo Han, Youn-Hee Lim, Yun-Chul Hong
OBJECTIVES: Previous epidemiological studies about oxidative stress and depression are limited by hospital-based case-control design, single-time measurements of oxidative stress biomarkers, and the small number of study participants. Therefore, in this study, we analyzed the association between biomarker of oxidative stress and depressive symptom scores using repeatedly measured panel data from a community-dwelling elderly population. METHODS: From 2008 to 2010, a total of 478 elderly participants residing in Seoul, Korea, were evaluated three times...
September 2016: Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Yebang Ŭihakhoe Chi
Sophie E Holmes, Irina Esterlis, Carolyn M Mazure, Yen Ying Lim, David Ames, Stephanie Rainey-Smith, Ralph N Martins, Olivier Salvado, Vincent Dore, Victor L Villemagne, Christopher C Rowe, Simon M Laws, Colin L Masters, Paul Maruff, Robert H Pietrzak
OBJECTIVE: To examine how β-amyloid (Aβ), APOE and BDNF genotypes, and cortisol relate to depressive and anxiety symptoms in cognitively normal older women and men. METHODS: Cross-sectional data were analyzed from 423 older adults from the Australian Imaging Biomarkers and Lifestyle study. Analyses of covariance evaluated associations between Aβ, APOE and BDNF genotype, and cortisol in relation to severity of depressive and anxiety symptoms. RESULTS: Among Aβ+ older adults, APOE ε4 carriage was associated with greater severity of anxiety symptoms (d = 0...
August 17, 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Neil McNaughton, Philip J Corr
We discuss comorbidity, continuity, and discontinuity of anxiety-related disorders from the perspective of a two-dimensional neuropsychology of fear (threat avoidance) and anxiety (threat approach). Pharmacological dissection of the "neurotic" disorders justifies both a categorical division between fear and anxiety and a subdivision of each mapped to a hierarchy of neural modules that process different immediacies of threat. It is critical that each module can generate normal responses, symptoms of another syndrome, or syndromal responses...
November 2016: Development and Psychopathology
Christina Devoto, Lindsay Arcurio, Joseph Fetta, Mary Ley, Tamar Rodney, Rebekah Kanefsy, Jessica Gill
Studies have shown that the presence of acute inflammation during recovery is indicative of poor outcomes after a traumatic brain injury (TBI); however, the role of chronic inflammation in predicting post-TBI related symptoms remains poorly understood. The purpose of this study was to compare inflammatory biomarkers (TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-10) in active duty personnel who either sustained or did not sustain a TBI. Service members were also assessed for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and quality-of-life (QOL) through self-reported measures...
October 12, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Longjiang Ding, Minggang Zhao, Sisi Fan, Hui Li, Ye Ma, Jingjing Liang, Shougang Chen
3D NiO/Co3O4 p-p junction foam was fabricated and applied for electrochemical detection of biomarkers. The theoretical model of employing the interfacial potential barrier as an electrochemical tuning factor was explored in depth. The signals of different targets with similar redox properties could be controllably distinguished by depressing or strengthening the potential barrier. The absorbed positively charged molecules would induce negative charges, inciting a decrease of the potential barrier height Φ and resistance, which is an enhanced tuning factor of the electrochemical signal...
October 13, 2016: Analyst
Marta K Zamroziewicz, Chris E Zwilling, Aron K Barbey
Objectives: This study examines the neural mechanisms that mediate the relationship between phosphatidylcholine and executive functions in cognitively intact older adults. We hypothesized that higher plasma levels of phosphatidylcholine are associated with better performance on a particular component of the executive functions, namely cognitive flexibility, and that this relationship is mediated by gray matter structure of regions within the prefrontal cortex (PFC) that have been implicated in cognitive flexibility...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
R Jeanne Ruiz, Jerome Trzeciakowski, Tiffany Moore, Kimberly S Ayers, Rita H Pickler
Chronic stress may accelerate cellular aging. Telomeres, protective "caps" at the end of chromosomes, modulate cellular aging and may be good biomarkers for the effects of chronic stress, including that associated with acculturation. The purpose of this analysis was to examine telomere length (TL) in acculturating Hispanic Mexican American women and to determine the associations among TL, acculturation, and psychological factors. As part of a larger cross-sectional study of 516 pregnant Hispanic Mexican American women, we analyzed DNA in blood samples (N = 56) collected at 22-24 weeks gestation for TL as an exploratory measure using monochrome multiplex quantitative telomere polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
October 12, 2016: Biological Research for Nursing
Jason C Lee, Lei Philip Wang, Joe Z Tsien
It is not uncommon for humans or animals to experience traumatic events in their lifetimes. However, the majority of individuals are resilient to long-term detrimental changes turning into anxiety and depression, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). What underlying neural mechanism accounts for individual variability in stress resilience? Hyperactivity in fear circuits, such as the amygdalar system, is well-known to be the major pathophysiological basis for PTSD, much like a "stuck accelerator." Interestingly, increasing evidence demonstrates that dopamine (DA) - traditionally known for its role in motivation, reward prediction, and addiction - is also crucial in regulating fear learning and anxiety...
2016: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Lei Cao, Jiandong Wang, Prof Qiugen Wang
Osteosarcoma is a malignant bone tumor in which the survival rate is still low. MicroRNA-326 (miR-326) has been proved a potential diagnostic and prognostic marker for several tumors. However, the clinical value of miR-326 is still unknown. In the present study, we detected the expression of miR-326 in the serum of osteosarcoma patients and in osteosarcoma tissues using qRT-PCR. We compared the serum expression of miR-326 with the clinicopathological characteristics and survival of osteosarcoma patients. Finally, we explored the role of miR-326 of the invasion of osteosarcoma tumor cells using cell migration and invasion assays...
October 7, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Colm G Connolly, Tiffany C Ho, Eva Henje Blom, Kaja Z LeWinn, Matthew D Sacchet, Olga Tymofiyeva, Alan N Simmons, Tony T Yang
BACKGROUND: The incidence of major depressive disorder (MDD) rises during adolescence, yet the neural mechanisms of MDD during this key developmental period are unclear. Altered amygdala resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) has been associated with both adolescent and adult MDD, as well as symptom improvement in response to treatment in adults. However, no study to date has examined whether amygdala RSFC is associated with changes in depressive symptom severity in adolescents...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
Chong Ren, Colman McGrath, Yanqi Yang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence of self-reported edentulism and its associated risk factors among community-dwelling adults aged 45 years and older in China. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data from the national baseline survey (2011-2012) of the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) were used for this study (N = 17 167). Bivariate and multivariate logistic regressions were conducted to assess the predictors of edentulism. Models 1 and 2 were based on the whole sample...
October 6, 2016: Gerodontology
Jose M Remes-Troche
Chest pain that is not explained by reflux disease or cardiac, musculoskeletal, mucosal, or motor esophageal abnormalities is classified as functional chest pain (FCP). Although several mechanisms are involved, esophageal hypersensitivity plays a major role and it could be considered a biomarker for FCP. Psychologic comorbidity such as anxiety, neuroticism, depression, and somatization is common. When the diagnosis of FCP is suspected, patients should undergo evaluation with esophageal motility testing, endoscopy, 24-h esophageal pH monitoring, and in some cases, sensory tests...
October 5, 2016: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
R Ramachandran Pillai, Leena Sharon, Nancy R Premkumar, Shivanand Kattimani, Haritha Sagili, Soundravally Rajendiran
BACKGROUND: Post-partum depression (PPD) is the common adverse outcome of child bearing which affects the wellbeing of both mother and newborn and has long-term effects. Hence, reliable potential biological tests for early detection of PPD are essential. Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) were associated with depressive disorders and the present study estimated the levels of serum FSH, LH in postpartum depression and explored them as predictive biomarkers in the development of PPD...
September 5, 2016: Comprehensive Psychiatry
Anjali Sankar, Tianhao Zhang, Bilwaj Gaonkar, Jimit Doshi, Guray Erus, Sergi G Costafreda, Lauren Marangell, Christos Davatzikos, Cynthia H Y Fu
BACKGROUND: At present, we do not have any biological tests which can contribute towards a diagnosis of depression. Neuroimaging measures have shown some potential as biomarkers for diagnosis. However, participants have generally been from the same ethnic background while the applicability of a biomarker would require replication in individuals of diverse ethnicities. AIMS: We sought to examine the diagnostic potential of the structural neuroanatomy of depression in a sample of a wide ethnic diversity...
July 2016: BJPsych Open
M Bot, C M Middeldorp, E J C de Geus, H M Lau, M Sinke, B van Nieuwenhuizen, J H Smit, D I Boomsma, B W J H Penninx
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of valid, brief instruments for the assessment of lifetime major depressive disorder (MDD) that can be used in, for example, large-scale genomics, imaging or biomarker studies on depression. We developed the LIfetime Depression Assessment Self-report (LIDAS), which assesses lifetime MDD diagnosis according to DSM criteria, and is largely based on the widely used Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI). Here, we tested the feasibility and determined the sensitivity and specificity for measuring lifetime MDD with this new questionnaire, with a regular CIDI as reference...
October 5, 2016: Psychological Medicine
E S Gouvea, V K Ota, C Noto, M L Santoro, L M Spindola, P N Moretti, C M Carvalho, G Xavier, A C Rios, J R Sato, M A F Hayashi, E Brietzke, A Gadelha, R A Bressan, Q Cordeiro, S I Belangero
Psychotic disorders affect ~3% of the general population and are among the most severe forms of mental diseases. In early stages of psychosis, clinical aspects may be difficult to distinguish from one another. Undifferentiated psychopathology at the first-episode of psychosis (FEP) highlights the need for biomarkers that can improve and refine differential diagnosis. We investigated gene expression differences between patients with FEP-schizophrenia spectrum (SCZ; N=53) or FEP-Mania (BD; N=16) and healthy controls (N=73)...
October 4, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
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