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J L Roffman, L J Petruzzi, A S Tanner, H E Brown, H Eryilmaz, N F Ho, M Giegold, N J Silverstein, T Bottiglieri, D S Manoach, J W Smoller, D C Henderson, D C Goff
Folic acid supplementation confers modest benefit in schizophrenia, but its effectiveness is influenced by common genetic variants in the folate pathway that hinder conversion to its active form. We examined physiological and clinical effects of l-methylfolate, the fully reduced and bioactive form of folate, in schizophrenia. In this randomized, double-blind trial, outpatients with schizophrenia (n=55) received l-methylfolate 15 mg or placebo for 12 weeks. Patients were maintained on stable doses of antipsychotic medications...
March 14, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
Kim S Siscoe, W David Lohr
Errors in folate metabolism may play a role in the pathology of autism spectrum disorders because of increased vulnerability to oxidative stress. We report a case where L-methylfolate supplementation improved symptoms of aggression and disruptive behavior in a child with autism who tested positive for the C677TT allele of the methyltetrahydrofolate reductase enzyme gene. To our knowledge, this is the first report of L-methylfolate administration in this situation. Further controlled studies of L-methylfolate in this population are warranted...
March 7, 2017: Psychiatric Genetics
Seema Sheladia, Bhavesh Patel
Two new simple and selective assay methods have been presented for the analysis of Escitalopram Oxalate (ESC) and L-Methylfolate (L-MF) in pharmaceutical formulations. The ultraviolet (UV)-Spectrophotometric simultaneous equation method was based on the measurement of absorbance at 238 nm (ʎmax of ESC) and 284 nm (ʎmax of L-MF) in methanol. The assay was linear over the concentration ranges 0.5-12.0 μg/mL for ESC and 0.5-9.0 μg/mL for L-MF. The quantitation limits for ESC and L-MF were found to be 0.912 and 0...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Chromatographic Science
Jerome Sarris
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this paper is to detail a summary of the current evidence in this area, to better inform clinical practice. Our recent systematic reviews and meta-analyses of nutrient pharmacotherapies in the treatment unipolar depression revealed primarily positive results for replicated studies testing S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe), methylfolate, omega-3 (EPA or ethyl-EPA), and Vitamin D; with supportive isolated studies found for creatine and an amino acid combination. Mixed results were found for zinc, folic acid, Vitamin C, and tryptophan; and non-significant study results for inositol...
January 1, 2017: Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Roya S Nazarian, Angela J Lamb
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January 2017: JAAD Case Reports
Andrew A Nierenberg, Rebecca Montana, Gustavo Kinrys, Thilo Deckersbach, Steven Dufour, Ji Hyun Baek
BACKGROUND: L-methylfolate is a compelling candidate to treat bipolar I major depressive episodes. While approved as an adjunct for unipolar major depressive disorder, no studies have been done to assess the tolerability, safety, and efficacy of L-methylfolate for bipolar depression. As a first step, we developed a registry of bipolar patients treated with L-methylfolate to examine tolerability and outcomes. METHODS: Subjects (N=10) received treatment as usual plus daily L-methylfolate 15mg for 6 weeks in this open-label registry...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
Marissa B Guzzo, Hoa T Nguyen, Thanh H Pham, Monika Wyszczelska-Rokiel, Hieronim Jakubowski, Kerstin A Wolff, Sam Ogwang, Joseph L Timpona, Soumya Gogula, Michael R Jacobs, Markus Ruetz, Bernhard Kräutler, Donald W Jacobsen, Guo-Fang Zhang, Liem Nguyen
The methylfolate trap, a metabolic blockage associated with anemia, neural tube defects, Alzheimer's dementia, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer, was discovered in the 1960s, linking the metabolism of folate, vitamin B12, methionine and homocysteine. However, the existence or physiological significance of this phenomenon has been unknown in bacteria, which synthesize folate de novo. Here we identify the methylfolate trap as a novel determinant of the bacterial intrinsic death by sulfonamides, antibiotics that block de novo folate synthesis...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
J Hara, W R Shankle, L W Barrentine, M V Curole
OBJECTIVES: Studies have produced conflicting results assessing hyperhomocysteinemia (HYH) treatment with B vitamins in patients with normal cognition, Alzheimer's disease and related disorders (ADRD). This study examined the effect of HYH management with L-methylfolate (LMF), methylcobalamin (MeCbl; B12), and N-acetyl-cysteine (CFLN: Cerefolin®/Cerefolin-NAC®) on cognitive decline. DESIGN: Prospective, case-control study of subjects followed longitudinally. SETTING: Outpatient clinic for cognitive disorders...
2016: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
William R Shankle, Junko Hara, Lori W Barrentine, Melanie V Curole
We examined whether using a medical food therapy for hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy) in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) or cognitive impairment due to cerebrovascular disease (CVD) with Cerefolin®/CerefolinNAC® (CFLN: L-methylfolate, methylcobalamin, and N-acetyl-cysteine) slowed regional brain atrophy. Thirty HHcy patients with AD and related disorders (ADRD) received CFLN (HHcy+CFLN: duration [μ ±  σ] = 18.6±16.1 months); a sub-sample of this group did not receive CFLN for varying periods of time (HHcy+NoCFLN: duration [μ ±  σ] = 12...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Shailesh Jha, Pankaj Kumar, Rajesh Kumar, Aparna Das
The 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene plays a central role in folate metabolism. Many studies have demonstrated an association between MTHFR C677 T variant with depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder as one of them being comorbid to other. This has justified the use of folate supplement in psychiatric disorders mainly depression but still not in various other comorbid complex psychiatric disorders. Here we have tried to show how the l-methylfolate in conjunction with the conventional psychotropic drugs can be useful in a state of such complex psychiatric phenomenon and comorbid diagnosis with genetic polymorphism of MTHFR C677 T mutation...
August 2016: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
Jerome Sarris, Jenifer Murphy, David Mischoulon, George I Papakostas, Maurizio Fava, Michael Berk, Chee H Ng
OBJECTIVE: There is burgeoning interest in augmentation strategies for improving inadequate response to antidepressants. The adjunctive use of standardized pharmaceutical-grade nutrients, known as nutraceuticals, has the potential to modulate several neurochemical pathways implicated in depression. While many studies have been conducted in this area, to date no specialized systematic review (or meta-analysis) has been conducted. METHOD: A systematic search of PubMed, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, and Web of Science was conducted up to December 2015 for clinical trials using adjunctive nutrients for depression...
June 1, 2016: American Journal of Psychiatry
John M Zajecka, Maurizio Fava, Richard C Shelton, Lori W Barrentine, Page Young, George I Papakostas
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate remission and recovery, safety, and tolerability for up to 12 months of open-label adjunctive L-methylfolate calcium 15 mg. METHOD: Subjects in this analysis were adult outpatients (18-65 years) enrolled from 2 acute, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials comparing adjunctive L-methylfolate and placebo for DSM-IV major depressive disorder (MDD) with an inadequate response to monotherapy selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Subjects who completed the acute trial were offered to enroll in a 12-month, open-label treatment phase with L-methylfolate and continued SSRI treatment, with scheduled visits for efficacy, safety, and tolerability every 12 weeks...
May 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Craig J Brown
Cilioretinal artery occlusion is a cause of sudden, often catastrophic loss of central vision. There are no established effective treatments. Recently, a patient presented 24 hours after a cilioretinal artery occlusion, following a cardiac catheterization prior to which her blood thinners had been discontinued. Lacking an effective way to address the severe retinal ischemic oxidative stress, she was offered, under compassionate use, a multivitamin complex designed to address retinal ischemia and oxidative stress...
2016: International Medical Case Reports Journal
Richard C Shelton, Michael J Pencina, Lori W Barrentine, Juan A Ruiz, Maurizio Fava, John M Zajecka, George I Papakostas
OBJECTIVE: Adjunctive treatment with L-methylfolate calcium significantly improved treatment outcomes in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) and an inadequate response to antidepressants. This post hoc exploratory analysis evaluated baseline concentrations of cytokines (interleukin [IL]-1α, IL-1β, IL-2, IL-4, IL-5, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-12p70, IL-13, and IL-17; tumor necrosis factor α [TNF-α]; and interferon γ [IFN-γ]), high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), insulin, adiponectin and leptin and body mass index (BMI [kg/m2]) on L-methylfolate calcium treatment response...
December 2015: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Yi-Cheng Wang, Ming-Tsung Wu, Yan-Jun Lin, Feng-Yao Tang, Hsin-An Ko, En-Pei Chiang
Folate-mediated one-carbon metabolism is an important therapeutic target of human diseases. We extensively investigated how gene-nutrient interactions may modulate human cancer risk in 2 major folate metabolic genes, MTHFR and GNMT. The biochemical impacts of MTHFR and GNMT on methyl group supply, global DNA methylation, nucleotide biosynthesis, DNA damage, and partitioning of the folate dependent 1-carbon group were carefully studied. The distinct model systems used included: EB virus-transformed lymphoblasts expressing human MTHFR polymorphic genotypes; liver-derived GNMT-null cell-lines with and without GNMT overexpression; and HepG2 cells with stabilized inhibition of MTHFR using shRNA, GNMT wildtype, heterozygotous (GNMT(het)) and knockout (GNMT(nul)) mice...
2015: Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology
Bruce S Trippe, Lori W Barrentine, Melanie V Curole, Eleanor Tipa
OBJECTIVE: Current therapies for diabetic peripheral neuropathy with pain mask the painful symptoms while the underlying pathology continues to progress. This study assessed changes in symptoms and quality of life in patients taking a novel prescription medical food, L-methylfolate-methylcobalamin-pyridoxal-5-phosphate (LMF-MC-PP, Metanx ), intended to address the underlying metabolic needs of patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Between November 2010 and April 2012, patients rated their experiences before and after using LMF-MC-PP through an automated telephone system that included symptomatic items from the Neuropathy Total Symptom Score-6 (NTSS-6) questionnaire and questions related to quality of life and medication satisfaction...
2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Hua Jiang, K Joseph Hurt, Kelsey Breen, Sally P Stabler, Robert H Allen, David J Orlicky, Kenneth N Maclean
In addition to its role in the endogenous synthesis of cysteine, cystathionine gamma-lyase (CGL) is a major physiological source of the vasorelaxant hydrogen sulfide. Cgl null mice are potentially useful for studying the influence of this compound upon vascular tone and endothelial function. Here, we confirm a previous report that female Cgl null mice exhibit an approximate 45-fold increase in plasma total homocysteine compared to wild type controls. This level of homocysteine is approximately 3.5-fold higher than that observed in male Cgl null mice and is essentially equivalent to that observed in mouse models of cystathionine beta synthase deficient homocystinuria...
August 14, 2015: Biology Open
Jeong-Hwa Choi, Zoe Yates, Charlotte Martin, Lyndell Boyd, Xiaowei Ng, Virginia Skinner, Ron Wai, Jeongseon Kim, Hae Dong Woo, Martin Veysey, Mark Lucock
BACKGROUND: The C1561T variant of the glutamate carboxypeptidase II (GCPII) gene is critical for natural methylfolylpolyglutamte (methylfolate) absorption, and has been associated with perturbations in folate metabolism and disease susceptibility. However, little is known on C1561T-GCPII as a risk factor for colorectal cancer. Therefore, this study examined whether C1561T-GCPII influences folate metabolism and adenomatous polyp occurrence. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 164 controls and 38 adenomatous polyp cases were analysed to determine blood folate and plasma homocysteine (Hcy) level, dietary intake of natural methylfolate, synthetic pteroylglutamic acid (PteGlu), vitamin C and C1561T-GCPII genotype...
2015: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
Joseph N Trachtman, Vincent Pagano
We describe a patient who developed symptoms of headache, fatigue, and dizziness after administration of terbinafine (Lamisil). Laboratory tests revealed that he is heterozygous for the C677T variation of the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase genetic mutation. The prescription of Deplin (L-methylfolate) greatly reduced the symptoms. It was later noted that Lamisil's mechanism of action interferes with cells' methylation cycle, which we suspect compromises cellular function in people with the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase genetic mutation...
December 2015: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
Haitao Liu, Jie Tang, Chieh Allen Lee, Timothy S Kern
PURPOSE: l-Methylfolate, pyridoxal 5'-phosphate, and methylcobalamin, individually have been reported to have beneficial effects on diabetes-induced defects. The possibility that combining these therapeutic approaches might have additional benefit led us to investigate the effect of Metanx against development of early stages of diabetic retinopathy in a mouse model. METHODS: C57BL/6J mice were made diabetic with streptozotocin, and some were given Metanx (a combination food product) mixed in the food at a dose of 5 mg/kg of body weight...
January 2015: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
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