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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153599/lps-induced-cortical-kynurenic-acid-and-neurogranin-nfat-signaling-is-associated-with-deficits-in-stimulus-processing-during-pavlovian-conditioning
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A Oliveros, K Wininger, J Sens, M K Larsson, X C Liu, S Choi, A Faka, L Schwieler, G Engberg, S Erhardt, D S Choi
The N-Methyl-d-Aspartate receptor (NMDAR) antagonist kynurenic acid (KYNA) and the post-synaptic calmodulin binding protein neurogranin (Nrgn) have been implicated in neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions including Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia. This study indicates that systemic dual-lipopolysaccharide (LPS) injections increases KYNA in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), which is accompanied with increased phosphorylation of nuclear factor kappa chain of activated B cells (NFκB) and activation of the nuclear factor of activated T- cells (NFAT)...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140501/understanding-the-association-between-negative-symptoms-and-performance-on-effort-based-decision-making-tasks-the-importance-of-defeatist-performance-beliefs
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L Felice Reddy, William P Horan, Deanna M Barch, Robert W Buchanan, James M Gold, Stephen R Marder, Jonathan K Wynn, Jared Young, Michael F Green
Effort-based decision-making paradigms are increasingly utilized to gain insight into the nature of motivation deficits. Research has shown associations between effort-based decision making and experiential negative symptoms; however, the associations are not consistent. The current study had two primary goals. First, we aimed to replicate previous findings of a deficit in effort-based decision making among individuals with schizophrenia on a test of cognitive effort. Second, in a large sample combined from the current and a previous study, we sought to examine the association between negative symptoms and effort by including the related construct of defeatist beliefs...
November 13, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136236/basic-neuroscience-illuminates-causal-relationship-between-sleep-and-memory-translating-to-schizophrenia
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Ana Pocivavsek, Laura M Rowland
Patients with schizophrenia are often plagued by sleep disturbances that can exacerbate the illness, including potentiating psychosis and cognitive impairments. Cognitive dysfunction is a core feature of schizophrenia with learning and memory being particularly impaired. Sleep disruptions often accompanying the illness and may be key mechanism that contribute to these core dysfunctions. In this special translational neuroscience feature, we highlight the role of sleep in mediating cognitive function, with a special focus on learning and memory...
November 9, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127503/relationships-between-low-grade-peripheral-inflammation-and-psychotropic-drugs-in-schizophrenia-results-from-the-national-face-sz-cohort
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G Fond, N Resseguier, F Schürhoff, O Godin, M Andrianarisoa, L Brunel, E Bulzacka, B Aouizerate, F Berna, D Capdevielle, I Chereau, T D'Amato, C Dubertret, J Dubreucq, C Faget, F Gabayet, C Lançon, P M Llorca, J Mallet, D Misdrahi, C Passerieux, R Rey, A Schandrin, M Urbach, P Vidailhet, L Boyer, M Leboyer
Low-grade inflammation has repeatedly been associated with schizophrenia (SZ) and in particular with cognitive impairment. Female gender, overweight and tobacco smoking have been suggested as risk factors to increase inflammation while preclinical inconsistent findings have been found regarding the association with psychotropic drugs. The aim of this study was to explore if psychotropic drugs were associated with inflammation in SZ and to determine which psychotropic drug was associated with inflammation in stable SZ subjects while considering clinical confounding factors...
November 10, 2017: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122692/blockade-of-platelet-activating-factor-receptor-attenuates-abnormal-behaviors-induced-by-phencyclidine-in-mice-through-down-regulation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb
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The-Vinh Tran, Se Jin Park, Eun-Joo Shin, Hai-Quyen Tran, Ji Hoon Jeong, Choon-Gon Jang, Yu Jeung Lee, Seung-Yeol Nah, Toshitaka Nabeshima, Hyoung-Chun Kim
Accumulating evidence suggests that neuroinflammation is one of the important etiologic factors of abusive and neuropsychiatric disorders. Platelet-activating factor (PAF) is potent proinflammatory lipid mediat1or and plays a pivotal role in neuroinflammatory disorders through the specific PAF receptor (PAF-R). Phencyclidine (PCP) induces a psychotomimetic state that closely resembles schizophrenia. Here, we investigated the role of PAF-R in the abnormal behaviors induced by PCP in mice. Repeated treatment with PCP resulted in a significant increase in PAF-R gene expression in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and in the hippocampus...
November 7, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122405/theory-of-mind-impairment-and-its-clinical-correlates-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-major-depressive-disorder-and-bipolar-disorder
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Yan-Yu Wang, Yi Wang, Ying-Min Zou, Ke Ni, Xue Tian, Hong-Wei Sun, Simon S Y Lui, Eric F C Cheung, John Suckling, Raymond C K Chan
BACKGROUND: Although Theory of Mind (ToM) impairment has been observed in patients with a wide range of mental disorders, the similarity and uniqueness of these deficits across diagnostic groups has not been thoroughly investigated. METHODS: We recruited 35 participants with schizophrenia (SCZ), 35 with bipolar disorder (BD), 35 with major depressive disorder (MDD), and 35 healthy controls in this study. All participants were matched in age, gender proportion and IQ estimates...
November 6, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122402/altered-corticostriatal-pathway-in-first-episode-paranoid-schizophrenia-resting-state-functional-and-causal-connectivity-analyses
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Huan Huang, Chang Shu, Jun Chen, Jilin Zou, Cheng Chen, Shihao Wu, Ling Xiao, Zhongchun Liu, Huiling Wang, Yuan Zhou, Gaohua Wang, Tianzi Jiang
Neuroimaging studies suggest the abnormal structure and function of basal ganglion may contribute to the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. However, little is investigated about the both aberrant functional and causal connectivity of striatum in first-episode paranoid schizophrenia (FEPS). Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging was used to characterize the functional connectivity (FC) and casual connectivity within the corticostriatal circuit in 31 patients with FEPS and 33 healthy controls. Degree centrality (DC) was used to explore the regions influenced in schizophrenia at the whole-brain level...
August 15, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120842/do-cognitive-deficits-predict-negative-emotionality-and-aggression-in-schizophrenia
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Anthony O Ahmed, Jenae Richardson, Alex Buckner, Sabrina Romanoff, Michelle Feder, Njideka Oragunye, Andriana Ilnicki, Ishrat Bhat, Matthew J Hoptman, Jean-Pierre Lindenmayer
Schizophrenia is associated with an elevated risk of aggression. Cognitive deficits have been associated with inpatient aggression and future violence. The relationship between cognitive deficits and violent behavior has however been inconsistent across studies. In addition, studies have failed to inform how cognitive deficits may contribute to aggression in schizophrenia. The current study examined the association of cognitive deficits with schizophrenia-related aggression and violent offending. It also explored the putative mediating role of negative emotionality on the impact of cognitive deficits on aggression...
November 7, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114452/using-virtual-reality-to-assess-theory-of-mind-subprocesses-and-error-types-in-early-and-chronic-schizophrenia
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Allana L Canty, David L Neumann, David H K Shum
Individuals with schizophrenia often demonstrate theory of mind (ToM) impairment relative to healthy adults. However, the exact nature of this impairment (first- vs. second-order ToM and cognitive vs. affective ToM) and the extent to which ToM abilities deteriorate with illness chronicity is unclear. Furthermore, little is known about the relationships between clinical symptoms and ToM error types (overmentalising, reduced mentalising and no ToM) in early and chronic schizophrenia. This study examined the nature and types of ToM impairment in individuals with early (n = 26) and chronic schizophrenia (n = 32) using a novel virtual reality task...
December 2017: Schizophrenia Research. Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113642/prefrontal-thalamic-anatomical-connectivity-and-executive-cognitive-function-in-schizophrenia
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Monica Giraldo-Chica, Baxter P Rogers, Stephen M Damon, Bennett A Landman, Neil D Woodward
BACKGROUND: Executive cognitive functions, including working memory, cognitive flexibility, and inhibition, are impaired in schizophrenia. Executive functions rely on coordinated information processing between the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and thalamus, particularly the mediodorsal nucleus. This raises the possibility that anatomical connectivity between the PFC and mediodorsal thalamus may be 1) reduced in schizophrenia and 2) related to deficits in executive function. The current investigation tested these hypotheses...
September 28, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111383/disturbed-glutathione-antioxidative-defense-is-associated-with-structural-brain-changes-in-neuroleptic-na%C3%A3-ve-first-episode-psychosis-patients
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K Langbein, J Hesse, A Gussew, B Milleit, S Lavoie, G P Amminger, C Gaser, G Wagner, J R Reichenbach, U-C Hipler, D Winter, S Smesny
BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress and impaired antioxidant defense are reported in schizophrenia and are thought to be associated with disturbed neurodevelopment, brain structural alterations, glutamatergic imbalance, negative symptomatology, and cognitive impairment. To test some of these assumptions we investigated the glutathione (GSH) antioxidant defense system (AODS) and brain structural abnormalities in drug-naïve individuals with first acute episode of psychosis (FEP). METHOD: The study involved 27 drug-naïve FEP patients and 31 healthy controls (HC)...
October 18, 2017: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108272/up-regulated-expression-of-oxytocin-mrna-in-peripheral-blood-lymphocytes-from-first-episode-schizophrenia-patients
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Xiudeng Yang, Yamei Tang, Qinling Wei, Bing Lang, Huai Tao, Xianghui Zhang, Yong Liu, Aiguo Tang
Schizophrenia (SZ) is a severe neuropsychiatric disorder with significant social cognition impairment. Increasing evidence has suggested that neuropeptides oxytocin (OXT) and arginine vasopressin (AVP) are important mediators of complex social cognition and behavior associates with SZ. In the present study, forty-three first-episode schizophrenia (FES) patients and forty-seven healthy controls (HC) were included. The peripheral mRNA expression of OXT, OXT receptor (OXTR), AVP, AVP 1a receptor (AVPR1a) and CD38 was determined by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR)...
October 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107702/intra-nasal-dopamine-alleviates-cognitive-deficits-in-tgdisc1-rats-which-overexpress-the-human-disc1-gene
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An-Li Wang, Benedetta Fazari, Owen Y Chao, Susanne Nikolaus, Svenja V Trossbach, Carsten Korth, Fernando J Sialana, Gert Lubec, Joseph P Huston, Claudia Mattern, Maria Angelica de Souza Silva
The Disrupted-in-Schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) gene has been associated with mental illnesses such as major depression and schizophrenia. The transgenic DISC1 (tgDISC1) rat, which overexpresses the human DISC1 gene, is known to exhibit deficient dopamine (DA) homeostasis. To ascertain whether the DISC1 gene also impacts cognitive functions, 14-15 months old male tgDISC1 rats and wild-type controls were subjected to the novel object preference (NOP) test and the object-based attention test (OBAT) in order to assess short-term memory (1 h), long-term memory (24 h), and attention...
October 28, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106694/episodic-memory-for-dynamic-social-interaction-across-phase-of-illness-in-schizophrenia
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Junghee Lee, Keith H Nuechterlein, Barbara J Knowlton, Carrie E Bearden, Tyrone D Cannon, Alan P Fiske, Livon Ghermezi, Jacqueline N Hayata, Gerhard S Hellemann, William P Horan, Kimmy Kee, Robert S Kern, Kenneth L Subotnik, Catherine A Sugar, Joseph Ventura, Cindy M Yee, Michael F Green
Although a number of studies examined recollection and familiarity memory in schizophrenia, most of studies have focused on nonsocial episodic memory. Little is known about how schizophrenia patients remember social information in everyday life and whether social episodic memory changes over the course of illness. This study aims to examine episodic memory for dynamic social interaction with multimodal social stimuli in schizophrenia across phase of illness. Within each phase of illness, probands and demographically matched controls participated: 51 probands at clinical high risk (CHR) for psychosis and 36 controls, 80 first-episode schizophrenia patients and 49 controls, and 50 chronic schizophrenia patients and 39 controls...
July 6, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105523/association-of-transcription-factor-4-tcf4-gene-mrna-level-with-schizophrenia-its-psychopathology-intelligence-and-cognitive-impairments
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Fatemeh Alizadeh, Javad Tavakkoly-Bazzaz, Ali Bozorgmehr, Asa'ad Azarnezhad, Mina Tabrizi, Esmaeil Shahsavand Ananloo
Schizophrenia (SCZ), is considered as one of the most debilitating mental disorders around the world. Symptom-based clinical interview and numerous tests have been used to evaluate the diagnosis and also cognitive disturbances in patients with SCZ. All these tests measure phenotype-based functions. Thus, it seems accurate diagnosis of such complex disorders must rely on more valid and reliable factors. In this study, we evaluated the association of transcription factor 4 (TCF4) gene mRNA level in peripheral blood with SCZ, and also its psychopathology, cognitive and intellectual impairments...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Neurogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102504/strategy-for-semantic-association-memory-sesame-training-effects-on-brain-functioning-in-schizophrenia
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Synthia Guimond, Sophie Béland, Martin Lepage
Self-initiation of semantic encoding strategies is impoverished in schizophrenia and contributes to memory impairments. Recently, we observed that following a brief training, schizophrenia patients had the potential to increase the self-initiation of these strategies. In this study, we investigated the neural correlates underlying such memory improvements. Fifteen schizophrenia patients with deficits in self-initiation of semantic encoding strategies were enrolled in a Strategy for Semantic Association Memory (SESAME) training...
October 25, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101377/a-high-throughput-model-for-investigating-neuronal-function-and-synaptic-transmission-in-cultured-neuronal-networks
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Jasmeet K Virdee, Gabriella Saro, Antoine Fouillet, Jeremy Findlay, Filipa Ferreira, Sarah Eversden, Michael J O'Neill, Joanna Wolak, Daniel Ursu
Loss of synapses or alteration of synaptic activity is associated with cognitive impairment observed in a number of psychiatric and neurological disorders, such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease. Therefore successful development of in vitro methods that can investigate synaptic function in a high-throughput format could be highly impactful for neuroscience drug discovery. We present here the development, characterisation and validation of a novel high-throughput in vitro model for assessing neuronal function and synaptic transmission in primary rodent neurons...
November 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098186/chronic-adolescent-%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-treatment-of-male-mice-leads-to-long-term-cognitive-and-behavioral-dysfunction-which-are-prevented-by-concurrent-cannabidiol-treatment
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Michelle Murphy, Sierra Mills, Joanna Winstone, Emma Leishman, Jim Wager-Miller, Heather Bradshaw, Ken Mackie
Introduction: The high prevalence of adolescent cannabis use, the association between this use and later psychiatric disease, and increased access to high-potency cannabis highlight the need for a better understanding of the long-term effects of adolescent cannabis use on cognitive and behavioral outcomes. Furthermore, increasing Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in high-potency cannabis is accompanied by a decrease in cannabidiol (CBD), thus an understanding of the interactions between CBD and THC in the neurodevelopmental effects of THC is also important...
2017: Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094060/representation-mediated-aversion-as-a-model-to-study-psychotic-like-states-in-mice
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Arnau Busquets-Garcia, Edgar Soria-Gómez, Guillaume Ferreira, Giovanni Marsicano
Several paradigms for rodent models of the cognitive and negative endophenotypes found in schizophrenic patients have been proposed. However, significant efforts are needed in order to study the pathophysiology of schizophrenia-related positive symptoms. Recently, it has been shown that these positive symptoms can be studied in rats by using representation-mediated learning. This learning measure the accuracy of mental representations of reality, also called 'reality testing'. Alterations in 'reality testing' performance can be an indication of an impairment in perception which is a clear hallmark of positive psychotic-like states...
June 20, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29083297/in-male-rats-the-ability-of-central-insulin-to-suppress-glucose-production-is-impaired-by-olanzapine-whereas-glucose-uptake-is-left-intact
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Chantel Kowalchuk, Celine Teo, Virginia Wilson, Araba Chintoh, Loretta Lam, Sri Mahavir Agarwal, Adria Giacca, Gary J Remington, Margaret K Hahn
BACKGROUND: Insulin receptors are widely expressed in the brain and may represent a crossroad between metabolic and cognitive disorders. Although antipsychotics, such as olanzapine, are the cornerstone treatment for schizophrenia, they are associated with high rates of type 2 diabetes and lack efficacy for illness-related cognitive deficits. Historically, this risk of diabetes was attributed to the weight gain propensity of antipsychotics, but recent work suggests antipsychotics can have weight-independent diabetogenic effects involving unknown brain-mediated mechanisms...
November 2017: Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience: JPN
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