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Biomarkers psychiatric disorders

Nuria García Marchena, Pedro Araos, Francisco Javier Pavón, Guillermo Ponce, María Pedraz, Antonia Serrano, Francisco Arias, Pablo Romero-Sanchiz, Juan Suárez, Antoni Pastor, Rafael De la Torre, Marta Torrens, Gabriel Rubio, Fernando Rodríguez de Fonseca
Alcohol addiction is associated with high psychiatric comorbidity. Objective stratification of patients is necessary to optimize care and improve prognosis. The present study is designed to gain insights into this challenge by addressing the following objectives: a) to estimate the prevalence of psychiatric comorbidities in a sample of outpatients seeking treatment for alcohol use disorder, b) to describe the existence of gender differences and c) to validate 2-acyl-glycerols as biomarkers of alcohol use disorder and/or psychiatric comorbidity...
September 29, 2016: Adicciones
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
Nicholas J Bradshaw, Mirian A F Hayashi
NDE1 (Nuclear Distribution Element 1, also known as NudE) and NDEL1 (NDE-Like 1, also known as NudEL) are the mammalian homologues of the fungus nudE gene, with important and at least partially overlapping roles for brain development. While a large number of studies describe the various properties and functions of these proteins, many do not directly compare the similarities and differences between NDE1 and NDEL1. Although sharing a high degree structural similarity and multiple common cellular roles, each protein presents several distinct features that justify their parallel but also unique functions...
October 14, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
Primavera A Spagnolo, Vijay A Ramchandani, Melanie L Schwandt, Laura E Kwako, David T George, Leah M Mayo, Cecilia J Hillard, Markus Heilig
BACKGROUND: A common single nucleotide polymorphism (C385A) in the human fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) gene has been associated with decreased distress responses in healthy volunteers, but its role in psychiatric disorders remains unknown. Here, we obtained genotypes and carried out a secondary analysis of subjects from a trial of comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol dependence (AD). We evaluated the effects of C385A variation on behavioral and biochemical biomarkers of distress responses...
September 26, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
A L Breeden, G J Siegle, M E Norr, E M Gordon, C J Vaidya
Autonomic activity in neurological and psychiatric disorders is often dysregulated, particularly in the context of attentional behaviors. This suggests that interplay between the autonomic nervous system and aspects of the central nervous system subserving attention may be disrupted in these conditions. Better understanding these interactions and their relationship to individual variation in attentional behaviors could facilitate development of mechanistic biomarkers. We identified brain regions defined by trait-sensitive central-autonomic coupling as a first step in this process...
October 6, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
Young-A Lee, Valentine Pollet, Akemi Kato, Yukiori Goto
In biomedical research of brain dysfunction in psychiatric disorders, utilization of animal models is essential. However, translation of findings in animal models into the realm of human clinical conditions requires reliable biomarkers that are assessed with the methods mutually employed in animal models and human patients. Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is a functional neuroimaging technique that has now been widely utilized in human basic and clinical research. However, its application to animal models has been barely conducted...
October 1, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
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
Maj Vinberg
This study investigated a high-risk sample in order to elucidate risk factors for affective disorder. Healthy monozygotic (MZ) and dizygotic (DZ) twins with and without a co-twin with a history of affective disorder were identified through nationwide registers. Two risk groups were identified: the high-risk group comprised twins at risk of developing affective disorder (DZ or MZ twin; index co-twin affected); the low risk group (control group) comprised twins at low risk of developing affective disorder (DZ or MZ twin; index co-twin not affected)...
October 2016: Danish Medical Journal
Maja Ivković, Maja Pantović-Stefanović, Nataša Petronijević, Bojana Dunjić-Kostić, Milica Velimirović, Tatjana Nikolić, Vladimir Jurišić, Maja Lačković, Sanja Totić-Poznanović, Aleksandar A Jovanović, Aleksandar Damjanović
BACKGROUND: Affective temperaments are intermediate phenotypes for major affective disorders and are reported to have a neuroimmune etiopathogenesis. Here we investigated the role of soluble intercellular cell adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1) and soluble vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (sVCAM-1) in affective temperaments and mood symptoms in healthy adults. METHODS: Healthy adults (n=94) were screened for psychiatric disorders using the nonpatient version of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV-I and II...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
Marcin Siwek, Magdalena Sowa-Kućma, Krzysztof Styczeń, Paulina Misztak, Rafał J Nowak, Bernadeta Szewczyk, Dominika Dudek, Janusz K Rybakowski, Gabriel Nowak, Michael Maes
To examine cytokine receptor biomarkers in bipolar disorder (BD), we recruited 133 well-phenotyped BD patients and 50 normal controls and measured serum levels of soluble interleukin 1 receptor antagonist (sIL-1RA), soluble interleukin-2 receptor (sIL-2R), sIL-6R, and tumor necrosis factor receptor 60 and 80 kDa (sTNFR60/80). sIL-1RA and sTNFR80 are significantly higher in BD than in controls and sTNFR80 and higher in melancholic than in non-melancholic patients and controls. Kapczinski's stages 3 + 4 are characterized by lowered sIL-2R and increased sTNFR80 levels...
September 23, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Charlotte A M Cecil, Rebecca G Smith, Esther Walton, Jonathan Mill, Eamon J McCrory, Essi Viding
Childhood maltreatment is a key risk factor for poor mental and physical health. Recently, variation in epigenetic processes, such as DNA methylation, has emerged as a potential pathway mediating this association; yet, the extent to which different forms of maltreatment may be characterized by unique vs shared epigenetic signatures is currently unknown. In this study, we quantified DNA methylation across the genome in buccal epithelial cell samples from a high-risk sample of inner-city youth (n = 124; age = 16-24; 53% female), 68% of whom reported experiencing at least one form of maltreatment while growing up...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Psychiatric Research
Yong-Xia Huo, Liang Huang, Deng-Feng Zhang, Yong-Gang Yao, Yi-Ru Fang, Chen Zhang, Xiong-Jian Luo
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is one of the most prevalent and disabling mental disorders, but the genetic etiology remains largely unknown. We performed a meta-analysis (14,543 MDD cases and 14,856 controls) through combining the GWAS data from the Major Depressive Disorder Working Group of the Psychiatric GWAS Consortium and the CONVERGE consortium and identified seven SNPs (four of them located in the downstream of SCL25A37) that showed suggestive associations (P < 5.0 × 10(-7)) with MDD. Systematic integration (Sherlock integrative analysis) of brain eQTL and GWAS meta-analysis identified SCL25A37 as a novel MDD risk gene (P = 2...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Psychiatric Research
Géraldine Liot, Julien Valette, Jérémy Pépin, Julien Flament, Emmanuel Brouillet
Huntington's disease (HD) is an inherited progressive neurodegenerative disorder associated with involuntary abnormal movements (chorea), cognitive deficits and psychiatric disturbances. The most striking neuropathological change in HD is the early atrophy of the striatum. While the disease progresses, other brain structures also degenerate, including the cerebral cortex. Changes are also seen outside the brain, in particular weight loss/cachexia despite high dietary intake. The disease is caused by an abnormal expansion of a CAG repeat in the gene encoding the huntingtin protein (Htt)...
September 14, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Claudia Pisanu, Carla Melis, Alessio Squassina
Preclinical Research Bipolar disorder (BPD) is a chronic and disabling psychiatric disorder with a prevalence of 0.8-1.2% in the general population. Although lithium is considered the first-line treatment, a large percentage of patients do not respond sufficiently. Moreover, lithium can induce severe side effects and has poor tolerance and a narrow therapeutic index. The genetics of lithium response has been largely investigated, but findings have so far failed to identify reliable biomarkers to predict clinical response...
September 16, 2016: Drug Development Research
Alma Y Galvez-Contreras, Tania Campos-Ordonez, Veronica Lopez-Virgen, Jesus Gomez-Plascencia, Rodrigo Ramos-Zuniga, Oscar Gonzalez-Perez
The psychiatric disorders are one of the most disabling illnesses in the world and represent a major problem for public health. These disorders are characterized by neuroanatomical or biochemical changes and it has been suggested that such changes may be due to inadequate neurodevelopment. Diverse alterations in the gene expression and/or serum level of specific growth factors have been implicated in the etiology, symptoms and progression of some psychiatric disorders. Herein, we summarize the latest information regarding the role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), epidermal growth factor (EGF), fibroblast growth factor (FGF), Insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), neuroregulin-1 (NGR-1), erythropoietin (EPO), vascular growth factor (VEGF), transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β), nerve growth factor (NGF) and others cytokines in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia, depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders...
September 8, 2016: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
Christi A Patten, Carrie A Bronars, Kristin S Vickers Douglas, Michael H Ussher, James A Levine, Susannah J Tye, Christine A Hughes, Tabetha A Brockman, Paul A Decker, Ramona S DeJesus, Mark D Williams, Thomas P Olson, Matthew M Clark, Angela M Dieterich
INTRODUCTION: Few studies have evaluated exercise interventions for smokers with depression or other psychiatric comorbidities. This pilot study evaluated the potential role of supervised vigorous exercise as a smoking cessation intervention for depressed females. METHODS: Thirty adult women with moderate-severe depressive symptoms were enrolled and randomly assigned to 12 weeks of thrice weekly, in person sessions of vigorous intensity supervised exercise at a YMCA setting (EX; n = 15) or health education (HE; n = 15)...
September 9, 2016: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
Peter M Thompson, Dianne A Cruz, Elizabeth A Fucich, Dianna Y Olukotun, Masami Takahashi, Makoto Itakura
SNAP-25 is a neurotransmitter vesicular docking protein which has been associated with brain disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. In this project, we were interested if clinical factors are associated with differential SNAP-25 expression. We examined the SNAP-25 isoform mRNA and protein levels in postmortem cortex Brodmann's area 9 (BA9) and BA24 (n = 29). Subjects were divided by psychiatric diagnosis, clinical variables including mood state in the last week of life and lifetime impulsiveness...
December 2015: Molecular Neuropsychiatry
Javier R Caso, Vicent Balanzá-Martínez, Tomás Palomo, Borja García-Bueno
BACKGROUND: The underlying pathophysiology of schizophrenia still remains elusive. Thus, there is a pressing need to identify novel targets for the development of new interventions and elucidate related biomarkers for the identification and monitoring of potentially responsive patients. In this sense, several hypotheses involving immune/inflammatory changes and the consequent oxidative/nitrosative stress, as well as a dysregulation in the immuno-inflammatory response have come into sight...
September 6, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Ling Z Morgan, Brandi Rollins, Adolfo Sequeira, William Byerley, Lynn E DeLisi, Alan F Schatzberg, Jack D Barchas, Richard M Myers, Stanley J Watson, Huda Akil, William E Bunney, Marquis P Vawter
Genome-wide association studies of schizophrenia encompassing the major histocompatibility locus (MHC) were highly significant following genome-wide correction. This broad region implicates many genes including the MHC complex class II. Within this interval we examined the expression of two MHC II genes (HLA-DPA1 and HLA-DRB1) in brain from individual subjects with schizophrenia (SZ), bipolar disorder (BD), major depressive disorder (MDD), and controls by differential gene expression methods. A third MHC II mRNA, CD74, was studied outside of the MHC II locus, as it interacts within the same immune complex...
2016: Microarrays
Kyeon Raab, Peter Kirsch, Daniela Mier
Detecting and evaluating emotional information from facial expressions as a basis for behavioural adaption belong to the core social-cognitive abilities of mankind. Dysfunctions in emotional face processing are observed in several major psychiatric disorders like depression and schizophrenia. In search for psychiatric disease biomarkers using the imaging genetics approach, serotonergic gene polymorphisms have been associated with altered brain circuit activation during emotional face processing. Especially the 5-HTTLPR gene polymorphism has been extensively investigated in association with emotion regulation processes...
September 1, 2016: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
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