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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306937/the-effects-of-stress-and-meditation-on-the-immune-system-human-microbiota-and-epigenetics
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Ayman Mukerji Househam, Christine Tara Peterson, Deepak Chopra
Context • Globally, more than 25% of individuals are affected by anxiety and depression disorders. Meditation is gaining popularity in clinical settings and its treatment efficacy is being studied for a wide array of psychological and physiological ailments. An exploration of stress physiology is an essential precursor to delineation of the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of meditation practices. Objective • The review outlines a model of interconnected physiological processes that might support the continued inclusion and expansion of meditation in the treatment of diverse medical conditions and to investigate the role that gut microbiota may play in realizing well-being through meditation...
October 2017: Advances in Mind-body Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305581/an-epigenome-wide-methylation-study-of-healthy-individuals-with-or-without-depressive-symptoms
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Mihoko Shimada, Takeshi Otowa, Taku Miyagawa, Tadashi Umekage, Yoshiya Kawamura, Miki Bundo, Kazuya Iwamoto, Tempei Ikegame, Mamoru Tochigi, Kiyoto Kasai, Hisanobu Kaiya, Hisashi Tanii, Yuji Okazaki, Katsushi Tokunaga, Tsukasa Sasaki
Major depressive disorder is a common psychiatric disorder that is thought to be triggered by both genetic and environmental factors. Depressive symptoms are an important public health problem and contribute to vulnerability to major depression. Although a substantial number of genetic and epigenetic studies have been performed to date, the detailed etiology of depression remains unclear and there are no validated biomarkers. DNA methylation is one of the major epigenetic modifications that play diverse roles in the etiology of complex diseases...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287592/hypermethylation-of-meg3-promoter-correlates-with-inactivation-of-meg3-and-poor-prognosis-in-patients-with-retinoblastoma
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Yali Gao, Peng Huang, Jun Zhang
BACKGROUND: In our previous study, we revealed that MEG3 was a tumor suppressor gene in retinoblastoma and inhibited proliferation of retinoblastoma cells by regulating the activity of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway. Here, we further explored the mechanism of MEG3 inactivation in retinoblastoma. METHODS: MSP and qRT-PCR were performed to detect the methylation status of MEG3 promoter and levels of MEG3 expression, respective. To further explore relationship between MEG3 expression and epigenetic modifications, 5-Aza-CdR was used to interfere with DNA methylation...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275155/htr1a-1b-dna-methylation-may-predict-escitalopram-treatment-response-in-depressed-chinese-han-patients
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Peipei Wang, Qinyu Lv, Yemeng Mao, Cuizhen Zhang, Chenxi Bao, Hong Sun, Hanmei Chen, Zhenghui Yi, Weimin Cai, Yiru Fang
BACKGROUND: The serotonin receptor 1A and 1B (HTR1A/1B) gene have been suggested to be involved in the pathogenesis of major depressive disorder (MDD) and the antidepressant treatment response. Gene expression differences were partly mediated by genetic polymorphism and DNA methylation which might be affected by environmental factors. In the present study, we attempt to identify whether HTR1A/1B DNA methylation and genetic polymorphism could predict antidepressant treatment response. METHODS: 85 Chinese Han MDD patients were clinically assessed 8 weeks after of initiating escitalopram treatment for the first time...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29251832/a-role-for-activity-dependent-epigenetics-in-the-development-and-treatment-of-major-depressive-disorder
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REVIEW
Corina Nagy, Kathryn Vaillancourt, Gustavo Turecki
Chronic stressors, during developmental critical periods and beyond, contribute to the risk of developing psychiatric conditions, including major depressive disorder (MDD). Epigenetic mechanisms including DNA methylation and histone modifications, at key stress response and neurotrophin genes, are increasingly implicated in mediating this risk. Although the exact mechanisms through which stressful environmental stimuli alter the epigenome are still unclear, research from the learning and memory fields indicates that epigenomic marks can be altered, at least in part, through calcium-dependent signalling cascades in direct response to neuronal activity...
December 18, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29246185/early-life-adversity-and-long-term-neurobehavioral-outcomes-epigenome-as-a-bridge
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Alexander M Vaiserman, Alexander K Koliada
Accumulating evidence suggests that adversities at critical periods in early life, both pre- and postnatal, can lead to neuroendocrine perturbations, including hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis dysregulation and inflammation persisting up to adulthood. This process, commonly referred to as biological embedding, may cause abnormal cognitive and behavioral functioning, including impaired learning, memory, and depressive- and anxiety-like behaviors, as well as neuropsychiatric outcomes in later life. Currently, the regulation of gene activity by epigenetic mechanisms is suggested to be a key player in mediating the link between adverse early-life events and adult neurobehavioral outcomes...
December 16, 2017: Human Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243873/a-comprehensive-review-of-genetic-and-epigenetic-mechanisms-that-regulate-bdnf-expression-and-function-with-relevance-to-major-depressive-disorder
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Benjamin Hing, Leela Sathyaputri, James B Potash
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a mood disorder that affects behavior and impairs cognition. A gene potentially important to this disorder is the brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) as it is involved in processes controlling neuroplasticity. Various mechanisms exist to regulate BDNF's expression level, subcellular localization, and sorting to appropriate secretory pathways. Alterations to these processes by genetic factors and negative stressors can dysregulate its expression, with possible implications for MDD...
December 15, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237550/the-effects-of-dna-methylation-on-human-psychology
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REVIEW
Farzeen Kader, Meenu Ghai, Leah Maharaj
DNA methylation is a fundamental epigenetic modification in the human genome; pivotal in development, genomic imprinting, X inactivation, chromosome stability, gene expression and methylation aberrations are involved in an array of human diseases. Methylation at promoters is associated with transcriptional repression, whereas gene body methylation is generally associated with gene expression. Extrinsic factors such as age, diets and lifestyle affect DNA methylation which consequently alters gene expression...
December 10, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236313/micrornas-and-exosomes-in-depression-potential-diagnostic-biomarkers
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Jahanshir Tavakolizadeh, Kambiz Roshanaei, Arash Salmaninejad, Reza Yari, Javid Sadri Nahand, Hoda Khoshdel Sarkarizi, Seyed Mojtaba Mousavi, Reza Salarinia, Majid Rahmati, Seyed Farshid Mousavi, Ryan Mokhtari, Hamed Mirzaei
Depression is known as one of important psychiatric disorders which could be associated with disability among various populations. Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, 4th edition (DSM-IV) and international statistical classification of diseases and related health problems (ICD-10) could be used as subjective diagnostic schemes for identification of mental disorders such as depression. Utilization of subjective diagnostic schemes are associated with limitations. Hence, it seems that employing of new diagnosis platforms is required...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229502/sodium-butyrate-abolishes-lipopolysaccharide-induced-depression-like-behaviors-and-hippocampal-microglial-activation-in-mice
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Yosuke Yamawaki, Norika Yoshioka, Kanako Nozaki, Hikaru Ito, Keisuke Oda, Kana Harada, Satomi Shirawachi, Satoshi Asano, Hidenori Aizawa, Shigeto Yamawaki, Takashi Kanemastu, Hiroyuki Akagi
Patients with major depressive disorder have elevated peripheral inflammation; the degree of this increase correlates with the severity of the disorder. Chronic psychological stress increases pro-inflammatory cytokines and promotes microglial activation, leading to stress vulnerability. Epigenetics, including DNA methylation and histone modification, are also related to the pathophysiology of major depressive disorder. Sodium butyrate (SB), a histone deacetylase inhibitor, exerts an antidepressant effect by altering gene expression in the hippocampus...
December 8, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213232/stress-induced-chronic-visceral-pain-of-gastrointestinal-origin
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REVIEW
Beverley Greenwood-Van Meerveld, Anthony C Johnson
Visceral pain is generally poorly localized and characterized by hypersensitivity to a stimulus such as organ distension. In concert with chronic visceral pain, there is a high comorbidity with stress-related psychiatric disorders including anxiety and depression. The mechanisms linking visceral pain with these overlapping comorbidities remain to be elucidated. Evidence suggests that long term stress facilitates pain perception and sensitizes pain pathways, leading to a feed-forward cycle promoting chronic visceral pain disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29195162/effects-of-adolescent-social-stress-and-antidepressant-treatment-on-cognitive-inflexibility-and-bdnf-epigenetic-modifications-in-the-mpfc-of-adult-mice
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Hang Xu, Jiesi Wang, Ke Zhang, Mei Zhao, Bart Ellenbroek, Feng Shao, Weiwen Wang
Adolescent social stress (ASS) can increase susceptibility to depression in adulthood. However, the underlying psychological and neural mechanisms remain unclear. Cortically mediated cognitive dysfunctions are increasingly recognized as an independent and important risk factor of depression. Using social defeat stress, a classical animal model of depression, our previous studies found that mice subjected to this form of stress during early adolescence displayed cognitive inflexibility (CI) in adulthood. This change was accompanied by a down-regulation of Bdnf gene expression in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC); this gene encodes a key molecule involved in depression and antidepressant action...
November 26, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29182159/epigenetic-changes-of-fkbp5-as-a-link-connecting-genetic-and-environmental-risk-factors-with-structural-and-functional-brain-changes-in-major-depression
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Leonardo Tozzi, Chloe Farrell, Linda Booij, Kelly Doolin, Zsofia Nemoda, Moshe Szyf, Florence B Pomares, Julian Chiarella, Veronica O'Keane, Thomas Frodl
The gene for the glucocorticoid receptor regulator FK506 binding protein 5 (FKBP5) plays a role for risk, response to treatment and changes in brain areas in major depressive disorder (MDD). Chronic stress is associated with lower methylation of FKBP5. Our aim was to investigate whether methylation of FKBP5 reflected exposure to childhood adversity in MDD and controls and whether it was associated with structure and function of emotional processing regions. FKBP5 intron 7 GR response element region methylation and rs1360780 allelic status were assessed from whole blood in 56 MDD adults and 50 controls...
November 28, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162169/stress-exposure-and-psychopathology-alter-methylation-of-the-serotonin-receptor-2a-htr2a-gene-in-preschoolers
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Stephanie H Parade, Andrew M Novick, Justin Parent, Ronald Seifer, Samantha J Klaver, Carmen J Marsit, Asi Polly Gobin, Bao-Zhu Yang, Audrey R Tyrka
Serotonin signaling pathways play a key role in brain development, stress reactivity, and mental health. Epigenetic alterations in the serotonin system may underlie the effect of early life stress on psychopathology. The current study examined methylation of the serotonin receptor 2A (HTR2A) gene in a sample of 228 children including 119 with child welfare documentation of moderate to severe maltreatment within the last 6 months. Child protection records, semistructured interviews in the home, and parent reports were used to assess child stress exposure, psychiatric symptoms, and behavior...
December 2017: Development and Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160620/dna-methylation-of-mb-comt-in-malaysian-schizophrenia-patients
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Abd Rahim Nour El Huda, Ku Zaifah Norsidah, Rahim Mohd Nabil Fikri, Mohd Noor Hanisah, Abdullah Kartini, A Talib Norlelawati
AIM: This study examined catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) DNA methylation in the peripheral blood of schizophrenia patients and also in healthy controls to investigate its potential use as a peripheral biomarker of schizophrenia and its relationships with the clinical variables of schizophrenia patients. METHODS: We examined the DNA methylation levels of COMT using genomic DNA from the peripheral blood of schizophrenia patients (n = 138) and healthy control participants (n = 132); all were Malaysian Malays...
November 21, 2017: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154458/epigenetic-mechanisms-of-major-depression-targeting-neuronal-plasticity
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REVIEW
Shusaku Uchida, Hirotaka Yamagata, Tomoe Seki, Yoshifumi Watanabe
Major depressive disorder is one of the most common mental illnesses as it affects more than 350 million people globally. Major depressive disorder is etiologically complex and disabling. Genetic factors play a role in the etiology of major depression. However, identical twin studies have shown high rates of discordance, indicating non-genetic mechanisms as well. For instance, stressful life events increase the risk of depression. Environmental stressors also induce stable changes in gene expression within the brain that may lead to maladaptive neuronal plasticity in regions implicated in disease pathogenesis...
November 20, 2017: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150144/atypical-depression-and-non-atypical-depression-is-hpa-axis-function-a-biomarker-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Mario F Juruena, Mariia Bocharova, Bruno Agustini, Allan H Young
BACKGROUND: The link between the abnormalities of the Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and depression has been one of the most consistently reported findings in psychiatry. At the same time, multiple studies have demonstrated a stronger association between the increased activation of HPA-axis and melancholic, or endogenous depression subtype. This association has not been confirmed for the atypical subtype, and some researchers have suggested that as an antinomic depressive subtype, it may be associated with the opposite type, i...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132937/arsenic-exposure-during-embryonic-development-alters-the-expression-of-the-long-noncoding-rna-growth-arrest-specific-5-gas5-in-a-sex-dependent-manner
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Kevin K Caldwell, Alexander Hafez, Elizabeth Solomon, Matthew Cunningham, Andrea M Allan
Our previous studies suggest that prenatal arsenic exposure (50ppb) modifies epigenetic control of the programming of the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) signaling system in the developing mouse brain. These deficits may lead to long-lasting consequences, including deficits in learning and memory, increased depressive-like behaviors, and an altered set-point of GR feedback throughout life. To understand the arsenic-induced changes within the GR system, we assessed the impact of in utero arsenic exposure on the levels of the GR and growth arrest-specific-5 (Gas5), a noncoding RNA, across a key gestational period for GR programming (gestational days, GD 14-18) in mice...
November 10, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132028/dna-methylation-and-genetic-variation-of-the-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-ace-in-depression
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Dilys Lam, Marie-Laure Ancelin, Karen Ritchie, Richard Saffery, Joanne Ryan
BACKGROUND: Depression is one of the most prevalent psychiatric disorders, and in older persons is associated with high levels of comorbidity and under-treatment. Dysfunction of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) stress axis is consistently observed in the older population as well as depressed patients, with the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) a key regulator of the stress response. Epigenetic regulation of ACE may play an important role in HPA axis (dys)regulation. OBJECTIVE: To investigate ACE promoter methylation as a biomarker of late-life depression, and its association with genetic variation and cortisol secretion...
November 8, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131015/therapeutic-response-to-paroxetine-in-major-depressive-disorder-predicted-by-dna-methylation
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Naohiro Takeuchi, Shinpei Nonen, Masaki Kato, Masataka Wakeno, Yoshiteru Takekita, Toshihiko Kinoshita, Fumihiko Kugawa
BACKGROUND: Antidepressants have variable therapeutic effects, depending on genetic and environmental factors. Approximately 30% of major depressive disorder (MDD) patients do not respond significantly to antidepressants such as paroxetine, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). However, the biological mechanisms behind this phenomenon are mostly unknown. Here, we examined the role of patients' epigenetic background in SSRI efficacy. METHODS: Genome-wide DNA methylation analysis of the peripheral blood of Japanese MDD patients was performed by using the Infinium HumanMethylation450 BeadChip...
November 4, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
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