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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913946/facial-emotion-recognition-in-schizophrenia-an-exploratory-study-on-the-role-of-comorbid-alcohol-and-substance-use-disorders-and-comt-val158met
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Giuseppe Carrà, Gabriella Nicolini, Annamaria Lax, Francesco Bartoli, Filippo Castellano, Alessia Chiorazzi, Giulia Gamba, Mattia Bava, Cristina Crocamo, Costanza Papagno
OBJECTIVES: To explore whether facial emotion recognition (FER), impaired in both schizophrenia and alcohol and substance use disorders (AUDs/SUDs), is additionally compromised among comorbid subjects, also considering the role of catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) Val158Met. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study, randomly recruiting 67 subjects with a DSM-IV-TR diagnosis of schizophrenia, and rigorously assessing AUDs/SUDs and COMT Val158Met polymorphism...
September 15, 2017: Human Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869277/polymorphisms-in-dopamine-associated-genes-and-cognitive-decline-in-parkinson-s-disease
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D Bäckström, M Eriksson Domellöf, G Granåsen, J Linder, S Mayans, E Elgh, H Zetterberg, K Blennow, L Forsgren
OBJECTIVES: Cognitive decline is common in Parkinson's disease (PD), but the underlying mechanisms for this complication are incompletely understood. Genotypes affecting dopamine transmission may be of importance. This study investigates whether genotypes associated with reduced prefrontal dopaminergic tone and/or reduced dopamine D2-receptor availability (Catechol-O-methyltransferase [COMT] Val(158) Met genotype and DRD2 C(957) T genotype) affect the development of cognitive deficits in PD...
September 4, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856668/interaction-between-val158met-catechol-o-methyltransferase-polymorphism-and-social-cognitive-functioning-in-schizophrenia-pilot-study
#3
Aneta Tylec, Witold Jeleniewicz, Ann Mortimer, Małgorzata Bednarska-Makaruk, Katarzyna Kucharska
The Val158Met catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) functional polymorphism may influence social cognitive functioning in patients with schizophrenia. Aspects of social cognition were evaluated with the Facial Expression Recognition Test, the Voice Emotion Recognition Test, and the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test. The Short Recognition Memory Test for Faces was used as a control measure. The Schedule for the Assessment of Negative Symptoms, Schedule for the Assessment of Positive Symptoms, and Beck Depression Inventory were used to rate of patient symptoms...
August 30, 2017: Annals of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836919/dopaminergic-and-serotonergic-genotypes-and-the-subjective-experiences-of-hypnosis
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E R Katonai, Anna Szekely, A Vereczkei, Maria Sasvari-Szekely, Éva I Bányai, Katalin Varga
Hypnotizability is related to the Val(158)Met polymorphism of the COMT gene. The authors' aim was to find associations between candidate genes and subjective dimensions of hypnosis; 136 subjects participated in hypnosis and noninvasive DNA sampling. The phenomenological dimensions were tapped by the Archaic Involvement Measure (AIM), the Phenomenology of Consciousness Inventory (PCI), and the Dyadic Interactional Harmony Questionnaire (DIH). The main results were that the "Need of dependence" subscale of AIM was associated with the COMT genotypes...
October 2017: International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833962/biochemical-and-genetic-predictors-and-correlates-of-response-to-lamotrigine-and-folic-acid-in-bipolar-depression-analysis-of-the-cequel-clinical-trial
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E M Tunbridge, M J Attenburrow, A Gardiner, J M Rendell, C Hinds, G M Goodwin, P J Harrison, J R Geddes
OBJECTIVES: CEQUEL (Comparative Evaluation of QUEtiapine plus Lamotrigine combination versus quetiapine monotherapy [and folic acid versus placebo] in bipolar depression) was a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel group, 2×2 factorial trial that examined the effect of adding lamotrigine and/or folic acid (FA) to quetiapine in bipolar depression. Lamotrigine improved depression, but its effectiveness was reduced by FA. We investigated the baseline predictors and correlates of clinical response, and the possible basis of the interaction...
August 20, 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833952/comt-val158met-polymorphism-links-to-altered-fear-conditioning-and-extinction-are-modulated-by-ptsd-and-childhood-trauma
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Jessica Deslauriers, Dean T Acheson, Adam X Maihofer, Caroline M Nievergelt, Dewleen G Baker, Mark A Geyer, Victoria B Risbrough
BACKGROUND: Risk for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is thought to be mediated by gene × environment (G × E) interactions that affect core cognitive processes such as fear learning. The catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) val158met polymorphism has been associated with risk for PTSD and impaired fear inhibition. We used a large, relatively homogenous population to (1) replicate previous findings of poor fear inhibition in COMT Met/Met carriers with PTSD; (2) determine if COMT association with fear inhibition is moderated by childhood trauma (CT), an environmental risk factor for PTSD; and (3) determine if COMT is associated with altered fear processes after recent exposure to combat trauma...
August 18, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759974/correlations-between-methionine-cycle-metabolism-comt-genotype-and-polyneuropathy-in-l-dopa-treated-parkinson-s-disease-a-preliminary-cross-sectional-study
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Mattias Andréasson, Lovisa Brodin, José Miguel Laffita-Mesa, Per Svenningsson
BACKGROUND: Polyneuropathy (pnp) is recognized as a clinical feature of Parkinson's disease (PD). Whether pnp is a result of the alpha-synucleinopathy or related to treatment is debated. Previous studies support underlying disturbances in the methionine cycle mediated by L-dopa. OBJECTIVE: Describe possible relationships between methionine cycle metabolism and the development of pnp in L-dopa treated PD. Furthermore, we aim to investigate possible genetic risk factors by genotyping specific SNPs in enzymes involved in the abovementioned pathways...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724390/examining-the-impact-of-a-province-wide-physical-education-policy-on-secondary-students-physical-activity-as-a-natural-experiment
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Erin Hobin, Tannis Erickson, Melisa Comte, Fei Zuo, Saamir Pasha, Donna Murnaghan, Steve Manske, Catherine Casey, Jane Griffith, Jonathan McGavock
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of a province-wide physical education (PE) policy on secondary school students' moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA). METHODS: Policy: In fall 2008, Manitoba expanded a policy requiring a PE credit for students in grades 11 and 12 for the first time in Canada. The PE curriculum requires grades 11 and 12 students to complete a minimum of 55 h (50% of course hours) of MVPA (e.g., ≥30 min/day of MVPA on ≥5 days a week) during a 5-month semester to achieve the course credit...
July 19, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687733/catechol-o-methyltransferase-polymorphism-is-associated-with-the-cortico-cerebellar-functional-connectivity-of-executive-function-in-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Yoshifumi Mizuno, Minyoung Jung, Takashi X Fujisawa, Shinichiro Takiguchi, Koji Shimada, Daisuke N Saito, Hirotaka Kosaka, Akemi Tomoda
The cerebellum, although traditionally considered a motor structure, has been increasingly recognized to play a role in regulating executive function, the dysfunction of which is a factor in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Additionally, catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) polymorphism has been reported to be associated with executive function. We examined whether the cortico-cerebellar executive function network is altered in children with ADHD and whether COMT polymorphism is associated with the altered network...
July 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667376/sexually-divergent-effect-of-comt-val-met-genotype-on-subcortical-volumes-in-schizophrenia
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Irene Bollettini, Marco Spangaro, Sara Poletti, Cristina Lorenzi, Adele Pirovano, Benedetta Vai, Enrico Smeraldi, Roberto Cavallaro, Francesco Benedetti
Structural and functional alterations of subcortical areas have been observed in schizophrenia. COMT Val108/158Met has been associated with schizophrenia and implicated in different cognitive and neurofunctional alterations. Recent studies suggested that COMT genotype influences neuronal growth. Genetic variations in COMT were associated with sexually dimorphic effects on enzymatic activity, brain anatomy and behavior suggesting that gender might be crucial in interpreting COMT-dependent effects. Based on these data, we investigated possible effects of the interaction between COMT Val108/158Met genotype and gender on subcortical volumes among 79 patients with schizophrenia...
June 30, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648906/comt-genotype-is-differentially-associated-with-single-trial-variability-of-erps-as-a-function-of-memory-type
#11
Hadiseh Nowparast Rostami, Christopher W N Saville, Christoph Klein, Guang Ouyang, Werner Sommer, Changsong Zhou, Andrea Hildebrandt
Previous research on the association between intra-subject variability (ISV) in reaction times (RTs) and the Val(158)Met polymorphism of the catechol-o-methyltransferase gene (COMT; rs4680) has yielded mixed results. The present study compared the associations between COMT genotype and ISV in P3b latency measured during working and secondary memory tasks using residue iteration decomposition (RIDE) of single trial latencies. We compared the outcome of the present analyses with a previous analysis of the same data (N=70, n-back tasks) using an alternative single-trial method...
June 23, 2017: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640434/catechol-o-methyltransferase-genotype-and-gait-speed-changes-over-10-years-in-older-adults
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Andrea L Metti, Caterina Rosano, Robert Boudreau, Robyn Massa, Kristine Yaffe, Suzanne Satterfield, Tamara Harris, Andrea L Rosso
OBJECTIVES: To determine the association between catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) genotype and 6-m walk time and to determine whether these associations are quadratic in nature, similar to previously reported U-shaped associations between dopamine and gait and cognition. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Health, Aging and Body Composition Study. PARTICIPANTS: Black (n = 850) and white (n = 1,352) men and women with a mean age of 73...
September 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635556/executive-control-in-schizophrenia-a-preliminary-study-on-the-moderating-role-of-comt-val158met-for-comorbid-alcohol-and-substance-use-disorders
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Giuseppe Carrà, Gabriella Nicolini, Cristina Crocamo, Annamaria Lax, Francesca Amidani, Francesco Bartoli, Filippo Castellano, Alessia Chiorazzi, Giulia Gamba, Costanza Papagno, Massimo Clerici
BACKGROUND: A functional polymorphism in the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene (Val158Met) appears to influence cognition in people with alcohol/substance use disorders (AUD/SUD) and in those with psychosis. METHODS: To explore the potential moderating effect of these factors, a cross-sectional study was conducted, randomly recruiting subjects with DSM-IV diagnosis of schizophrenia. AUD/SUD was rigorously assessed, as well as COMT Val158Met polymorphism. Executive control functioning was measured using the Intra-Extra Dimensional Set Shift (IED)...
February 14, 2017: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629779/are-dopaminergic-genotypes-risk-factors-for-eating-behavior-and-obesity-in-adults
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Orcun Avsar, Aysegul Kuskucu, Seda Sancak, Ece Genc
Dopamine (DA) is the main modulator of the brain reward system and significantly regulates food intake. The idea that obesity is a neurobiological disease rather than a metabolic disorder, is the basis of the study. Changes in dopamine neurotransmission affect the brain reward system in a direct way. Furthermore, changes in the reward system influence the eating behavior in human. The enzymes monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) and catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) terminate the DA function by metabolizing it. In our study, the control group which included 214 individuals and 234 subjects with obesity were investigated for MAOA-u VNTR and COMT (rs4680) polymorphisms...
July 27, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627776/the-catechol-o-methyltransferase-val-108-158-met-genetic-polymorphism-cannot-be-recommended-as-a-biomarker-for-the-prediction-of-venlafaxine-efficacy-in-patients-treated-in-psychiatric-settings
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Adela Taranu, Khalil El Asmar, Romain Colle, Florian Ferreri, Mircea Polosan, Denis David, Laurent Becquemont, Emmanuelle Corruble, Céline Verstuyft
The antidepressant venlafaxine is known to increase the turnover of cerebral monoamines, which are catabolized by the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT). The COMT (Val(108/158)Met, rs4680) genetic polymorphism affects the cerebral COMT activity. But whether this genetic polymorphism is associated with response to venlafaxine remains unclear. We assessed the impact of the COMT Val(108/158)Met, rs4680 genetic polymorphism on the efficacy of venlafaxine in depressed patients. This study was nested in the METADAP cohort, a real-world naturalistic treatment study in psychiatric settings...
June 19, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614354/maternal-prenatal-anxiety-and-child-comt-genotype-predict-working-memory-and-symptoms-of-adhd
#16
Kieran J O'Donnell, Vivette Glover, Jari Lahti, Marius Lahti, Rachel D Edgar, Katri Räikkönen, Thomas G O'Connor
Maternal prenatal anxiety is an important risk factor for altered child neurodevelopment but there is uncertainty concerning the biological mechanisms involved and sources of individual differences in children's responses. We sought to determine the role of functional genetic variation in COMT, which encodes catechol-O-methyltransferase, in the association between maternal prenatal anxiety and child symptoms of ADHD and working memory. We used the prospectively-designed ALSPAC cohort (n = 6,969) for our primary data analyses followed by replication analyses in the PREDO cohort (n = 425)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608575/association-between-comt-val158met-and-psychiatric-disorders-a-comprehensive-meta-analysis
#17
Steven Taylor
Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) Val158Met is widely regarded as potentially important for understanding the genetic etiology of many different psychiatric disorders. The present study appears to be the first comprehensive meta-analysis of COMT genetic association studies to cover all psychiatric disorders for which there were available data, published in any language, and with an emphasis on investigating disorder subtypes (defined clinically or by demographic or other variables). Studies were included if they reported one or more datasets (i...
June 13, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608189/effect-of-catechol-o-methyltransferase-val158met-polymorphism-on-resting-state-brain-default-mode-network-after-acupuncture-stimulation
#18
Xuejuan Yang, Jie Gong, Lingmin Jin, Lin Liu, Jinbo Sun, Wei Qin
The effects of acupuncture can be characterized by clear individual differences. Several revealing studies suggest an underlying role of inherited genetic factor in interindividual variability in response to acupuncture treatment. It remains unclear, however, if the modulation of acupuncture on resting brain function is influenced by genetic factors. Catechol-o-methyltransferase (COMT) Val158Met polymorphism has been shown to regulate the resting brain network, especially in the default mode network (DMN), which is a target area that responds to acupuncture stimulation...
June 13, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556830/adolescence-is-the-starting-point-of-sex-dichotomous-comt-genetic-effects
#19
S Sannino, M C Padula, F Managò, M Schaer, M Schneider, M Armando, E Scariati, F Sloan-Bena, M Mereu, M Pontillo, S Vicari, G Contarini, C Chiabrera, M Pagani, A Gozzi, S Eliez, F Papaleo
The catechol-o-methyltransferase (COMT) genetic variations produce pleiotropic behavioral/neuroanatomical effects. Some of these effects may vary among sexes. However, the developmental trajectories of COMT-by-sex interactions are unclear. Here we found that extreme COMT reduction, in both humans (22q11.2 deletion syndrome COMT Met) and mice (COMT-/-), was associated to cortical thinning only after puberty and only in females. Molecular biomarkers, such as tyrosine hydroxylase, Akt and neuronal/cellular counting, confirmed that COMT-by-sex divergent effects started to appear at the cortical level during puberty...
May 30, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544426/the-catechol-o-methyltransferase-comt-val158met-genotype-modulates-working-memory-related-dorsolateral-prefrontal-response-and-performance-in-bipolar-disorder
#20
K W Miskowiak, H L Kjaerstad, M M Støttrup, A M Svendsen, K M Demant, L K Hoeffding, T M Werge, K E Burdick, K Domschke, A F Carvalho, E Vieta, M Vinberg, L V Kessing, H R Siebner, J Macoveanu
OBJECTIVES: Cognitive dysfunction affects a substantial proportion of patients with bipolar disorder (BD), and genetic-imaging paradigms may aid in the elucidation of mechanisms implicated in this symptomatic domain. The Val allele of the functional Val158Met polymorphism of the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene is associated with reduced prefrontal cortex dopamine and exaggerated working memory-related prefrontal activity. This functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study investigated for the first time whether the COMT Val158Met genotype modulates prefrontal activity during spatial working memory in BD...
May 2017: Bipolar Disorders
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