Current antipsychotic dose correlates to mononuclear cell counts in the cerebrospinal fluid of psychotic patients.
ABSTRACT Elevated cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) levels have been evidenced in patients with schizophrenia who have been treated with antipsychotics. In order to explore a possible mononuclear cell origin of CSF ACE, the authors determined CSF ACE and CSF mononuclear cell counts from 25 acutely psychotic patients, who had been drug-free for at least 4 months but started on conventional antipsychotic medication within a few days before sampling. No correlations were found between CSF to serum ACE ratio and CSF mononuclear cell counts. However, CSF total mononuclear cell count, CSF lymphocyte count, and CSF mononuclear phagocyte count evidenced significant positive correlations with current dose of antipsychotic medication expressed as chlorpromazine equivalents. The authors conclude that no indication of a relationship between mononuclear cells and CSF ACE activity was found. Surprisingly, a relationship between chlorpromazine dose and CSF mononuclear cell counts was found, which may indicate drug-related changes in cell-mediated immunity. This finding needs replication and further corroboration in well-designed studies.
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ABSTRACT: Schizophrenia is conceptualized as a failure of cognitive integration, and altered oscillatory properties of neurocircuits are associated with its symptoms. We hypothesized that abnormal characteristics of neural networks may alter functional connectivity and distort propagation of activation in schizophrenic brains. Thus, electroencephalography (EEG) responses to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of motor cortex were compared between schizophrenia and healthy subjects. There was no difference in the initial response. However, TMS-induced waves of recurrent excitation spreading across the cortex were observed in schizophrenia, while in healthy subjects the activation faded away soon after stimulation. This widespread activation in schizophrenia was associated with increased oscillatory activities in the proximal central leads and in fronto-temporo-parietal leads bilaterally. A positive correlation was found between increased TMS-induced cortical activation in gamma frequency and positive symptoms of schizophrenia, while negative symptoms were correlated with activation in theta and delta bands. We suggest that excessive activation in response to stimulation in schizophrenia brains may lead to abnormal propagation of the signal that could potentially result in aberrant activity in areas remote from the activation origin. This mechanism may account for the positive symptoms of schizophrenia and could worsen signal to noise deficits, jeopardizing adequate information processing with ensuing cognitive deficits.Cerebral Cortex 10/2012; · 8.31 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Schizophrenia is associated with immune system dysfunction, including abnormal blood immune cell parameters. We performed a meta-analysis of these associations, considering the effect of clinical status and antipsychotic treatment following an acute exacerbation of psychosis. METHODS: We identified articles by searching PubMed, PsycINFO, and Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI) Web of Knowledge and the reference lists of identified studies. RESULTS: Sixteen studies of blood lymphocytes met the inclusion criteria. There was insufficient data for a meta-analysis of the mononuclear phagocytic system. In cross-sectional studies, there was a significant increase in the CD4% and CD56% in acutely relapsed inpatients. Absolute levels of total lymphocytes, CD3, and CD4, and the CD4/CD8 ratio were significantly increased, and the CD3% was significantly decreased in drug-native first-episode psychosis. In longitudinal studies, the CD4/CD8 ratio appeared to be state-related markers, as it decreased following antipsychotic treatment for acute exacerbations of psychosis. Absolute CD56 levels appeared to be a trait marker, as levels significantly increased following antipsychotic treatment for relapse. CONCLUSIONS: Blood lymphocyte abnormalities in drug-naïve first-episode psychosis suggest an effect that may be independent of antipsychotic medications. While some parameters (CD4/CD8) may be state markers for acute exacerbations of psychosis, others (CD56) may be trait markers; however, more longitudinal studies are needed. Although these findings could provide the basis for future hypothesis testing, a relatively small number of studies and subjects, lack of correlative data with clinical features, and inadequate consideration of potential confounding factors limit the results.Biological psychiatry 10/2012; · 8.93 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: In recently completed Japanese genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of schizophrenia (JPN_GWAS) one of the top association signals was detected in the region of VAV3, a gene that maps to the chromosome 1p13.3. In order to complement JPN_GWAS findings, we tested the association of rs1410403 with brain structure in healthy individuals and schizophrenic patients and performed exon resequencing of VAV3. We performed voxel-based morphometry (VBM) and mutation screening of VAV3. Four independent samples were used in the present study: (1) for VBM analysis, we used case-control sample comprising 100 patients with schizophrenia and 264 healthy controls, (2) mutation analysis was performed on a total of 321 patients suffering from schizophrenia, and 2 case-control samples (3) 729 unrelated patients with schizophrenia and 564 healthy comparison subjects, and (4) sample comprising 1511 cases and 1517 healthy comparison subjects and were used for genetic association analysis of novel coding variants with schizophrenia. The VBM analysis suggests that rs1410403 might affect the volume of the left superior and middle temporal gyri (P = .011 and P = .013, respectively), which were reduced in patients with schizophrenia compared with healthy subjects. Moreover, 4 rare novel missense variants were detected. The mutations were followed-up in large independent sample, and one of the novel variants (Glu741Gly) was associated with schizophrenia (P = .02). These findings demonstrate that VAV3 can be seen as novel candidate gene for schizophrenia in which both rare and common variants may be related to increased genetic risk for schizophrenia in Japanese population.Schizophrenia Bulletin 03/2012; · 8.61 Impact Factor