Hashimoto T, Bergen SE, Nguyen QL, Xu B, Monteggia LM, Pierri JN et al. Relationship of brain-derived neurotrophic factor and its receptor TrkB to altered inhibitory prefrontal circuitry in schizophrenia. J Neurosci 25: 372-383

Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience (Impact Factor: 6.34). 02/2005; 25(2):372-83. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4035-04.2005
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Dysfunction of inhibitory neurons in the prefrontal cortex (PFC), represented by decreased expression of GABA-related genes such as the 67 kDa isoform of glutamate decarboxylase (GAD67) and parvalbumin (PV), appears to contribute to cognitive deficits in subjects with schizophrenia. We investigated the involvement of signaling mediated by brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and its receptor tyrosine kinase TrkB in producing the altered GABA-related gene expression in schizophrenia. In 15 pairs of subjects with schizophrenia and matched control subjects, both BDNF and TrkB mRNA levels, as assessed by in situ hybridization, were significantly decreased in the PFC of the subjects with schizophrenia, whereas the levels of mRNA encoding the receptor tyrosine kinase for neurotrophin-3, TrkC, were unchanged. In this cohort, within-pair changes in TrkB mRNA levels were significantly correlated with those in both GAD67 and PV mRNA levels. Decreased BDNF, TrkB, and GAD67 mRNA levels were replicated in a second cohort of 12 subject pairs. In the combined cohorts, the correlation between within-pair changes in TrkB and GAD67 mRNA levels was significantly stronger than the correlation between the changes in BDNF and GAD67 mRNA levels. Neither BDNF nor TrkB mRNA levels were changed in the PFC of monkeys after a long-term exposure to haloperidol. Genetically introduced decreases in TrkB expression, but not in BDNF expression, also resulted in decreased GAD67 and PV mRNA levels in the PFC of adult mice; in addition, the cellular pattern of altered GAD67 mRNA expression paralleled that present in schizophrenia. Decreased TrkB signaling appears to underlie the dysfunction of inhibitory neurons in the PFC of subjects with schizophrenia.

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    • "Interneurons express tropomyosin related kinase (TrkB) and require pyramidal neuron synthesized brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) for differentiation and maturation (Glorioso et al., 2006). Reductions in gene expression and protein level of both BDNF and its cognate tyrosine kinase receptor, TrkB, have been identified in the DLPFC of individuals with schizophrenia and these reductions have been proposed to contribute to the reduced health of interneurons in schizophrenia (Weickert et al., 2003, 2005; Hashimoto et al., 2005; Lewis et al., 2005; Wong et al., 2010; Ray et al., 2014). A recent meta-analysis has also shown that BDNF blood levels are reduced in both medicated and drugnaïve patients with schizophrenia (Green et al., 2011). "
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    • "Therefore, our GABA-Aα5 and GABA-Aε findings lend further support to the notion that altered tonic inhibition by GABA may contribute to the pathophysiology of schizophrenia (Maldonado-Aviles et al., 2009). Reduced GAD67 expression is a consistent finding in schizophrenia (Akbarian et al., 1995; Guidotti et al., 2000; Volk et al., 2000; Woo et al., 2004; Hashimoto et al., 2005, 2008a,b; Thompson et al., 2009; Duncan et al., 2010; Curley et al., 2011; Kimoto et al., 2014); however, we observed increased GAD67 expression in the ACC of the female schizophrenia group. It is possible that this difference may be due to medication because we observed that the expression of GAD67 was significantly higher in patients who were on medication compared with those who were off medication (Fig. 2; Table 3). "
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    ABSTRACT: GABAergic dysfunction has been strongly implicated in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. In this study, we analyzed the expression levels of several GABAergic genes in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) of postmortem subjects with schizophrenia (n=21) and a comparison group of individuals without a history of psychiatric illness (n=18). Our analyses revealed a significant sex by diagnosis effect, along with significant differences in GABAergic gene expression based on medication status. Analyses revealed that in male groups, the expression of GABAergic genes was generally lower in schizophrenia cases compared to the controls, with significantly lower expression levels of GABA-Aα5, GABA-Aβ1, and GABA-Aε. In females, the expression of GABAergic genes was higher in the schizophrenia cases, with significantly higher expression of the GABA-Aβ1 and GAD67 genes. Analysis of the effect of medication in the schizophrenia subjects revealed significantly higher expression of GABA-Aα1-3, GABA-Aβ2, GABA-Aγ2, and GAD67 in the medicated group compared to the unmedicated group. These data show that sex differences in the expression of GABAergic genes occur in the ACC in schizophrenia. Therefore, our data support previous findings of GABAergic dysfunction in schizophrenia and emphasize the importance of considering sex in analyses of the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Sex differences in the GABAergic regulation of ACC function may contribute to the differences observed in the symptoms of male and female patients with schizophrenia. In addition, our findings indicate that antipsychotic medications may alter GABAergic signaling in the ACC, supporting the potential of GABAergic targets for the development of novel antipsychotic medication. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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    • "Beyond that, post-mortem findings displayed reduced BDNF concentrations in cortical and subcortical areas, leading to disturbed neural plasticity mediated by reduced neuronal trophic support (Takahashi et al., 2000; Durany et al., 2001; Weickert et al., 2003). In another study, BDNF expression levels and the mRNA of its receptor tyrosine kinase TrkB were found to be decreased in the prefrontal cortex of two schizophrenia cohorts (Hashimoto et al., 2005). Based on the observation that BDNF-TrkB signaling has an influence on the development of GAD67 and parvalbumin-positive GABAergic neurons (Huang et al., 1999; Cotrufo et al., 2003), the authors hypothesized that the impairments of BDNF-TrkB signaling in schizophrenia might be an upstream event contributing to the altered expression of GABA-related genes in schizophrenia (Takahashi et al., 2000). "
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