BDNF Va166Met polymorphism is associated with aggressive behavior in schizophrenia

IRCCS Santa Lucia Foundation, Department of Clinical and Behavioural Neurology, Via Ardetina, 306, 00179 Rome, Italy.
European Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 3.44). 10/2010; 25(6):311-3. DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2009.10.008
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Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene variants may potentially influence behaviour. In order to test this hypothesis, we investigated the relationship between BDNF Val66Met polymorphism and aggressive behaviour in a population of schizophrenic patients. Our results showed that increased number of BDNF Met alleles was associated with increased aggressive behaviour.

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    • "BDNF affects susceptibility to environmental stressors in the prediction of impulsive aggression (Wagner, Baskaya, Dahmen, Lieb, & Tadić, 2010) with met-allele carriers being more vulnerable to environmental risk than valval carriers. Moreover, carriers of the met-allele show an increased risk for psychopathological disorders related to aggression (e.g., Spalletta et al., 2010) and impulsivity (Oades et al., 2008). In line with previous research, Kretschmer et al. (2014) showed a stronger effect of peer on adolescents' own aggression in carriers of the met-met variant of this polymorphism. "

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    • "Aggression in schizophrenia or related psychotic disorders [SRPD] can occur because of a multitude of reasons, varying from positive psychotic symptoms, impulsivity, personality disorders, co-morbid substance use to even depression (Volavka & Citrome, 2008). Various studies have provided useful predictive socio demographic, clinical and genetic risk factors for aggression in schizophrenia (Swanson et al., 2006; Spalletta et al., 2010) but no single variable has been entirely explanatory and hence aggressive behaviour has come to be understood as arising out of an interaction between the patient's psychopathology and unique personal history with the social and cultural system he/she inhabits. "
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    • "Supporting an additive risk model, val-homozygotes were assigned a score of 0, val-met heterozygotes were assigned a score of 1, and met-met homozygotes were assigned a score of 2. Thus, each met-allele was assumed to add to individual genetic risk as has been found with regard to other phenotypes, including aggression (Spalletta et al., 2010) and in interplay with maternal care on personality traits (Suzuki et al., 2011). "
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