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Brietzke E.,University of Sao Paulo | Moreira C.L.R.L.,University of Sao Paulo | Duarte S.V.B.,University of Sao Paulo | Nery F.G.,University of Sao Paulo | And 4 more authors.
Comprehensive Psychiatry | Year: 2012

Background: Recent evidence suggests an association between migraine and bipolar disorder (BD), although the impact of this association in the clinical course of BD is relatively unknown. Objective: This study aimed to compare 2 groups of individuals with BD (with vs without comorbid migraine) and evaluate differences in severity of clinical course. Methods: Three hundred thirty-nine adults with Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition-defined bipolar I or II disorder were enrolled and divided into 2 groups: with and without comorbid migraine. Demographic and clinical data were obtained using standardized interviews. Results: Patients with comorbid migraines had more mood episodes, especially those with depressive polarity. In addition, comorbid migraine was associated with a higher prevalence of psychiatric and general medical comorbidities. Differences between the 2 groups in number of lifetime hospitalizations for depression/mania, rates of rapid cycling, and history of suicide attempts were not observed after Bonferroni correction. Conclusions: Comorbid migraine seems to be associated with poor outcomes in BD. Additional studies should be conducted to investigate shared vulnerabilities and pathophysiologic mechanisms as well as treatment optimization of both illnesses. © 2012 Elsevier Inc.


Brietzke E.,University of Sao Paulo | Mansur R.B.,University of Sao Paulo | Soczynska J.K.,University of Toronto | Kapczinski F.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Affective Disorders | Year: 2012

Background: The high prevalence, recurrence rate, chronicity, and illness burden in bipolar disorder (BD) are well documented. Moreover, insufficient response with conventional pharmacological and manual-based psychosocial interventions, as well as evidence of illness progression and acceleration, invite the need for early detection and primary prevention. Methods: Herein we comprehensively review extant studies reporting on a bipolar prodrome. The overarching aim is to propose a predictive algorithm (i.e. prediction of BD in at-risk populations) integrating genetic (i.e. family history), environmental (e.g. childhood maltreatment) and biological markers (i.e. BDNF, inflammatory and oxidative stress markers). Computerized databases i.e. Pubmed, PsychInfo, Cochrane Library and Scielo were searched using the followed terms: bipolar disorder cross-referenced with prodromal, preclinical, at risk mental states, clinical high risk, ultra high risk, biomarkers, brain-derived neurotrophic factor, inflammation, cytokines, oxidative stress, prediction and predictive model. Results: Available evidence indicates that a prodrome to bipolar disorder exists. Commonly encountered features preceding the onset of a manic episode are affective lability, irritability, anger, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, sleep disorders, as well as disturbances in attention and cognition. Non-specificity and insufficient sensitivity have hampered the development of an adequate prediction algorithm. Limitations: Limitations include biases associated with retrospective studies, poor characterization of clinical high risk, inadequacy of prospective studies regarding sample selection and absence of specificity of risk states. Conclusion: We propose a hypothetical prediction algorithm that is combinatorial in approach that attempts to integrate family history, early adversity, and selected biomarkers. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.


Brietzke E.,University of Sao Paulo | Kapczinski F.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Kapczinski F.,National Institute for Translational Medicine | Grassi-Oliveira R.,National Institute for Translational Medicine | And 4 more authors.
Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics | Year: 2011

Bipolar disorder (BD) is associated with substantial morbidity, as well as premature mortality. Available evidence indicates that 'stress-sensitive' chronic medical disorders, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes mellitus, are critical mediators and/or moderators of BD. Changes in physiologic systems implicated in allostasis have been proposed to impact brain structures and neurocognition, as well as medical comorbidity in this population. For example, abnormalities in insulin physiology, for example, insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia and central insulinopenia, are implicated as effectors of allostatic load in BD. Insulins critical role in CNS physiological (e.g., neurotrophism and synaptic plasticity) and pathophysiological (e.g., neurocognitive deficits, pro-apoptosis and amyloid deposition) processes is amply documented. This article introduces the concept that insulin is a mediator of allostatic load in the BD and possibly a therapeutic target. © 2011 Expert Reviews Ltd.


Moretti M.,National Institute for Translational Medicine | Valvassori S.S.,National Institute for Translational Medicine | Varela R.B.,National Institute for Translational Medicine | Ferreira C.L.,National Institute for Translational Medicine | And 8 more authors.
Behavioural Pharmacology | Year: 2011

The present study investigated the effect of the histone deacetylase inhibitor, sodium butyrate (SB), on locomotor behavior and on mitochondrial respiratory-chain complexes activity in the brain of rats subjected to an animal model of mania induced by d-amphetamine (d-AMPH). In the reversal treatment, Wistar rats were first treated with d-AMPH or saline (Sal) for 14 days. Thereafter, between days 8 and 14, rats were administered SB or Sal. In the prevention treatment, rats were treated with SB or Sal for 14 days and received d-AMPH or Sal between days 8 and 14. The d-AMPH treatment increased locomotor behavior in Sal-treated rats under reversion and prevention treatment, and SB reversed and prevented d-AMPH-related hyperactivity. Moreover, d-AMPH decreased the activity of mitochondrial respiratory-chain complexes in Sal-treated rats in the prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, striatum, and amygdala in both experiments, and SB was able to reverse and prevent this impairment. The present study suggests that the mechanism of action of SB involves induction of mitochondrial function in parallel with behavioral changes, reinforcing the need for more studies on histone deacetylase inhibitors as a possible target for new medications for bipolar disorder treatment. © 2011 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


Freire R.C.,Federal University of Rio de Janeiro | Freire R.C.,National Institute for Translational Medicine | Perna G.,San Benedetto Hospital | Nardi A.E.,Federal University of Rio de Janeiro | Nardi A.E.,National Institute for Translational Medicine
Harvard Review of Psychiatry | Year: 2010

Objective: Our objective is to summarize the new findings concerning the respiratory subtype (RS) of panic disorder (PD) since its first description. Methods: Two searches were made in the Institute for Scientific Information Web of Science: with the keywords "panic disorder" and "respiratory symptoms," and all articles that cited Briggs and colleagues' 1993 article "Subtyping of Panic Disorder by Symptom Profile" (Br J Psychiatry 1993;163:2019). Altogether, 133 articles were reviewed. Results: We describe and discuss RS epidemiology, genetics, psychopathology, demographic features, clinical features, correlations with the respiratory system, traumatic suffocation history, provocative tests, and nocturnal panic. Compared to patients with the nonrespiratory subtype (non-RS), the RS patients had higher familial history of PD, lower comorbidity with depression, longer duration of illness, lower neuroticism scores, and higher scores in severity scales, such as the Panic and Agoraphobia Scale, Panic-Agoraphobia Spectrum scale and the Clinical Global Impression scale. Tests to induce panic attacks, such as those with CO2, hyperventilation, and caffeine, produce panic attacks in a higher proportion of RS patients than non-RS patients. Differences in the subtypes' improvement with the pharmacologic treatment were found. There are also some controversial findings regarding the RS, including the age of onset of PD, and alcohol and tobacco use in RS patients. Conclusions: Some characteristics, such as the increased sensitivity to CO2 and the higher familial history of PD, clearly distinguish the RS from the non-RS. Nevertheless, there are also controversial findings. More studies are needed to determine the validity of the RS subtype. © 2010 President and Fellows of Harvard College.


Blank M.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Blank M.,National Institute for Translational Medicine | Blank M.,Federal University of Santa Catarina | Dornelles A.S.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | And 10 more authors.
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory | Year: 2014

Histone acetylation, a type of chromatin modification that allows increased gene transcription and can be pharmacologically promoted by histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors (HDACis), has been consistently associated with promoting memory formation in the hippocampus. The basolateral nucleus of the amygdala (BLA) is a brain area crucially involved in enabling hormones and drugs to influence memory formation. Here, we show that BLA activity is required for memory enhancement by intrahippocampal administration of an HDACi. Two different HDACis, sodium butyrate (NaB) and trichostatin A (TSA), differentially enhanced the retention of memory for inhibitory avoidance (IA) when administered to the dorsal hippocampus after training. TSA showed a biphasic pattern of response during consolidation, in which infusions given immediately or 3. h after training produced memory enhancement, whereas no effect was observed when it was infused 1.5 or 6. h posttraining. Muscimol (MUS)-induced unilateral functional inactivation of the BLA prevented the enhancement of memory retention produced by posttraining infusion of TSA into the ipsilateral hippocampus. TSA did not affect IA extinction or reconsolidation. These results indicate that HDACis can increase IA memory retention when given into the hippocampus, and, most importantly, BLA activity is necessary for enabling HDACi-induced influences on memory formation. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.


Roesler R.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Roesler R.,National Institute for Translational Medicine | Brunetto A.T.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Abujamra A.L.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | And 7 more authors.
Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy | Year: 2010

Gliomas are the most common and lethal neurological cancers. Despite research efforts, the prognosis for patients with malignant gliomas remains poor. Advances in the understanding of cellular and molecular alterations in gliomas have led to the emergence of experimental molecularly targeted therapies. This article summarizes recent progress in the development of targeted therapies for glioma, focusing on emerging molecular targets, including neuropeptide and neurotrophin pathways, glutamate receptors, epigenetic mechanisms and glioma stem cell targets. Recent clinical trials of small molecules and antibodies targeted at growth factor pathways and intracellular signaling cascades are also discussed. © 2010 Expert Reviews Ltd.


Roesler R.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Roesler R.,National Institute for Translational Medicine | Schwartsmann G.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Schwartsmann G.,National Institute for Translational Medicine
Frontiers in Endocrinology | Year: 2012

Neuropeptides acting on specific cell membrane receptors of the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) superfamily regulate a range of important aspects of nervous and neuroendocrine function. Gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) is a mammalian neuropeptide that bindstotheGRPreceptor(GRPR, BB2). Increasing evidence indicates that GRPR-mediated signaling in the central nervous system (CNS) plays an important role in regulating brain function, including aspects related to emotional responses, social interaction, memory, and feeding behavior. In addition, some alterations in GRP or GRPR expression or function have been described in patients with neurodegenerative, neurodevelopmental, and psychiatric disorders, as well as in brain tumors. Findings from preclinical models are consistent with the view that the GRPR might play a role in brain disorders, and raise the possibility that GRPR agonists might ameliorate cognitive and social deficits associated with neurological diseases, while antagonists may reduce anxiety and inhibit the growth of some types of brain cancer. Further preclinical and translational studies evaluating the potential therapeutic effects of GRPR ligands are warranted. © 2012 Roesler and Schwarts-mann.


Grande I.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Grande I.,University of Barcelona | Fries G.R.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Kunz M.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | And 2 more authors.
Psychiatry Investigation | Year: 2010

The cognitive impairment and neuroanatomical changes that takes place among patients with bipolar disorder (BD) patients has been well described. Recent data suggest that changes in neuroplasticity, cell resilience and connectivity are the main neuropathological findings in BD. Data from differential lines of research converges to the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) as an important contributor to the neuroplasticity changes described among BD patients. BDNF serum levels have been shown to be decreased in depressive and manic episodes, returning to normal levels in euthymia. BDNF has also been shown to decrease as the disorder progresses. Moreover, factors that negatively influence the course of BD, such as life stress and trauma have been shown to be associated with a decrease in BDNF serum levels. These findings suggest that BDNF plays a central role in the progression of BD. The present review discusses the role of BDNF as a mediator of the neuroplastic changes that occur in ortion with mood episodes and the potential use of serum BDNF as a biomarker in BD. Psychiatry Investig 2010;7:243-250 © Korean Neuropsychiatric Association.


Castelo M.S.,Federal University of Ceará | Hyphantis T.N.,University of Ioaninna | MacEdo D.S.,Federal University of Ceará | Lemos G.O.,Federal University of Ceará | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Affective Disorders | Year: 2012

Background: Two recent studies conducted in the US and in France found an unexpectedly high prevalence of a positive screen for bipolar disorder (BD) in primary care (PC). There are few studies of the prevalence of BD in PC and no information exists on the epidemiology of BD in Brazilian PC services. This study investigated the prevalence and correlates of a positive screen for BD among patients attending three Brazilian PC centers. Methods: This cross-sectional survey recruited a systematic sample of 720 patients between 18 and 70 years of age who were seeking primary care treatment. Study measures included the Mood Disorder Questionnaire, the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale, the World Health Organization Quality of Life instrument-Abbreviated version, the Functional Comorbidity Index, the Functioning Assessment Short Test, data on past mental health care, service utilization and a review of medical records for coded diagnosis. Results: The prevalence of receiving positive screen for BD was 7.6% (n=55; 95% CI: 5.6-9.5%), but only 2 (3.6%) were recognized by general practitioners. A positive screen for BD was associated with significant depressive symptoms (CES-D score ≥16; 70.9%) and more general medical conditions, along with higher primary care utilization. Patients who screened positive for BD reported worse health-related quality of life as well as impaired functioning, compared to those who screened negative. Limitations: Co-morbid mental disorders were not assessed. The cross-sectional design prevents firm cause-effect inferences. Conclusions: The prevalence of a positive screening for BD is high, clinically significant and under-recognized in Brazilian PC settings. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

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