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Sep
2017

The time period during which patients manifest psychotic or unspecific symptoms prior to treatment (duration of untreated psychosis, DUP, and the duration of untreated illness, DUI) has been found to be moderately associated with poor clinical and social outcome. Equivocal evidence exists of an association between DUP/DUI and structural brain abnormalities, such as reduced hippocampus volume (HV), pituitary volume (PV) and grey matter volume (GMV). Thus, the goal of the present work was to examine if DUP and DUI are associated with abnormalities in HV, PV and GMV.

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Sep
2017

There is only limited agreement with respect to location, directionality and functional implications of brain structural alterations observed in patients with schizophrenia. Additionally, their link to occurrence of psychotic symptoms remains unclear. A viable way of addressing these questions is to examine populations in an at-risk mental state (ARMS) before the transition to psychosis.

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Dec
1969

There is strong evidence for abnormal salience processing in patients with psychotic experiences. In particular, there are indications that the degree of aberrant salience processing increases with the severity of positive symptoms. The aim of the present study was to elucidate this relationship by means of brain imaging.

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Dec
1969

Several magnetic resonance imaging studies have reported reductions in hippocampal volume in patients with psychosis. It is unclear whether structural abnormalities predate illness onset. We conducted a detailed, systematic literature search for studies reporting hippocampal volume in subjects with clinical high-risk, compared to healthy controls.

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Dec
1969

Reduction in hippocampal volume is a hallmark of schizophrenia and already present in the clinical high-risk state. Nevertheless, other subcortical structures, such as the thalamus, amygdala and pallidum can differentiate schizophrenia patients from controls. We studied the role of hippocampal and subcortical structures in clinical high-risk individuals from two cohorts.

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Dec
1969

Impairment in working memory (WM) is a core symptom in schizophrenia. However, little is known about how clinical features influence functional brain activity specific to WM processing during the development of first-episode psychosis (FEP) to schizophrenia (SZ). We compared functional WM-specific brain activity in FEP and SZ patients, including the effects of the duration of illness, psychopathological factors and antipsychotic medication.

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Dec
1969

Schizophrenia is a severe, chronic, and strongly disabling neuropsychiatric disorder, characterized by cognitive decline, positive and negative symptoms. Positive symptoms respond well to antipsychotic medication and psycho-social interventions, in contrast to negative symptoms and neurocognitive impairments. Cognitive deficits have been linked to a poorer outcome and hence specific cognitive remediation therapies have been proposed.

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Feb
2016

In mature skeletal muscle, the intracellular Ca(2+) concentration rises dramatically upon membrane depolarization, constituting the link between excitation and contraction. This process requires Ca(2+) release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum via the type 1 ryanodine receptor (RYR1). However, RYR1's potential roles in muscle development remain obscure.

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Dec
1969

Previous diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) studies have shown microstructural changes in the brain white matter of at-risk mental state (ARMS) subjects for psychosis and patients with first-episode psychosis (FEP). However, only a few studies have been conducted in clinical high-risk samples and findings in both groups are inconsistent, in particular along the superior longitudinal fasciculus (SLF).
This DTI study used tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) to compare fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusivity (MD) between ARMS subjects, untreated and antipsychotic-treated FEP patients and healthy controls (HC) across the whole brain and the SLF.

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Dec
1969

Nuclear translocation of proteins has a crucial role in the pathogenesis of cancer, Alzheimer disease and viral infections. A complete understanding of nuclear trafficking mechanisms is therefore necessary in order to establish effective intervention strategies. Here we elucidate the role of Nesprin-2 in Ca(2+)/Calmodulin mediated nuclear transport.

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Dec
1969

The psychosis high-risk state is accompanied by alterations in functional brain activity during working memory processing. We used binary automatic pattern-classification to discriminate between the at-risk mental state (ARMS), first episode psychosis (FEP) and healthy controls (HCs) based on n-back WM-induced brain activity. Linear support vector machines and leave-one-out-cross-validation were applied to fMRI data of matched ARMS, FEP and HC (19 subjects/group).

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Dec
1969

Individuals with at-risk mental state for psychosis (ARMS) often suffer from depressive and anxiety symptoms, which are clinically similar to the negative symptomatology described for psychosis. Thus, many ARMS individuals are already being treated with antidepressant medication.
To investigate clinical and structural differences between psychosis high-risk individuals with or without antidepressants.

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Dec
1969

The possibility to generate cardiomyocytes (CMs) from disease-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) is a powerful tool for the investigation of various cardiac diseases in vitro. The pathological course of various cardiac conditions, causatively heterogeneous, often converges into disturbed cellular Ca(2+) cycling. The gigantic Ca(2+) channel of the intracellular Ca(2+) store of CMs, the ryanodine receptor type 2 (RyR2), controls Ca(2+) release and therefore plays a crucial role in Ca(2+) cycling of CMs.

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Aug
2015

Deficits in motivational salience processing have been related to psychotic symptoms and disturbances in dopaminergic neurotransmission. We aimed at exploring changes in salience processing and brain activity during different stages of psychosis and antipsychotic medication effect.
We used fMRI during the Salience Attribution Task to investigate hemodynamic differences between 19 healthy controls (HCs), 34 at-risk mental state (ARMS) individuals and 29 individuals with first-episode psychosis (FEP), including a subgroup of 17 FEP without antipsychotic medication (FEP-UM) and 12 FEP with antipsychotic medication (FEP-M).

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Jul
2014

Identifying gene-environment interactions in schizophrenia: contemporary challenges for integrated, large-scale investigations.

Schizophr Bull 2014 Jul 24;40(4):729-36. Epub 2014 May 24.
, Jim van Os, Bart P Rutten, Inez Myin-Germeys, Philippe Delespaul, Wolfgang Viechtbauer, Catherine van Zelst, Richard Bruggeman, Ulrich Reininghaus, Craig Morgan, Robin M Murray, Marta Di Forti, Philip McGuire, Lucia R Valmaggia, Matthew J Kempton, Charlotte Gayer-Anderson, Kathryn Hubbard, Stephanie Beards, Simona A Stilo, Adanna Onyejiaka, Francois Bourque, Gemma Modinos, Stefania Tognin, Maria Calem, Michael C O'Donovan, Michael J Owen, Peter Holmans, Nigel Williams, Nicholas Craddock, Alexander Richards, Isla Humphreys, Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, F Markus Leweke, Heike Tost, Ceren Akdeniz, Cathrin Rohleder, J Malte Bumb, Emanuel Schwarz, Köksal Alptekin, Alp Üçok, Meram Can Saka, E Cem Atbaşoğlu, Sinan Gülöksüz, Guvem Gumus-Akay, Burçin Cihan, Hasan Karadağ, Haldan Soygür, Eylem Şahin Cankurtaran, Semra Ulusoy, Berna Akdede, Tolga Binbay, Ahmet Ayer, Handan Noyan, Gülşah Karadayı, Elçin Akturan, Halis Ulaş, Celso Arango, Mara Parellada, Miguel Bernardo, Julio Sanjuán, Julio Bobes, Manuel Arrojo, Jose Luis Santos, Pedro Cuadrado, José Juan Rodríguez Solano, Angel Carracedo, Enrique García Bernardo, Laura Roldán, Gonzalo López, Bibiana Cabrera, Sabrina Cruz, Eva Ma Díaz Mesa, María Pouso, Estela Jiménez, Teresa Sánchez, Marta Rapado, Emiliano González, Covadonga Martínez, Emilio Sánchez, Ma Soledad Olmeda, Lieuwe de Haan, Eva Velthorst, Mark van der Gaag, Jean-Paul Selten, Daniella van Dam, Elsje van der Ven, Floor van der Meer, Elles Messchaert, Tamar Kraan, Nadine Burger, Marion Leboyer, Andrei Szoke, Franck Schürhoff, Pierre-Michel Llorca, Stéphane Jamain, Andrea Tortelli, Flora Frijda, Jeanne Vilain, Anne-Marie Galliot, Grégoire Baudin, Aziz Ferchiou, Jean-Romain Richard, Ewa Bulzacka, Thomas Charpeaud, Anne-Marie Tronche, Marc De Hert, Ruud van Winkel, Jeroen Decoster, Catherine Derom, Evert Thiery, Nikos C Stefanis, Gabriele Sachs, Harald Aschauer, Iris Lasser, Bernadette Winklbaur, Monika Schlögelhofer, Anita Riecher-Rössler, Stefan Borgwardt, Anna Walter, Fabienne Harrisberger, Renata Smieskova, Charlotte Rapp, Sarah Ittig, Fabienne Soguel-dit-Piquard, Erich Studerus, Joachim Klosterkötter, Stephan Ruhrmann, Julia Paruch, Dominika Julkowski, Desiree Hilboll, Pak C Sham, Stacey S Cherny, Eric Y H Chen, Desmond D Campbell, Miaoxin Li, Carlos María Romeo-Casabona, Aitziber Emaldi Cirión, Asier Urruela Mora, Peter Jones, James Kirkbride, Mary Cannon, Dan Rujescu, Ilaria Tarricone, Domenico Berardi, Elena Bonora, Marco Seri, Thomas Marcacci, Luigi Chiri, Federico Chierzi, Viviana Storbini, Mauro Braca, Maria Gabriella Minenna, Ivonne Donegani, Angelo Fioritti, Daniele La Barbera, Caterina Erika La Cascia, Alice Mulè, Lucia Sideli, Rachele Sartorio, Laura Ferraro, Giada Tripoli, Fabio Seminerio, Anna Maria Marinaro, Patrick McGorry, Barnaby Nelson, G Paul Amminger, Christos Pantelis, Paulo R Menezes, Cristina M Del-Ben, Silvia H Gallo Tenan, Rosana Shuhama, Mirella Ruggeri, Sarah Tosato, Antonio Lasalvia, Chiara Bonetto, Elisa Ira, Merete Nordentoft, Marie-Odile Krebs, Neus Barrantes-Vidal, Paula Cristóbal, Thomas R Kwapil, Elisa Brietzke, Rodrigo A Bressan, Ary Gadelha, Nadja P Maric, Sanja Andric, Marina Mihaljevic, Tijana Mirjanic
Recent years have seen considerable progress in epidemiological and molecular genetic research into environmental and genetic factors in schizophrenia, but methodological uncertainties remain with regard to validating environmental exposures, and the population risk conferred by individual molecular genetic variants is small. There are now also a limited number of studies that have investigated molecular genetic candidate gene-environment interactions (G × E), however, so far, thorough replication of findings is rare and G × E research still faces several conceptual and methodological challenges. In this article, we aim to review these recent developments and illustrate how integrated, large-scale investigations may overcome contemporary challenges in G × E research, drawing on the example of a large, international, multi-center study into the identification and translational application of G × E in schizophrenia.

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Apr
2015

Pituitary enlargement has been reported in individuals with schizophrenic psychosis or an at-risk mental state for psychosis (ARMS). In a previous study, our group could show pituitary volume increase in first episode and ARMS patients with later transition to psychosis (ARMS-T). However, there are no longitudinal studies on this issue so far.

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Nov
2013

As cannabis use is more frequent in patients with psychosis than in the general population and is known to be a risk factor for psychosis, the question arises whether cannabis contributes to recently detected brain volume reductions in schizophrenic psychoses. This study is the first to investigate how cannabis use is related to the cingulum volume, a brain region involved in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia, in a sample of both at-risk mental state (ARMS) and first episode psychosis (FEP) subjects. A cross-sectional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study of manually traced cingulum in 23 FEP and 37 ARMS subjects was performed.

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Dec
1969

We conducted a systematic review to assess the evidence for specific effects of cannabis on impulsivity, disinhibition and motor control. The review had a specific focus on neuroimaging findings associated with acute and chronic use of the drug and covers literature published up until May 2012. Seventeen studies were identified, of which 13 met the inclusion criteria; three studies investigated acute effects of cannabis (1 fMRI, 2 PET), while six studies investigated non-acute functional effects (4 fMRI, 2 PET), and four studies investigated structural alterations.

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Apr
2013

Studies examining the influence of duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) or duration of untreated illness (DUI) on cognition vary with regard to results and methods. This study is the first in this field to include an at risk mental state with later transition to psychosis (ARMS-T) sample and to analyse how the DUI relates to their cognitive functioning. Because methodological operationalization of cognitive functioning in previous studies is highly heterogeneous, we aimed to compare different approaches.

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Dec
2012

The hippocampal formation has been studied extensively in schizophrenic psychoses and alterations in hippocampal anatomy have been consistently reported. Chronic schizophrenia seems to be associated with bilateral hippocampal volume (HV) reduction, while in patients with an at-risk mental state (ARMS) there are contradictory results. This is the first region of interest (ROI) based follow-up MRI study of hippocampal volume comparing ARMS individuals with and without transition to psychosis.

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Feb
2008

A 61-year-old patient with a sudden numbness of the right arm and hand and signs of amnestic aphasia is admitted to the stroke unit with the diagnosis of an acute ischemic stroke for systemic thrombolysis. Based on a case-report, drug-related problems are discussed according to the SOAP scheme. Aspects of pharmaceutical care such as counselling by a pharmacist about secondary prevention, discharge information and a pharmaceutical care plan in the community pharmacy are described.

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Feb
2008

Experimental and clinical studies give evidence for breakdown of membrane phospholipids during neurodegeneration. In the present study, we measured the levels of glycerophosphocholine (GPCh), phosphocholine (PCh), and choline, that is, water-soluble metabolites of phosphatidylcholine (PtdCho), in human cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Among 30 cognitively normal patients the average CSF levels of GPCh, phosphocholine and choline were 3.

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