Kynurenic acid and psychotic symptoms and personality traits in twins with psychiatric morbidity.

Kegel ME, Johansson V, Wetterberg L, Bhat M, Schwieler L, Cannon TD, Schuppe-Koistinen I, Engberg G, Landén M, Hultman CM, Erhardt S

Psychiatry Res 247 (-) 105-112 [2017-01-00; online 2016-11-16]

Increased cytokines and kynurenic acid (KYNA) levels in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) have been reported in patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The aim of the present study was to investigate cytokines and kynurenines in the CSF of twin pairs discordant for schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and to study these CSF markers in relation to psychotic symptoms and personality traits. CSF levels of tryptophan (TRP), KYNA, quinolinic acid (QUIN), interleukin (IL)-6, IL-8 and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) were analyzed in 23 twins with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and in their not affected co-twins. Ratings of psychotic symptoms and personality traits were made using the Scales for Assessment of Negative and Positive symptoms, the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV - Axis II Disorders, and the Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire - Brief. A total score for psychotic symptoms and personality traits was constructed for analysis. CSF KYNA was associated with the score for psychotic symptom and personality traits. TNF-α and IL-8 were associated, and the intra-pair differences scores of TNF-α and IL-8 were highly correlated. Intraclass correlations indicated genetic influences on CSF KYNA, TRP, IL-8 and TNF-α. The association between KYNA and psychotic symptoms further supports a role of KYNA in psychotic disorders.

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PubMed 27886578

DOI 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.11.017

Crossref 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.11.017

pii: S0165-1781(16)31047-2

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