Annemarie J. M. Wijkhuijs

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Increased inflammatory activation might only be present in a subgroup of depressed individuals in which immune processes are especially relevant to disease development. We aimed to analyze demographic, depression, and trauma characteristics of major depressive disorder (MDD) patients with regard to inflammatory monocyte gene expression. Fifty-six(More)
INTRODUCTION Immune activation is a characteristic of schizophrenia (SCZ), bipolar disorder (BD) and unipolar major depressive disorder (MDD). The triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 1 (TREM-1), its' adaptor molecule DAP12 and their transcription factor (TF) PU.1 are important key genes in inflammation and expressed in activated monocytes and(More)
BACKGROUND Postpartum psychosis (PP) is thought to belong to the bipolar spectrum. Recently we described an immune activation signature in monocytes of patients with PP using gene expression profiling. Immune activation genes are regulated by microRNAs (miRNAs). We therefore profiled miRNA expression in monocytes of PP patients to identify differentially(More)
CONTEXT A monocyte pro-inflammatory state has previously been reported in bipolar disorder (BD). OBJECTIVE To determine the contribution of genetic and environmental influences on the association between monocyte pro-inflammatory state and BD. DESIGN A quantitative polymerase chain reaction case-control study of monocytes in bipolar twins. Determination(More)
BACKGROUND Bipolar Disorder (BD) is associated with elevated biomarkers of cell-mediated immune activation and inflammation and with signs of widespread disruption of white matter (WM) integrity in adult life. Consistent findings in animal models link WM damage in inflammatory diseases of the brain and serum levels of cytokines. METHODS With an(More)
Oxidative stress in the lung is important in the pathogenesis of COPD. Published data indicate that glucocorticoids inhibit blood cells in their capacity to produce reactive oxygen species (ROS). We investigated the effect of Fluticasone propionate (FP) on the ROS production capabilities of pulmonary cells. Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) was performed in(More)
INTRODUCTION Bipolar Disorder (BD) is a severe psychiatric condition characterized by grey matter (GM) volumes reduction. Neurotrophic factors have been suggested to play a role in the neuroprogressive changes during the illness course. In particular peripheral brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has been proposed as a potential biomarker related to(More)
Abnormalities of T cell-mediated immune activation, in the absence of active somatic immune diseases, have consistently been reported in mood disorders. Apart from being important players in the regulation of cells of the immune system, T cells are essential for normal brain development. We here report studies on the relationship between circulating levels(More)
BACKGROUND In a previous study, we found an up-regulated inflammatory monocyte gene expression profile in major depressive disorder (MDD) patients aged ⩾ 28 years and a down-regulated inflammatory gene expression profile in MDD patients aged<28 years. In the same sample of patients, we aimed to investigate immune dysregulation in the lymphocyte arm of the(More)
Growth factors involved in neurogenesis and neuroplasticity could play a role in biological processes that drive depression recovery. Combined total sleep deprivation and morning light therapy (TSD + LT) can acutely reverse depressive symptoms, thus allowing to investigate the neurobiological correlates of antidepressant response. We tested if changes on(More)
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