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)
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 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)
A large series of 202 childhood precursor-B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) patients was analyzed by Southern blotting (SB) for cross-lineage rearrangements and/or deletions in the T cell receptor TCRB, TCRG and TCRD loci. In 93% (187/201) of the precursor-B-ALL patients one or more genes were rearranged and/or deleted. TCRB gene rearrangements were(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)
Immune dysregulation plays a role in the vulnerability for mood disorders. Immune growth factors, such as Stem Cell Factor (SCF), Insulin-like Growth Factor-Binding Protein-2 (IGF-BP2), Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), IL-7 and sCD25 have repeatedly been reported altered in patients with mood disorders. The aim of this study was to investigate levels of these(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)