B Scharnholz

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INTRODUCTION Depression, stress and antidepressant treatment have been found to modulate the expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Recent research suggests that serum BDNF concentration is reduced in depression and that antidepressant treatment leads to an increase in serum BDNF concentration. METHODS We studied depressed patients(More)
Patients with psychotic disorders often suffer from intercurrent major depressive episodes (MDE). Case reports suggested successful antidepressive treatment with duloxetine, a selective dual reuptake inhibitor of serotonin and norepinephrine. We initiated this open prospective clinical trial to evaluate efficacy, safety and tolerability of this approach.(More)
INTRODUCTION While there is extensive literature on HPA system activity in acutely depressed patients, there is only limited information about the presence of hypercortisolemia during the interepisode interval of affective disorders. We hypothesized an increase in HPA system activity in depressed patients compared to controls, and proposed that night-time(More)
Early life stress (ELS) is associated with increased vulnerability for diseases in later life, including psychiatric disorders. Animal models and human studies suggest that this effect is mediated by epigenetic mechanisms. In humans, epigenetic studies to investigate the influence of ELS on psychiatric phenotypes are limited by the inaccessibility of living(More)
INTRODUCTION Depression, stress and antidepressant treatment have been found to modulate the expression of growth factors. METHODS We studied depressed patients receiving randomized treatment with venlafaxine or mirtazapine for 28 days. RESULTS There was no significant difference between baseline VEGF concentrations in depressed patients compared to(More)
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