Bianca Wollenhaupt de Aguiar

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An important goal of addiction research is to discover neurobiological markers that could predict the severity of addiction and help to determine appropriate treatment. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) are being related to cerebral plasticity and impairment caused by substance abuse. This study(More)
Bipolar disorder (BD) has been associated with abnormalities in neuroplasticity and previous studies suggest an important role for BDNF in the pathophysiology of BD. The confounding effect of the use of medication in these studies has been considered a limitation. Thus, studies with both drug-free and medicated patients are necessary to assess the role of(More)
Bipolar disorder (BD) has been increasingly associated with abnormalities in neuroplasticity. Previous studies demonstrated that neurotrophin-3 (NT-3) plays a role in the pathophysiology of mood disorders. The influence of medication in these studies has been considered a limitation. Thus, studies with drug-free vs. medicated patients are necessary to(More)
BACKGROUND A growing body of evidence has shown an association between diabetes and depression, as well a role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in diabetes and depression. The present study was designed to evaluate the behavioural and molecular effects of the anti-depressant imipramine in diabetic rats. METHODS To this aim, after induction of(More)
Emergence of depressive symptoms in schizophrenia results in a deteriorating course and poor prognosis. Schizophrenia and depressive disorder are both associated with low levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and with a longstanding low grade inflammatory state. The objective of this study is to analyze the relationship between these serum(More)
OBJECTIVE In the present study, we aimed to examine the effects of repeated D-amphetamine (AMPH) exposure, a well-accepted animal model of acute mania in bipolar disorder (BD), and histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors on locomotor behavior and HDAC activity in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of rats. Moreover, we(More)
Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is characterized by a strong and persistent cross-gender identification that affects different aspects of behavior. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) plays a critical role in neurodevelopment and neuroplasticity. Altered BDNF-signaling is thought to contribute to the pathogenesis of psychiatric disordersand is related(More)
OBJECTIVE The impact of childhood trauma (CT) on brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and cytokines levels remains unclear. We investigated the association between CT and changes in BDNF and cytokines plasma levels in children. METHOD We recruited 36 children with trauma (CT+) and 26 children without trauma (CT-). The presence of CT was based on a(More)