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OBJECTIVE Inadequate response to clozapine poses a substantial problem in the pharmaco-therapy of refractory schizophrenia. This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluated the efficacy and safety of aripiprazole augmentation in clozapine-treated patients with refractory schizophrenia. METHOD Patients with DSM-IV schizophrenia who had a(More)
Recent studies have suggested the involvement of Glycogen synthase kinase-3 beta (GSK-3 beta) in pathogenesis and treatment target of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, which led to consider GSK-3 beta as one of the candidate genes for those disorders. However, the association analysis between GSK-3 beta and either schizophrenia or bipolar disorder is yet(More)
A significant overlap between childhood mood disorders and many aspects of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been established. High rates of co-occurrence, familial aggregation, and more severe clinical manifestations of the illnesses when they are comorbid suggest that common genetic and environmental factors may contribute to the(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the effectiveness of amisulpride in acute (up to 8 weeks) and maintenance (week 8 to 12 months) phases of a 12-month course of treatment in a heterogeneous group of patients with schizophrenia. METHODS We conducted a 12-month, open-label clinical trial with flexible doses of amisulpride among 129 Korean patients with schizophrenia.(More)
BACKGROUND The dopamine transporter gene (DAT1) is an established genetic risk factor for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Therefore, we hypothesized that DAT1 may also influence the manifestation of ADHD-related traits in the normal population. METHODS A quantitative association study was carried out on 1289 healthy adults. ADHD-related(More)
Epidermal growth factor (EGF) is a well-known neurotrophic factor regulating the development of various neuronal cells, including dopaminergic neurons, and dysfunction of EGF signals has been demonstrated as a risk factor for schizophrenia. Recently, several researchers have investigated associations including age at onset (AAO) with EGF A61G functional(More)
The analysis of heart rate variability (HRV) has proven to be useful in evaluating the neuroautonomic dysfunctions associated with various clinical conditions. The purpose of this study was to investigate the linear and non-linear dynamic measures of HRV, and to evaluate their relationship with the psychotic symptom severity, in clozapine-treated(More)
The present study aimed to elucidate the effectiveness of clozapine treatment in reducing the disabling period of chronically ill schizophrenic patients by investigating their rehospitalization status. Of 232 schizophrenic patients with a history of clozapine use who were recruited from the clinic at Seoul National University Hospital, 117 were selected who(More)
The dual-specificity phosphatase 6 (DUSP6) gene resides at chromosome location 12q22-23, which is one of the candidate loci for susceptibility to bipolar disorder and which encodes a phosphatase selective for extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK). Previously, we reported a positive association between the functional Leu114Val polymorphism (rs2279574)(More)
OBJECTIVE We investigated possible association between depressive disorders and BDNF Val66Met and 5-HTTLPR. Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene and serotonin transporter (SLC6A4) gene are promising candidate genes for depressive disorders. It has been suggested that BDNF promotes the survival and differentiation of serotonergic neurons and that(More)