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Peripheral Oxidative Stress Markers in Patients with Bipolar Disorder during Euthymia and in Siblings

[ Vol. 20 , Issue. 1 ]

Author(s):

Amparo Tatay-Manteiga, Vicent Balanzá-Martínez, Giovana Bristot, Rafael Tabarés-Seisdedos, Flavio Kapczinski and Omar Cauli*   Pages 77 - 86 ( 10 )

Abstract:


Aims: Oxidative stress is increased during the acute phases of bipolar disorder (BD). Our aim here was to analyze oxidative stress biomarkers in patients with BD during euthymia and their siblings.

Method: A cross-sectional study was performed in euthymic patients with BD-I (n=48), unaffected siblings (n=23) and genetically unrelated healthy controls (n=21). Protein carbonyl content (PCC), total antioxidant capacity (TRAP), lipid peroxidation (TBARS) and uric acid were measured as biomarkers of oxidative stress in blood.

Results: The antioxidant capacity (TRAP) was lower (p<0.001) in patients with BD compared to their siblings and controls, whereas no differences were observed in PCC, TBARS or uric acid. In patients, the concentrations of TRAP and TBARS were positively associated with the dose of valproic acid (p<0.05 and p<0.001, respectively). The concentrations of these biomarkers were not significantly associated with any of socio-demographic and clinical variables.

Conclusion: A selective reduction in antioxidant capacity is present in BD during euthymia state, whereas other markers of oxidative stress are unaltered during euthymia. Siblings did not show any alterations in oxidative stress biomarkers. Oxidative stress might represent a state-dependent marker in BD. The association between treatment with valproic acid and oxidative stress markers in euthymia deserves further studies.

Keywords:

Bipolar disorder, oxidative stress, euthymia, anti-oxidants, biomarker, valproic acid, benzodiazepines.

Affiliation:

Service of Psychiatry, University General Hospital, Valencia, Teaching Unit of Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Valencia, CIBERSAM, Valencia, Laboratório de Psiquiatria Molecular, Centro de Pesquisa Experimental, Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre (HCPA), Porto Alegre, RS, Teaching Unit of Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Valencia, CIBERSAM, Valencia, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Department of Nursing, University of Valencia, Valencia

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