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Type: Journal article
Title: ProBDNF/p75NTR/sortilin pathway is activated in peripheral blood of patients with alcohol dependence
Author: Zhou, L.
Xiong, J.
Ruan, C.S.
Ruan, Y.
Liu, D.
Bao, J.J.
Zhou, X.F.
Citation: Translational Psychiatry, 2018; 7(11):2-1-2-10
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 2158-3188
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Li Zhou, Jing Xiong, Chun-Sheng Ruan, Ye Ruan, Dennis Liu, Jian-Jun Bao and Xin-Fu Zhou
Abstract: Alcohol dependence is a worldwide problem with a great social and economic burden in many countries. A number of studies have suggested that BDNF (mature BDNF) and its precursor (proBDNF) play important roles in the alcohol dependence. However, what roles of the mBDNF/proBDNF pathways play during the pathological process of alcohol dependence are not clearly understood. In our clinical study, peripheral blood was sampled from 30 male patients with alcohol dependence and 50 healthy males (as control). The protein levels of proBDNF, p75NTR, sortilin, mBDNF, TrkB and mRNA levels of BDNF, p75NTR, sortilin, and TrkB were detected in the peripheral blood in our study. We found that the protein levels of proBDNF and p75NTR were increased, but not the sortilin protein level; while the TrkB protein level was decreased in the alcohol dependence patients compared with healthy controls. Moreover, the mRNA levels of p75NTR and sortilin from the lymphocytes were slightly increased; while BDNF and TrkB were significantly decreased. The ELISA results of mBDNF and TrkB were declined in the alcohol dependence group. The levels of mBDNF and TrkB were negatively correlated with the average amount of daily ethanol consumption, and the levels of proBDNF, p75NTR and sortilin were positively correlated with the average amount of ethanol consumption per day. The ratio of proBDNF to mBDNF was altered in alcohol dependence patients. The balance between the proBDNF/p75NTR and mBDNF/TrkB signalling pathways appeared dysregulated in alcohol dependence. Our results suggested that both pathways may participate in the complex processes of alcohol dependence.
Keywords: Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor
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DOI: 10.1038/s41398-017-0015-4
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