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The effect of body mass index on glucagon-like peptide receptor gene expression in the post mortem brain from individuals with mood and psychotic disorders

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  • Rodrigo B Mansur
  • Gabriel R Fries
  • Alisson P Trevizol
  • Mehala Subramaniapillai
  • Julie Lovshin
  • Kangguang Lin
  • Maj Vinberg
  • Roger C Ho
  • Elisa Brietzke
  • Roger S McIntyre
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There is an increasing interest in the putative role of glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor (GLP-1R) agonists as novel therapeutic agents for mental disorders. Herein, we investigated the expressions of GLP-1R and GLP-2R genes, and its relationship with body mass index (BMI), in the post-mortem brain tissue of patients with mood (MD) and psychotic disorders. Brain samples were localized to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) (n = 459) and hippocampus (n = 378). After adjustment for age, sex, ethnicity, post-mortem interval (PMI) and BMI, we observed significant differences, between healthy controls and MD subjects, in GLP-1R and GLP-2R gene expression in the dlPFC (β = 1.504, p = 0.004; and β = 1.305, p = 0.011, respectively); whereas in the hippocampus, only GLP-1R expression was significantly associated with MD (β = -1.28, p = 0.029). No significant differences were found in relation to schizophrenia. In addition, we observed a moderating effect of MD diagnosis on the associations between BMI, GLP-1R and GLP-2R expression values in the dlPFC (β = -0.05, p = 0.003; and β = -0.04, p = 0.004, respectively). There was a similar moderating effect for GLP-1R in the hippocampus (β = 0.043, 95% CI 0.003; 0.08 p = 0.03), but in an opposite direction than observed in the dlPFC. This is the first evidence of abnormal gene expression of GLP-1R and GLP-2R in postmortem brain of individuals with MD, providing a rationale for further inquiry and proof of principle interventional studies.

TidsskriftEuropean neuropsychopharmacology : the journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
StatusUdgivet - 5 nov. 2018

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