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Frontiers Media, Frontiers in Psychiatry, (11), 2020

DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.590095



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Proinflammatory Cytokines Predict Brain Metabolite Concentrations in the Anterior Cingulate Cortex of Patients With Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder (BD) is a severe psychiatric illness characterized by abnormalities in the immune/inflammatory function and in brain metabolism. Evidences suggest that inflammation may affect the levels of brain metabolites as measured by single-proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS). The aim of the study was to investigate whether a wide panel of inflammatory markers (i.e., cytokines, chemokines, and growth factors) can predict brain metabolite concentrations of glutamate, myo-inositol, N-acetylaspartate, and glutathione in a sample of 63 bipolar patients and 49 healthy controls. Three cytokines influenced brain metabolite concentrations: IL-9 positively predicts glutamate, IL-1β positively predicts Myo-inositol, and CCL5 positively predicts N-acetylaspartate concentrations. Furthermore, patients showed higher concentrations of glutamate, Myo-inositol, and glutathione and lower concentrations of N-acetylaspartate in respect to healthy controls. Our results confirm that inflammation in BD alters brain metabolism, through mechanisms possibly including the production of reactive oxygen species and glia activation.