New theory suggests blood immune and clotting components could contribute to psychosis

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New theory suggests blood immune and clotting components could contribute to psychosis

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New theory suggests blood immune and clotting components could contribute to psychosis

7/16/21


https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases ... 071621.php


A scientific review has found evidence that a disruption in blood clotting and the first line immune system could be contributing factors in the development of psychosis.

The article, a joint collaborative effort by researchers at RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Cardiff University and the UCD Conway Institute, is published in Molecular Psychiatry.


Recent studies have identified blood proteins involved in the innate immune system and blood clotting networks as key players implicated in psychosis.

The researchers analysed these studies and developed a new theory that proposes the imbalance of both of these systems leads to inflammation, which in turn contributes to the development of psychosis.

The work proposes that alterations in immune defense mechanisms - including blood clotting - lead to an increased risk of inflammation, which is thought to contribute to the development of psychosis.

The new theory further refines the prevailing 'two-hit' hypothesis, where early genetic and/or environmental factors disrupt the developing central nervous system (the "first-hit") and increases the vulnerability of the individual to subsequent, late environmental disruptions (the "second-hit").

"Early identification and treatment significantly improves clinical outcomes of psychotic disorders. Our theory may provide a further step to biomarkers of psychosis and allow the identification of therapeutic targets for early and more effective treatment," said Dr Melanie Föcking, joint first author on the paper and Lecturer in Psychiatric Neuroscience at RCSI Department of Psychiatry.

"While the idea of psychosis resulting from some form of inflammation and immune activation is not new, our data suggest a new understanding and change of focus towards a combined function of the innate immune complement system and coagulation pathways to the progression to psychotic disorder," said Dr Meike Heurich, joint first author on the paper and lecturer at School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University.

"The works builds on our recent studies which increasingly implicate dysregulation of the complement and coagulation pathways both in and preceding psychotic disorder," said Professor David Cotter, senior author of the paper and Professor of Molecular Psychiatry at RCSI Department of Psychiatry.
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Re: New theory suggests blood immune and clotting components could contribute to psychosis

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Immune Proteins & Blood Clots May be Connected to Psychosis Development

7/19/21

https://www.labroots.com/trending/cardi ... evelopment


Researchers are pointing out the associations between blood clotting disruptions and the front line immune system, and the development of psychosis. Recent work has found that proteins that are related to the immune system and blood clotting may help predict when psychosis is developing in people. Based on that connection, scientists have proposed that imbalances in both the innate immune system and mechanisms of blood clotting can influence psychosis. A report in Molecular Psychiatry has suggested that changes in the defense mechanisms used by the immune system, which include blood clotting and inflammation, could help promote the development of the psychiatric disorder.

In the so-called 'two-hit' hypothesis, there are predisposing factors that can come from a person's genetic background or their early environment which are a first hit, increasing a person's vulnerability to subsequent physiological disruptions that stem from the environment, which act as a second hit.

"Early identification and treatment significantly improves clinical outcomes of psychotic disorders. Our theory may provide a further step to biomarkers of psychosis and allow the identification of therapeutic targets for early and more effective treatment," said co-first study author Dr. Melanie Föcking, a Lecturer in Psychiatric Neuroscience at RCSI Department of Psychiatry.

"While the idea of psychosis resulting from some form of inflammation and immune activation is not new, our data suggest a new understanding and change of focus towards a combined function of the innate immune complement system and coagulation pathways to the progression to psychotic disorder," noted co-first study author Dr. Meike Heurich, a lecturer at School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Cardiff University.

There connection between a physiological mechanism called the complement and coagulation cascade and psychosis is briefly outlined in the video. Previous research has shown that proteins involved in that cascade can be a useful biomarker for psychosis

Sources:
AAAS/Eurekalert! via RCSI, JAMA Psychiatry, Molecular Psychiatry
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