Serum levels of BDNF are associated with craving in opiate-dependent patients

Heberlein, Annemarie and Dürsteler-MacFarland, Kenneth M. and Lenz, Bernd and Frieling, Helge and Grösch, Michael and Bönsch, Dominikus and Kornhuber, Johannes and Wiesbeck, Gerhard A. and Bleich, Stefan and Hillemacher, Thomas. (2011) Serum levels of BDNF are associated with craving in opiate-dependent patients. Journal of psychopharmacology, Vol. 25, H. 11. pp. 1480-1484.

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Preclinical study results suggest that brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) are involved in the modulation of addictive behaviour. We investigated alterations in serum levels of BDNF and GDNF in opiate-dependent patients (28 males) who received diacetylmorphine treatment within a structured opiate maintenance programme. BDNF (T = 2.735, p = 0.009) serum levels were significantly increased in the opiate-dependent patients as compared with healthy controls (21 males), whereas GDNF serum levels (T = 1.425, p = 0.162) did not differ significantly from GDNF serum levels of the healthy controls. BDNF serum levels were significantly associated with craving for heroin (measured by the Heroin Craving Questionnaire (r = 0.420, p = 0.029) and by the General Craving Scale (r = 0.457, p = 0.016), whereas GDNF serum levels were not associated with psychometric dimensions of heroin craving. In conclusion, our results show a positive association between BDNF serum levels and opiate craving in opiate-dependent patients.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Psychiatrie (Klinik) > Erwachsenenpsychiatrie UPK > Erwachsenenpsychiatrie (Lang)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Psychiatrie (Klinik) > Erwachsenenpsychiatrie UPK > Erwachsenenpsychiatrie (Lang)
UniBasel Contributors:Wiesbeck, Gerhard A.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Oxford Univ. Press
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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