Cytokines in bipolar disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis

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BACKGROUND: Current research and hypothesis regarding the pathophysiology of bipolar disorder suggests the involvement of immune system dysfunction that is possibly related to disease activity. Our objective was to systematically review evidence of cytokine alterations in bipolar disorder according to affective state. METHODS: We conducted a systemtic review of studies measuring endogenous cytokine concentrations in patients with bipolar disorder and a meta-analysis, reporting results according to the PRISMA statement. RESULTS: Thirteen studies were included, comprising 556 bipolar disorder patients and 767 healthy controls, evaluating 15 different cytokines-, cytokine receptors- or cytokine antagonists. The levels of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), the soluble tumor necrosis factor receptor type 1 (sTNF-R1) and the soluble inlerleukin-2 receptor (sIL-2R) were elevated in manic patients compared with healthy control subjects (p
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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