Psychoimmune investigation in obsessive-compulsive disorder: Assays of plasma transferrin, il-2 and il-6 receptor, and il-1βand il-6 concentrations

Michael Maes*, Herbert Y. Meltzer, Eugène Bosmans

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Abstract

This study was carried out to investigate the immune function in obsessive- compulsive disorder (OCD). Plasma levels of interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, soluble IL-6 receptor(sIL-6R), sIL-2R, and transferrin receptor (TfR), and baseline plasma cortisol levels were measured in 19 OCD patients and 19 normal controls. No significant differences in any of the above immune variables were found between subjects with OCD and normal controls. There was asignificant positive correlation between IL-6 or sIL-6R concentrations and severity of compulsive – but not obsessive – symptoms. In subjects with OCD, there was a significant negativerelationship between sIL-2R concentrations and plasma cortisol values. In subjects with OCD andin the study group as a whole, there were significant positive relationships between sIL-2R and TfR concentrations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-60
Number of pages4
JournalNeuropsychobiology
Volume30
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994

Keywords

  • Cytokines
  • Interleukins
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Psychoimmunology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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