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Inflammation-Associated Depression: Evidence, Mechanisms and Implications

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    Chapter 2 Evidence for Inflammation-Associated Depression
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    Chapter 5 Suicidality and Activation of the Kynurenine Pathway of Tryptophan Metabolism.
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    Chapter 6 Role of the Kynurenine Metabolism Pathway in Inflammation-Induced Depression: Preclinical Approaches.
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    Chapter 7 Depression in Autoimmune Diseases.
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    Chapter 12 Role of Kynurenine Metabolism Pathway Activation in Major Depressive Disorders.
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    Chapter 13 The Role of Dopamine in Inflammation-Associated Depression: Mechanisms and Therapeutic Implications
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    Chapter 14 Role of Inflammation in the Development of Neuropsychiatric Symptom Domains: Evidence and Mechanisms.
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    Chapter 19 Are Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Clinically Suitable for the Treatment of Symptoms in Depression-Associated Inflammation?
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    Chapter 23 Mechanisms of Inflammation-Associated Depression: Immune Influences on Tryptophan and Phenylalanine Metabolisms.
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    Chapter 25 Stress-Induced Microglia Activation and Monocyte Trafficking to the Brain Underlie the Development of Anxiety and Depression.
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    Chapter 26 The Promise and Limitations of Anti-Inflammatory Agents for the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder
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    Chapter 28 Inflammation-Associated Co-morbidity Between Depression and Cardiovascular Disease
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    Chapter 30 Brain Structures Implicated in Inflammation-Associated Depression
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    Chapter 31 Does Diet Matter? The Use of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs) and Other Dietary Supplements in Inflammation-Associated Depression.
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    Chapter 37 Immune-to-Brain Communication Pathways in Inflammation-Associated Sickness and Depression
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    Chapter 40 Inflammation Effects on Brain Glutamate in Depression: Mechanistic Considerations and Treatment Implications.
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    Chapter 43 Role of Neuro-Immunological Factors in the Pathophysiology of Mood Disorders: Implications for Novel Therapeutics for Treatment Resistant Depression.
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Chapter title
Suicidality and Activation of the Kynurenine Pathway of Tryptophan Metabolism.
Chapter number 5
Book title
Inflammation-Associated Depression: Evidence, Mechanisms and Implications
Published in
Current topics in behavioral neurosciences, May 2016
DOI 10.1007/7854_2016_5
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Book ISBNs
978-3-31-951151-1, 978-3-31-951152-8

Elena Y. Bryleva, Lena Brundin


Robert Dantzer, Lucile Capuron


A recent report by the World Health Organization declared suicide to be a major global problem. With more than 800,000 lives lost each year, suicide is calculated to be the 14th leading cause of death around the world. While the biological mechanisms causing suicidal ideation and behavior are not fully understood, increased levels of inflammation, arising from various sources, have been detected in the central nervous system and the peripheral blood of suicidal patients and suicide completers. Inflammation induces the kynurenine pathway of tryptophan metabolism, which generates a range of metabolites with potent effects on neurotransmitter systems as well as on inflammation. Recent evidence indicates that a dysregulation of the enzymes in the kynurenine pathway may be present in suicidal patients, with a resulting imbalance of metabolites that modulate glutamate neurotransmission and neuroinflammation. As the body of research in these areas grows, targeting the kynurenine pathway enzymes and metabolites may provide novel therapeutic opportunities for detection, treatment, and ultimately prevention of suicidal behavior.

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Unknown 29 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 8 28%
Researcher 4 14%
Student > Bachelor 4 14%
Other 3 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 10%
Other 3 10%
Unknown 4 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Neuroscience 3 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 10%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 10%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 2 7%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 3%
Other 7 24%
Unknown 10 34%