Effects of antipsychotics on the serum BDNF levels in schizophrenia

Chien Chih Chen, Tiao Lai Huang*

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Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is active during a critical developmental period and likely influences the neuroplasticity of schizophrenia. This study longitudinally examined the effects of atypical antipsychotics on serum BDNF levels in schizophrenic patients. Specifically, this study measured serum BDNF levels in 53 patients with paranoid schizophrenia during a relapse and again 4. weeks following the administration of antipsychotic treatment (with risperidone in 32 cases, and clozapine in 21 cases). BDNF levels remained unchanged relative to study entry after 4. weeks of atypical antipsychotic treatment. However, serum BDNF was significantly increased in the subgroup receiving risperidone compared to that receiving clozapine, albeit only in the 15 male subjects and not in the 17 females. These results suggest that gender might significantly influence the antipsychotic treatment of schizophrenia from the perspective of BDNF. These findings may also indicate that the treatment with atypical antipsychotic agents differentially affects BDNF levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-330
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatry Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 30 10 2011


  • Atypical antipsychotics
  • Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)
  • Schizophrenia


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