Metabolic phenotyping reveals a potential link between elevated faecal amino acids, diet and symptom severity in individuals with severe mental illness

Jack Jansma, Rogier van Essen, Bartholomeus C.M. Haarman, Anastasia Chrysovalantou Chatziioannou, Jenny Borkent, Magdalini Ioannou, Saskia van Hemert, Iris E.C. Sommer*, Sahar El Aidy*

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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The brain-gut axis is increasingly recognized as an important contributing factor in the onset and progression of severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia spectrum disorders and bipolar disorder. This study investigates associations between levels of faecal metabolites identified using 1H-NMR, clinical parameters, and dietary components of forty-two individuals diagnosed in a transdiagnostic approach to have severe mental illness. Faecal levels of the amino acids; alanine, leucine, and valine showed a significant positive correlation with psychiatric symptom severity as well as with dairy intake. Overall, this study proposes a diet-induced link between the brain-gut axis and the severity of psychiatric symptoms, which could be valuable in the design of novel dietary or therapeutic interventions to improve psychiatric symptoms.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)507-515
Aantal pagina's9
TijdschriftJournal of Psychiatric Research
StatusPublished - jul.-2022

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