Potential Biomarkers Selection for Bipolar Disorder Identification

Yuanzhang Li, Robert Yolken, David N. Cowan, Michael R. Boivin, David W. Niebuhr


A biomarker is a measurable indicator of the severity or presence of some disease. A biomarker is anything that can be used as an indicator of a particular disease state or some other physiological state of an organism. The space Decomposition-Gradient-Regression (DGR) method has been developed (Li et al., 2012; Li et al., 2015) to select biomarkers for schizophrenia. This study performs the DGR approach on data for bipolar disorder patients, which contains 56 biomarkers and 8 infectious agent’s antibodies. Serum specimens were collected from 132 United States military service members (118 males and 14 females) with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder from 1992 to 2005 and their matched healthy controls.. Trefoil Factor3 (TFF3), Gliadin, prolactin (PRL), Apolipoprotein A-II (Apo A-II) and Immunoglobulin A (IGA) were found to be significant predictors of Bipolar Disorder (BD) in males. Macrophage-Derived Chemokine (MDC), Alpha-1-Antitrypsin (AAT), Gliadin, Beta-2-Microglobulin (B2M) and Monocyte Chemotactic Protein 2 (MCP-2) might be used to identify bipolar disorder in females. A predictive biomarker panel for BD offers the potential to aid in the diagnosis, initiate treatment earlier and ideally alter the course of disease with reduced morbidity and functional impairment.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22158/rhs.v2n3p262


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