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Dysregulation of amino acids and lipids metabolism in schizophrenia with violence

  • Chen, Xiacan1
  • Xu, Jiajun1
  • Tang, Jing2
  • Dai, Xinhua3
  • Huang, Haolan3
  • Cao, Ruochen3
  • Hu, Junmei3
  • 1 Sichuan University, Chengdu, China , Chengdu (China)
  • 2 Chengdu Compulsory Medical Center, Chengdu, China , Chengdu (China)
  • 3 Sichuan University, Chengdu, 610041, China , Chengdu (China)
Published Article
BMC Psychiatry
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Mar 04, 2020
DOI: 10.1186/s12888-020-02499-y
Springer Nature


BackgroundMany studies have related biochemical characteristics to violence and have reported schizophrenia could elevated the risk of violent behaviour. However, the metabolic characteristics of schizophrenia patients with violence (V.SC) are unclear.MethodsTo explore the metabolic characteristics of schizophrenia with violence and to identify potential biomarkers, untargeted metabolomics was performed by using gas chromatography time-of-flight mass spectrometry to analyse the plasma metabolites of fifty-three V.SC and twenty-four schizophrenia patients without violence (NV.SC). Multivariate and univariate analyses were performed to identify differential metabolites and biomarkers. Violence was assessed by the MacArthur Violence Assessment Study method. Psychiatric symptoms were assessed by the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale.ResultsMultivariate analysis was unable to distinguish V.SC from NV.SC. Glycerolipid metabolism and phenylalanine, tyrosine and tryptophan biosynthesis were the differential metabolic pathways between V.SC and NV.SC. We confirmed ten metabolites and five metabolites as metabolic biomarkers of V.SC by random forest and support vector machine analysis, respectively. The biomarker panel, including the ratio of L-asparagine to L-aspartic acid, vanillylmandelic acid and glutaric acid, yielded an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of 0.808.ConclusionsThis study gives a holistic view of the metabolic phenotype of schizophrenia with violence which is characterized by the dysregulation of lipids and amino acids. These results might provide information for the aetiological understanding and management of violence in schizophrenia; however, this is a preliminary metabolomics study about schizophrenia with violence, which needs to be repeated in future studies.

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