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PITCHOT, William ULg; ANSSEAU, Marc ULg

in American Journal of Psychiatry (The) (2001)

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See detailP300 event-related brain potential and personality in depression.
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pitchot, William ULg; Pinto, Emmanuel ULg et al

in European Psychiatry (2000), 15(6), 370-7

P300 is an event-related brain potential (ERP) particularly interesting to the study of cognitive processes in normal subjects and in psychopathology. P300 has been applied in depression with ... [more ▼]

P300 is an event-related brain potential (ERP) particularly interesting to the study of cognitive processes in normal subjects and in psychopathology. P300 has been applied in depression with controversial results. A major source for these controversial results could result from the diversity of depressed patients included in the different studies. Supporting this assumption, impulsivity, blunted affect, suicidal behavior and psychotic features significantly influence P300 amplitude. However, no data are available on the possible influences of the personality of depressed patients on P300. Since personality is related to P300 in normal subjects, the aim of the present study is to investigate the relationship between ERPs (P200, N200, and P300) and the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) in 54 depressed patients. The main results of the study concern the absence of major correlations between personality dimensions as assessed by the TCI and ERP parameters among depressed patients. Only weak partial positive correlations relate N200 latency with harm avoidance, and P300 amplitude (Pz) with the self-directedness dimension. N200 amplitude is also negatively correlated to persistence. However, the preliminary nature of the presented results with respect to the weak statistical significance should be underlined. [less ▲]

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See detailSerotonergic-1a activity and contingent negative variation.
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pitchot, William ULg; Pinto, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Biological Psychology (2000), 52(3), 259-65

While cholinergic, dopaminergic, noradrenergic, and gabaergic effects on contingent negative variation (CNV) have been largely described, little is known about serotonergic influence. Therefore, the ... [more ▼]

While cholinergic, dopaminergic, noradrenergic, and gabaergic effects on contingent negative variation (CNV) have been largely described, little is known about serotonergic influence. Therefore, the relationship between CNV and serotonergic activity as reflected by prolactin (PRL) response to flesinoxan, a 5-HT(1A) full agonist, has been investigated in 28 healthy volunteers. To investigate the clinical implications of the relationship between CNV and serotonergic-1a activity, a group of 43 depressed patients was included in the study. Results among healthy volunteers showed a significant negative relationship between PRL response to flesinoxan and CNV amplitude at Fz, but no relationship for the other electrodes (Cz and Pz). In depressed patients, the relationships were not significant. Overall, this study does not support serotonergic effects on CNV. However, this information is indirect (correlations) and is limited to 5-HT(1A) activity. [less ▲]

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See detailDépression et suicide : Aspects biologiques
ANSSEAU, Marc ULg; PITCHOT, William ULg

in Neuro-psy (1998)

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See detailThe tridimensional personality questionnaire (TPQ) and depression.
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pitchot, William ULg; Gonzalez Moreno, A. et al

in European Psychiatry (1998), 13(2), 101-3

The relationships between the Tridimensional Personality Questionnaire (TPQ) and depression were examined in a sample of 53 major depressive patients and 33 healthy controls. Depressed patients exhibit ... [more ▼]

The relationships between the Tridimensional Personality Questionnaire (TPQ) and depression were examined in a sample of 53 major depressive patients and 33 healthy controls. Depressed patients exhibit higher harm avoidance scores as well as lower novelty seeking sub-scale exploratory excitability (NS1) scores as compared to healthy controls. However, the other dimensions and their sub-scales do not differ between depressive patients and controls. In the depressive group, the harm avoidance dimension is related to the severity of depression as assessed by the Hamilton scale. This study confirms the state dependence of the harm avoidance dimension and suggests a relationship between the novelty seeking sub-scale NS1 and depression. [less ▲]

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See detailHarm avoidance dimension of the Tridimensional Personality Questionnaire and serotonin-1A activity in depressed patients.
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pitchot, William ULg; Moreno, A. G. et al

in Biological Psychiatry (1997), 42(10), 959-61

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See detailSuicidal behavior in depressive disorder: an event-related potential study.
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pitchot, William ULg; Gonzalez Moreno, A. et al

in Biological Psychiatry (1996), 40(2), 116-22

P300 and contingent negative variation (CNV) were recorded in depressive inpatients with and without history of suicide attempt. The results showed a significant reduction of P200, P300, and CNV and a ... [more ▼]

P300 and contingent negative variation (CNV) were recorded in depressive inpatients with and without history of suicide attempt. The results showed a significant reduction of P200, P300, and CNV and a significant increase of postimperative negative variation (PINV) in patients who had attempted suicide compared to patients with a negative history. Moreover, P300 amplitude was negatively related with the Suicidal Risk and the Hopelessness but not with the Hamilton scales. These results stress the need to differentiate clinical subgroups of patients to assess the psychophysiology of depression, and indicate that patients who attempted suicide exhibit lower cortical resources and poorer cortical performance than patients without history of suicide attempt. [less ▲]

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See detailGrowth hormone response to apomorphine in obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Pitchot, William ULg; Hansenne, Michel ULg; Moreno, A. G. et al

in Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience [=JPN] (1996), 21(5), 343-5

Several lines of evidence suggest that dopamine plays a role in the pathophysiology of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Indeed, some trials have shown the efficacy of neuroleptic addition in the ... [more ▼]

Several lines of evidence suggest that dopamine plays a role in the pathophysiology of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Indeed, some trials have shown the efficacy of neuroleptic addition in the treatment of OCD patients. In this study, we assessed the growth hormone (GH) response to 0.5 mg apomorphine(sc) in 8 drug-free inpatients (6 male, 2 female; mean age +/- SD = 34.7 +/- 12.6) meeting DSM-III-R criteria for OCD without major depression and compared their responses with those of 8 healthy male volunteers (mean age = 27.1 +/- 8.5). The groups did not differ in their mean GH peak response: 12.4 +/- 9.7 ng/mL in OCD patients versus 21.1 +/- 14.2 ng/mL in normal controls (F = 0.9, df1, 14, P = 0.37). These results do not support the hypothesis of dopaminergic overactivity in OCD. In fact, the completely blunted GH response to apomorphine in 2 OCD patients suggests the biological heterogeneity of OCD. Some dopaminergic disturbances could be observed in patients with comorbid diagnoses or patients unresponsive to serotonin reuptake inhibitors, but the results of this study require confirmation from a larger sample with a precise assessment of comorbidity. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Dépression majeure chez un patient diabétique
Pitchot, William ULg; Ansseau, Marc ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1995), 50(11), 451-2

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See detailBases biologiques du comportement suicidaire: approche neuroendocrinienne et psychophysiologique du role des catecholamines.
Pitchot, William ULg; Hansenne, Michel ULg; Gonzalez Moreno, Antonio et al

in Acta Psychiatrica Belgica (1995), 95(4-5), 210-33

The current main neurochemical theories of the biological correlates of suicidal behavior principally involve the serotonergic system. Few data are available about the possible role of the ... [more ▼]

The current main neurochemical theories of the biological correlates of suicidal behavior principally involve the serotonergic system. Few data are available about the possible role of the catecholaminergic (noradrenergic and dopaminergic) function. In the present study, in a first part, we assessed the growth hormone (GH) response to clonidine, a selective alpha 2-adrenergic agonist, and to apomorphine, a dopaminergic agonist, in 22 DSM-III-R major depressive male inpatients with a history of suicide attempts compared to 22 age-matched major depressive inpatients without history of suicidal behavior. Hormonal responses to clonidine and apomorphine were also compared with 4.00 PM postdexamethasone cortisol levels. The two groups differed significantly in the GH peak response after apomorphine: 6.27 +/- 3.18 ng/ml in suicide attempters vs 17.40 +/- 14.87 ng/ml in nonattempters (F = 11.78, p = 0.001). There was no statistically significant difference between the two groups for GH peak responses after clonidine. Moreover, mean postdexamethasone cortisol levels did not exhibit any significant difference between suicide attempters and nonattempters. Violent and nonviolent attempters did not differ on any of the biological measures. In a second part, P300 and contingent negative variation (CNV) were recorded in 20 depressive inpatients subgrouped into suicide attempters (n = 10) and nonattempters (n = 10). The results showed a significant reduction of both P300 and CNV amplitudes in patients who attempted suicide compared to patients without history of suicide attempts. Moreover, a significant correlation was found between the Suicidal Risk scale and CNV amplitude. In conclusion, these results suggest that a dopaminergic hypoactivity as assessed by a blunted GH response to apomorphine and by a reduction of both P300 and CNV amplitudes, could be considered as a biological correlate of suicidal behavior. In contrast, noradrenergic disturbances, particularly at the level of alpha 2-adrenergic receptors, seem to play a more minor role. Moreover, DST nonsuppression cannot be considered as a biological marker of suicidal behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailCatecholaminergic function and P300 amplitude in major depressive disorder (P300 and catecholamines).
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pitchot, William ULg; Gonzalez Moreno, Antonio et al

in Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology (1995), 96(2), 194-6

The neurobiology of P300 is still a subject of controversy. P300 amplitude appears to be modulated by multiple neurotransmitter systems, especially dopaminergic, noradrenergic as well as cholinergic and ... [more ▼]

The neurobiology of P300 is still a subject of controversy. P300 amplitude appears to be modulated by multiple neurotransmitter systems, especially dopaminergic, noradrenergic as well as cholinergic and GABAergic. In this study, we investigated the relationship between P300 amplitude and catecholaminergic neurotransmission as assessed by the growth hormone (GH) response to clonidine and apomorphine challenges in 20 major depressive patients. Results showed a correlation of P300 amplitude with the apomorphine test (r = 0.54; P = 0.01), but not with the clonidine test (r = 0.22; NS). This study supports a role for dopamine in the neurobiological modulation of P300 amplitude. [less ▲]

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See detailThe flesinoxan 5-HT1A receptor challenge in major depression and suicidal behavior.
Pitchot, William ULg; Ansseau, Marc ULg; Gonzalez Moreno, A. et al

in Pharmacopsychiatry (1995), 28 Suppl 2

The prevailing neurochemical theory about biological correlates of suicidal behavior focuses on the serotonergic system. In this study, we assessed the cortisol, ACTH, GH, prolactin and temperature ... [more ▼]

The prevailing neurochemical theory about biological correlates of suicidal behavior focuses on the serotonergic system. In this study, we assessed the cortisol, ACTH, GH, prolactin and temperature responses to flesinoxan, a5-HT1A agonist, in 30 DSM-III-R major depressed inpatients subgrouped into suicide attempters (n = 15) and nonattempters (n = 15). The patients were assessed after a drug-free period of at least 3 weeks. A subsample of 16 patients completed the Buss-Durkee Hostility Inventory as a measure of impulsive aggressive behavior. Mean delta cortisol responses to flesinoxan were significantly lower in the group of depressed patients with a history of suicide attempts than in the group without history of suicidal behavior: for the delta cortisol values 14.5 +/- 16.3 micrograms/l vs 101 +/- 94 micrograms/l (F = 8.9, df = 5.25, p = 0.006). There was also a very significant difference between suicide attempters and nonattempters for the temperature (delta T degrees) responses to flesinoxan: 0.20 +/- 0.24 degrees C vs. 0.60 +/- 0.24 degrees C (F = 18.1, df = 5.25, p = 0.0003). Hormonal and temperature responses to flesinoxan were not correlated with BDHI irritability or assault subscale scores. The results of the present study support the implication of the serotonergic system, particularly 5-HT1A receptors, in the control of self-directed aggressive behavior. Moreover, in depressed patients, serotonergic abnormalities do not appear to be related to aggressive behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailP300 in posttraumatic stress disorder.
Charles, G.; Hansenne, Michel ULg; Ansseau, Marc ULg et al

in Neuropsychobiology (1995), 32(2), 72-4

In the present study, P300 has been recorded in 26 subjects (15 women) 1 month after an aggression without organic complications. Among our sample, 16 subjects fulfilled DSM-III-R criteria for ... [more ▼]

In the present study, P300 has been recorded in 26 subjects (15 women) 1 month after an aggression without organic complications. Among our sample, 16 subjects fulfilled DSM-III-R criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and 10 did not. P300 amplitude was significantly lower in the 16 PTSD subjects as compared to the 10 subjects without PTSD. This study supports information processing disturbances in PTSD. [less ▲]

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See detailGrowth hormone response to clonidine in nondepressed patients with a history of suicide attempts.
Pitchot, William ULg; Hansenne, Michel ULg; Moreno, A. G. et al

in Biological Psychiatry (1995), 38(3), 201-3

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See detailResponses to mCPP stimulation in depressed patients.
Pitchot, William ULg; Ansseau, Marc ULg; Gonzalez Moreno, A. et al

in American Journal of Psychiatry (The) (1995), 152(12), 18341834-5

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See detailEffect of previous antidepressant therapy on the growth hormone response to apomorphine.
Pitchot, William ULg; Hansenne, Michel ULg; Gonzalez Moreno, A. et al

in Neuropsychobiology (1995), 32(1), 19-22

Several lines of evidence suggest a role for dopamine in the pathophysiology of depression. In 1988, we reported a blunted response of growth hormone (GH) to apomorphine, a dopaminergic agonist, in ... [more ▼]

Several lines of evidence suggest a role for dopamine in the pathophysiology of depression. In 1988, we reported a blunted response of growth hormone (GH) to apomorphine, a dopaminergic agonist, in endogenous depression. However, an antidepressant washout period is a major confounding factor in studies assessing the GH response to apomorphine. Indeed, whereas the influence of tricyclic antidepressants on the GH response to apomorphine is presently unknown, several reports have suggested that tricyclics may impair the GH response to clonidine for periods longer than 3 weeks following their discontinuation. In the present study, we hypothesized that a blunted GH response to apomorphine in depressed patients could be related to the recent administration of antidepressants. Therefore, the GH response to apomorphine (0.5 mg) was studied in 11 male DSM-III-R major depressive inpatients who had never received antidepressant therapy (group 1) compared to 11 normal controls and 11 major depressive inpatients drug free for at least 2 weeks (group 2). The three groups differed significantly in the GH peak response to apomorphine: mean (SD) 5.4 (4.0) ng/ml in group 1, 25.5 (10.7) in normal controls, and 5.5 (5.1) in group 2 (F = 15.5, df = 3, 30, p = 0.00001). While group 1 and normal controls (F = 21.8, p = 0.0002) as well as group 2 and controls (F = 5.6, p = 0.03) differed significantly, group 1 and group 2 did not (F = 0.18, p = 0.68). These results suggest that a washout period of 2 weeks could be sufficient in studies assessing the GH response to apomorphine. [less ▲]

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See detailThe dexamethasone suppression test in violent suicide attempters with major depression.
Pitchot, William ULg; Hansenne, Michel ULg; Gonzalez Moreno, A. et al

in Biological Psychiatry (1995), 37(4), 273-4

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See detailGender and diagnostic performance of the growth hormone response to clonidine for major depression : A large scale multicenter study
Schittecatte, Michel; Charles, Gerard; Machowski, R. et al

in American Journal of Psychiatry (The) (1994)

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See detailPsychophysiological correlates of suicidal behavior in depression. A preliminary study.
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pitchot, William ULg; Gonzalez Moreno, A. et al

in Neuropsychobiology (1994), 30(1), 1-3

P300 and contingent negative variation (CNV) were recorded in depressive inpatients with and without history of suicide attempt. The results show a significant reduction of both P300 and CNV in patients ... [more ▼]

P300 and contingent negative variation (CNV) were recorded in depressive inpatients with and without history of suicide attempt. The results show a significant reduction of both P300 and CNV in patients who had attempted suicide as compared with patients who had not. Moreover, a significant correlation was found between the suicidal risk scale and CNV amplitude. Psychophysiological and biochemical implications are discussed. [less ▲]

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