Inflammation as a Predictive Biomarker for Response to Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Major Depressive Disorder: A Proof of Concept Study
Rapaport, Mark Hyman
Schettler, Pamela J.
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CitationRapaport, Mark Hyman, Andrew A Nierenberg, Pamela J. Schettler, Becky Kinkead, Amber Cardoos, Rosemary Walker, and David Mischoulon. 2015. “Inflammation as a Predictive Biomarker for Response to Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Major Depressive Disorder: A Proof of Concept Study.” Molecular psychiatry 21 (1): 71-79. doi:10.1038/mp.2015.22. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/mp.2015.22.
AbstractThis study explores whether inflammatory biomarkers act as moderators of clinical response to omega-3 (n-3) fatty acids in subjects with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). 155 subjects with DSM-IV MDD, a baseline 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D-17) score ≥ 15 and baseline biomarker data (IL-1ra, IL-6, hs-CRP, leptin, adiponectin), were randomized between 05/18/06 and 06/30/11, to 8 weeks of double-blind treatment with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)-enriched n-3 1060 mg/day, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)-enriched n-3 900 mg/day, or placebo. Outcomes were determined using mixed model repeated measures (MMRM) analysis for “high” and “low” inflammation groups based on individual and combined biomarkers. Results are presented in terms of standardized treatment effect size (ES) for change in HAM-D-17 from baseline to treatment week 8. While overall treatment group differences were negligible (ES=−0.13 to +0.04), subjects with any “high” inflammation improved more on EPA than placebo (ES=−0.39) or DHA (ES=−0.60) and less on DHA than placebo (ES=+0.21); furthermore, EPA-placebo separation increased with increasing numbers of markers of high inflammation. Subjects randomized to EPA with “high” IL-1ra or hs-CRP or low adiponectin (“high” inflammation) had medium ES decreases in HAM-D-17 scores versus subjects “low” on these biomarkers. Subjects with “high” hs-CRP, IL-6 or leptin were less placebo-responsive than subjects with low levels of these biomarkers (medium to large ES differences). Employing multiple markers of inflammation facilitated identification of a more homogeneous cohort of subjects with MDD responding to EPA versus placebo in our cohort. Studies are needed to replicate and extend this proof of concept work.
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