The impact of childhood abuse and recent stress on serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor and the moderating role of BDNF Val(66)Met

B.M. Elzinga, M.L. Molendijk, R.C.O. Voshaar, B.A.A. Bus, J. Prickaerts, P. Spinhoven, B.W.J.H. Penninx

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Rationale: Recent findings show lowered brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels in major depressive disorder (MDD). Exposure to stressful life events may (partly) underlie these BDNF reductions, but little is known about the effects of early or recent life stress on BDNF levels. Moreover, the effects of stressful events on BDNF levels may in part be conditional upon a common variant on the BDNF gene (Val
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-328
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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