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Approved research

Characterization of functional and morphological MRI features in subjects with BDNF Val66Met polymorphism .

Principal Investigator: Mr Julio Plata-Bello
Approved Research ID: 40157
Approval date: February 22nd 2019

Lay summary

Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) is a protein that plays an essential role in regulating brain functioning. A polymorphism of the BDNF gene (Val66Met) has been reported as affecting the functioning of this protein. Bearing this mind, this polymorphism has been associated to the development of neuropsychiatric disorders, schizophrenia or Alzheimer disease. Furthermore, this polymorphism has also been reported to have an association with the response of antidepressant treatments and with the evolution of neurodegenerative diseases. Some studies have reported differences in functional and morphological brain features in healthy subject related to this polymorphisism. Most of these studies have used data from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, the number of studies is small, and no one integrates multimodality neuroimaging in their analysis. Aims The aim of the present study is to compare the functional and structural differences in the brain of healthy subjects with BDNF Val66Met polymorphism. Methods Resting-state functional MRI images, structural T1 and T2 images and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) from the UK Biobank will be analyzed using standard methods (Statistical parametric mapping 12 [SPM12] and FMRIB Software Library v5.0 [FSL] routines will be used to perform this task). The statistical analysis will consist of a comparison among the possible genotyping groups. Project duration 6 - 9 months.