FRANCY DE BRITO FERREIRA

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LIM/21 - Laboratório de Neuroimagem em Psiquiatria, Hospital das Clínicas, Faculdade de Medicina

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  • article 2 Citação(ões) na Scopus
    The association between social skills deficits and family history of mood disorder in bipolar I disorder
    (2018) FERNANDES, Francy B. F.; ROCCA, Cristiana C.; GIGANTE, Alexandre D.; DOTTORI-SILVA, Paola R.; GERCHMANN, Luciana; ROSSINI, Danielle; SATO, Rodrigo; LAFER, Beny; NERY, Fabiano G.
    Objective: To compare social skills and related executive functions among bipolar disorder (BD) patients with a family history of mood disorders (FHMD), BD patients with no FHMD and healthy control (HCs). Methods: We evaluated 20 euthymic patients with FHMD, 17 euthymic patients without FHMD, and 31 HCs using the Social Skills Inventory (SSI) and a neuropsychological battery evaluating executive function, inhibitory control, verbal fluency and estimated intelligence. Results: Both BD groups had lower SSI scores than controls. Scores for one subfactor of the social skills questionnaire, conversational skills and social performance, were significantly lower among patients with FHMD than among patients without FHMD (p = 0.019). Both groups of BD patients exhibited significant deficits in initiation/inhibition, but only BD patients with FHMD had deficits in verbal fluency, both compared to HC. There were no associations between social skills questionnaire scores and measures of cognitive function. Conclusion: Euthymic BD patients have lower social skills and executive function performance than HC. The presence of FHMD among BD patients is specifically associated with deficits in conversational and social performance skills, in addition to deficits in verbal fluency. Both characteristics might be associated with a common genetically determined pathophysiological substrate.
  • article 9 Citação(ões) na Scopus
    Gray matter volumes in patients with bipolar disorder and their first-degree relatives
    (2015) NERY, Fabiano G.; GIGANTE, Alexandre Duarte; AMARAL, Jose A.; FERNANDES, Francy B. F.; BERUTTI, Mariangeles; ALMEIDA, Karla M.; CARNEIROC, Camila de Godoi; DURAN, Fabio Luis Souza; OTADUY, Maria G.; LEITE, Claudia Costa; BUSATTO, Geraldo; LAFER, Beny
    Bipolar disorder (BD) is highly heritable. First-degree relatives of BD patient have an increased risk to develop the disease. We investigated abnormalities in gray matter (GM) volumes in healthy first-degree relatives of BD patients to identify possible brain structural endophenotypes for the disorder. 3D T1-weighted magnetic resonance images were obtained from 25 DSM-IV BD type I patients, 23 unaffected relatives, and 27 healthy controls (HC). A voxel-based morphometry protocol was used to compare differences in GM volumes between groups. BD patients presented reduced GM volumes bilaterally in the thalamus compared with HC. Relatives presented no global or regional GM differences compared with HC. Our negative results do not support the role of GM volume abnormalities as endophenotypes for BD. Thalamic volume abnormalities may be associated the pathophysiology of the disease.
  • article 24 Citação(ões) na Scopus
    A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, proof-of-concept trial of creatine monohydrate as adjunctive treatment for bipolar depression
    (2018) TONIOLO, Ricardo Alexandre; SILVA, Michelle; FERNANDES, Francy de Brito Ferreira; AMARAL, Jose Antonio de Mello Siqueira; DIAS, Rodrigo da Silva; LAFER, Beny
    Depressive episodes are a major cause of morbidity and dysfunction in individuals suffering from bipolar disorder. Currently available treatments for this condition have limited efficacy and new therapeutic options are needed. Extensive research in the pathophysiology of bipolar disorder points to the existence of mitochondrial and bioenergetic dysfunction. We hypothesized that creatine monohydrate, a nutraceutical that works as a mitochondrial modulator, would be effective as an adjunctive therapy for bipolar depression. We conducted a double-blind trial in which 35 patients with bipolar disorder type I or II in a depressive episode by DSM-IV criteria and in use of regular medication for the treatment of this phase of the disease were randomly allocated into two adjunctive treatment groups for 6 weeks: creatine monohydrate 6 g daily (N = 17) or placebo (N = 18). Primary efficacy was assessed by the change in the Montgomery-sberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS). We did not find a statistically significant difference in the comparison between groups for the change in score on the MADRS after 6 weeks in an intention-to-treat (ITT) analysis (p = 0.560; Cohen's d = 0.231). However, we found significant superiority of creatine add-on vs. placebo when we considered the remission criterion of a MADRS score ae 12 at week 6 analyzing the outcome of the 35 randomized patients on ITT (52.9% remission in the creatine group vs. 11.1% remission in the placebo group) and of the 23 completers (66.7% remission in the creatine group vs. 18.2% remission in the placebo group) (p = 0.012; OR = 9.0 and p = 0.036; OR = 9.0, respectively). Two patients who received creatine switched to hypomania/mania early in the trial. No clinically relevant physical side-effects were reported or observed. This proof-of-concept study, aiming to restore brain bioenergetics using an adjunctive mitochondrial modulator, is not conclusive on the efficacy of creatine add-on for bipolar depression, but suggests that this compound may have a role in the adjunctive treatment of this phase of the illness. Further investigation through randomized controlled trials with larger samples should be conducted to verify the efficacy of creatine supplementation for bipolar depression and also for subsyndromal depressive symptoms.
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    A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of creatine monohydrate as adjunctive treatment for bipolar depression
    (2017) TONIOLO, R. A.; SILVA, M.; FERNANDES, F. B. F.; AMARAL, J. A. M. S.; DIAS, R. S.; LAFER, B.
  • article 8 Citação(ões) na Scopus
    Serum BDNF levels in unaffected first-degree relatives of patients with bipolar disorder
    (2016) NERY, Fabiano G.; GIGANTE, Alexandre D.; AMARAL, Jose A.; FERNANDES, Francy B.; BERUTTI, Mariangeles; ALMEIDA, Karla M.; STERTZ, Laura; BRISTOT, Giovana; KAPCZINSKI, Flavio; LAFER, Beny
    Objective: Unaffected relatives of bipolar disorder (BD) patients have been investigated for the identification of endophenotypes in an attempt to further elucidate the pathophysiology of the disease. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is considered to be implicated in the pathophysiology of BD, but its role as an endophenotype has been poorly studied. We investigated abnormal serum BDNF levels in BD patients, in their unaffected relatives, and in healthy controls. Methods: BDNF levels were obtained from 25 DSM-IV bipolar I disorder patients, 23 unaffected relatives, and 27 healthy controls. All BD patients were in remission. The unaffected subjects were first-degree relatives of the proband who had no lifetime DSM-IV diagnosis of axis I disorder. BDNF serum levels were determined by sandwich ELISA using monoclonal BDNF-specific antibodies. Results: There were no statistical differences in BDNF levels among BD patients, relatives, and healthy controls. Conclusion: Serum BDNF levels may not indicate high genetic risk for BD, possibly acting as state markers rather than trait markers of the disease.
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  • article 18 Citação(ões) na Scopus
    Cognitive effects of creatine monohydrate adjunctive therapy in patients with bipolar depression: Results from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial
    (2017) TONIOLO, Ricardo Alexandre; FERNANDES, Francy de Brito Ferreira; SILVA, Michelle; DIAS, Rodrigo da Silva; LAFER, Beny
    Background: Depressive episodes and cognitive impairment are major causes of morbidity and dysfunction in individuals suffering from bipolar disorder (BD). Novel treatment approaches that target clinical and cognitive aspects of bipolar depression are needed, and research on pathophysiology suggests that mitochondrial modulators such as the nutraceutical creatine monohydrate might have a therapeutic role for this condition. Methods: Eighteen (N=18) patients with bipolar depression according to DSM-IV criteria who were enrollled in a 6-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of creatine monohydrate 6 g daily as adjunctive therapy were submitted to neuropsychological assessments (Wisconsin Card Sorting Test, Digit Span subtest of the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Third Edition, Stroop Color-Word Test, Rey-Osterrieth complex figure test, FAS Verbal Fluency Test) at baseline and week 6. Results: There was a statistically significant difference between the treatment groups of the change on the total scores after 6 weeks in the verbal fluency test, with improvement in the group receiving adjunctive treatment with creatine. We did not find significant differences between the groups of the changes on other neuropsychological tests. Limitations: Small sample and lack of a control group of healthy subjects. Conclusions: Our trial, which was the first to investigate the cognitive effects of creatine monohydrate on bipolar depression, indicates that supplementation with this nutraceutical for 6 weeks is associated with improvement in verbal fluency tests in patients with this condition.
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    Cognitive-behavioral rehabilitation vs treatment as usual for bipolar patients - a randomized controlled trial
    (2017) GOMES, B.; ROCCA, C. Castanho de Almeida; BELIZARIO, G. Okawa; GISELLE, C.; VALOIS, I.; FACHIN, R. de Vargas Penteado; FERNANDES, F.; LAFER, B.