BDNF Val66Met polymorphism is associated with aggressive behavior in schizophrenia

G. Spalletta, D. W. Morris, F. Angelucci, I. A. Rubino, I. Spoletini, P. Bria, G. Martinotti, A. Siracusano, G. Bonaviri, S. Bernardini, C. Caltagirone, P. Bossù, G. Donohoe, M. Gill, A. P. Corvin

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Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene variants may potentially influence behaviour. In order to test this hypothesis, we investigated the relationship between BDNF Val66Met polymorphism and aggressive behaviour in a population of schizophrenic patients. Our results showed that increased number of BDNF Met alleles was associated with increased aggressive behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-313
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Psychiatry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010


  • Aggression
  • BDNF
  • Polymorphism
  • Schizophrenia
  • Val66Met

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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