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Sub-threshold depressive symptoms and brain structure: A magnetic resonance imaging study within the Whitehall II cohort

Allan, CL; Sexton, CE; Filippini, N; Topiwala, A; Mahmood, A; Zsoldos, E; Singh-Manoux, A; ... Ebmeier, KP; + view all (2016) Sub-threshold depressive symptoms and brain structure: A magnetic resonance imaging study within the Whitehall II cohort. Journal of Affective Disorders , 204 pp. 219-225. 10.1016/j.jad.2016.06.049. Green open access

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Late-life sub-threshold depressive symptoms (i.e. depressive symptoms that do not meet the criteria for a diagnosis of major depressive disorder) are associated with impaired physical health and function, and increased risk of major depressive disorder. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies examining late-life major depressive disorder find structural brain changes in grey and white matter. However, the extent to which late-life sub-threshold depression is associated with similar hallmarks is not well established. METHODS: Participants with no history of major depressive disorder were selected from the Whitehall Imaging Sub-Study (n=358, mean age 69±5 years, 17% female). Depressive symptoms were measured using the Centre for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) at three previous Whitehall II Study phases (2003-04, 2007-09 and 2012-13) and at the time of the MRI scan (2012-14). The relationships between current and cumulative depressive symptoms and MRI brain measures were explored using Voxel-Based Morphometry (VBM) for grey matter and Tract Based Spatial Statistics (TBSS) for white matter. RESULTS: Current sub-threshold depressive symptoms were associated with significant reductions in fractional anisotropy and increases in axial and radial diffusivity. There were no significant relationships between current depressive symptoms and grey matter measures, or cumulative depressive symptoms and MRI measures. LIMITATIONS: The prevalence (10%) of sub-threshold depressive symptoms means that analyses may be underpowered to detect subtle differences in brain structure. CONCLUSIONS: Current sub-threshold depressive symptoms are associated with changes in white matter microstructure, indicating that even mild depressive symptoms are associated with similar MRI hallmarks to those in major depressive disorder.

Type: Article
Title: Sub-threshold depressive symptoms and brain structure: A magnetic resonance imaging study within the Whitehall II cohort
Location: Netherlands
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2016.06.049
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2016.06.049
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Keywords: Brain, Depression, Grey matter, Magnetic resonance imaging, White matter
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1506192
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