Journal Article

Antibodies to <i>Toxoplasma gondii</i> in Individuals with First-Episode Schizophrenia

Robert H. Yolken, Silke Bachmann, Inna Rouslanova, Erik Lillehoj, Glen Ford, E. Fuller Torrey and Johannes Schroeder

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 32, issue 5, pages 842-844
Published in print March 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/319221
Antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii in Individuals with First-Episode Schizophrenia

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We employed enzyme immunoassay (EIA) and Western blotting techniques to measure the level of antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii proteins in serum samples from 38 individuals undergoing their first episode of schizophrenia and from a group of matched control subjects. We found that the individuals with first-episode schizophrenia had significantly increased levels of IgG, IgM, and IgA class antibodies to Toxoplasma proteins, as compared with the control subjects.

Journal Article.  2281 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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