Background/aim: We aimed to investigate and compare to healthy controls the variations in the levels of nitric oxide (NO), asymmetric dimethyl arginine (ADMA), symmetric dimethyl arginine (SDMA), and L-arginine levels in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Materials and methods: We enrolled 30 patients with OCD and 30 healthy controls in the study consecutively. Diagnostic interviews of all participants were conducted with the Structured Clinical Interview for Axis I Disorders (SCID-I), and sociodemographic data of the participants were recorded. Patients scoring 10 points or more on the Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale were enrolled in the study. Results: The NO levels of patients with OCD were increased compared to the control group, but the increase was not statistically significant (P > 0.05). However, patients with OCD had significantly lower levels of ADMA, SDMA, and L-arginine compared with the controls (P < 0.001). Conclusion: We found a significant decrease in ADMA, SDMA, and L-arginine as NO inhibitors between the groups, possibly because of an increase in NO. However, the insignificant increase in NO suggests that ADMA, SDMA, and L-arginine play direct and potentially important roles in OCD biology.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, nitric oxide, asymmetric dimethyl arginine, symmetric dimethyl arginine, L-arginine
YILMAZ, ENVER DEMİREL; ÜSTÜNDAĞ, MEHMET FATİH; GENÇER, ALİ GÖRKEM; KIVRAK, YÜKSEL; ÜNAL, ÖZGE; and BİLİCİ, MUSTAFA
"Levels of nitric oxide, asymmetric dimethyl arginine, symmetric dimethyl arginine,and L-arginine in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder,"
Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences: Vol. 46:
3, Article 28.
Available at: https://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/medical/vol46/iss3/28