Serum BDNF discriminates Parkinson's disease patients with depression from without depression and reflect motor severity and gender differences.

To evaluate the diagnostic value of serum Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels for discriminating PD with depression from without depression, and to investigate whether serum BDNF levels were associated with motor severity and gender in depressed PD patients.Demographic and clinical data were collected from 122 PD patients with depression, 137 without depression and 110 healthy controls. All participants' serum BDNF concentrations were measured. Their motor abilities and activity were assessed by the Unified PD Rating Scale Part III (UPDRS III) score and the Hoehn and Yahr (H-Y) stage. Depression was scored using the 17-item Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAMD-17). Associations were analyzed with multivariate regression.The serum BDNF levels were lower in depressed PD patients compared to non-depressed PD patients and controls (p 

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