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8-week of PS128® RCT in Patients with Major Depressive Disorder

2020 / 03 / 29



Sponsors and Collaborators

Taipei Medical University WanFang Hospital


Principal Investigator: Chun-Hsin Chen, MD, TMU-Wan Fang Hospital


Brief Summary:

Recent studies have suggested that gut-brain axis may be one of the mechanisms of major depression disorder. In animal studies, alteration of gut microbiota can affect animal's depression or anxiety-like behavior, brain neurochemistry and inflammation. In human studies, the composition of gut microbiota is different between patients with MDD and healthy controls. In addition, supplementation of probiotics can improve mood status in community and clinical participants. In preliminary open trial, the investigators found PS128® can significantly reduce depression severity in patients with MDD. Therefore, the investigators would like to conduct an 8-week randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial of PS128® in patients with MDD.


Detailed Description:

This study will be an 8-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to investigate the effects of Lactobacillus plantarum PS128® on psychophysiology in patients with MDD.

This is a two-phase study. In the first phase, the investigators will recruite patients fulfilling the following inclusion criteria: Age 20-65; fulfill Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fifth version (DSM-V) criteria of major depressive episode in recent 2 years; Psychotropics including antidepressants, antipsychotics and hypnotics have been kept unchanged for at least 1 month. The exclusion criteria are: comorbid with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or other substance use (except tobacco) disorder; having active suicidal or homicidal ideation; known allergy to probiotics; comorbid with diabetes mellitus, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, liver cirrhosis, or autoimmune diseases; known active bacterial, fungal, or viral infections in one month; use of antibiotics, steroid, immunosuppressants, probiotics, or synbiotics in the month before collecting blood and fecal samples; pregnant or lactating women; who state to have dietary pattern changed or in diet within previous two months. Those with HAMD-17 ≧14 in the first screen will be randomized to PS128® or placebo, with the ratio of 1:1, in the second phase intervention. In the second phase intervention, the investigators will give eligible patients Lactobacillus plantarum PS128® or placebo for 8 weeks, and compare depression symptoms, gut microbiota, gut permeability, and serum inflammation level before and after intervention.