Borna disease virus antibodies and the deficit syndrome of schizophrenia

Royce W. Waltrip, Robert W. Buchanan, William T. Carpenter, Brian Kirkpatrick, Ann Summerfelt, Alan Breier, Steven A. Rubin, Kathryn M. Carbone

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We detected anti-Borna disease virus (BDV) antibodies at a 14.4% rate in patients with schizophrenia. The hypothesis of a higher rate of BDV seropositivity in deficit syndrome was borne out in a subset of 64 patients categorized according to the Schedule for the Deficit Syndrome with 5/15 seropositive deficit and 4/49 seropositive nondeficit (p<0.05). This suggests that the antibodies and possibly a BDV-like virus are pathogenetically linked to this form of schizophrenia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-257
Number of pages5
JournalSchizophrenia Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 28 1997


  • Borna disease virus
  • deficit syndrome
  • schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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