Neurobiological underpinnings of cognitive subtypes in psychoses: A cross-diagnostic cluster analysis

TitleNeurobiological underpinnings of cognitive subtypes in psychoses: A cross-diagnostic cluster analysis
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsFernández-Linsenbarth, I., Á. Planchuelo-Gómez, Á. Díez, A. Arjona-Valladares, R. de Luis-García, Ó. Martín-Santiago, J. Antonio Benito-Sánchez, Á. Pérez-Laureano, D. González-Parra, C. Montes-Gonzalo, R. Melero-Lerma, S. Fernández Morante, J. Sanz-Fuentenebro, J. Gómez-Pilar, P. Núñez-Novo, and V. Molina
JournalSchizophrenia Research
KeywordsCognition, Connectivity, Modulation, Volume, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia

Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder include patients with different characteristics, which may hamper the definition of biomarkers. One of the dimensions with greater heterogeneity among these patients is cognition. Recent studies support the identification of different patients' subgroups along the cognitive domain using cluster analysis. Our aim was to validate clusters defined on the basis of patients' cognitive status and to assess its relation with demographic, clinical and biological measurements. We hypothesized that subgroups characterized by different cognitive profiles would show differences in an array of biological data. Cognitive data from 198 patients (127 with chronic schizophrenia, 42 first episodes of schizophrenia and 29 bipolar patients) were analyzed by a K-means cluster approach and were compared on several clinical and biological variables. We also included 155 healthy controls for further comparisons. A two-cluster solution was selected, including a severely impaired group and a moderately impaired group. The severely impaired group was associated with higher illness duration and symptoms scores, lower thalamus and hippocampus volume, lower frontal connectivity and basal hypersynchrony in comparison to controls and the moderately impaired group. Moreover, both patients' groups showed lower cortical thickness and smaller functional connectivity modulation than healthy controls. This study supports the existence of different cognitive subgroups within the psychoses with different neurobiological underpinnings.