- New Experiments With Gluten
- Glutamic Acid Decarboxylase (GAD).
- Where is Glutamate Decarboxylase/GAD Found?
- Prevalence of GAD Antibodies
- Confounding Variables
- Glutamate Decarboxylase/GAD SNPs
- Health Tools I Wish I Had When I Was Sick
New Experiments With Gluten
So I was feeling pretty good before my gluten experiment…..circadian rhythm was good – sleeping at 10 and waking up at 6AM…
Anyway, I had some gluten over the weekend and then again earlier in the week – like 1/5th of a piece of bread and some other lectins….and it messed me up, big time.
This is even though I went to a GI doc and I tested negative for all of the antibodies associated with Celiac’s disease.
My memory went down, my mood became unstable and anxiety and fatigue went up. Processing capacity went down and I had a hard time understanding normal speed audio. The motor function also declined. I also got a nice reminder that I used to have to deal with joint pain. My circadian rhythm got wrecked and my sleep was shitty, too.
Glutamic Acid Decarboxylase (GAD).
If this protein isn’t working, you’ll have excess glutamate and too little GABA in various brain regions. Glutamate is the main excitatory neurotransmitter and GABA is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter.
GAD antibodies decrease the GAD enzyme, which results in higher Glutamate and lower GABA. The problem is getting off of gluten, casein, yeast or lectins doesn’t necessarily immediately reverse that right away. I also don’t think that GAD antibodies are required for the problems, as other explanations are also adequate.
So I think it would be a good idea to check GAD antibodies after gluten consumption.
Where is Glutamate Decarboxylase/GAD Found?
Gluten, GAD, and The Pancreas
GAD (65+67) is found in your pancreas, where it’s needed for the release of insulin (R). This could be one reason why we see the thin and anxious phenotype. High glutamate and low insulin. Glutamic acid decarboxylase is the common theme.
Gluten and The Circadian Rhythm
I’ve known people were dealing with circadian rhythm issues and that this was a root cause.
My explanation was because of stress-induced changes in the Per1 clock gene (R). I also thought that undermethylation was not making the circadian rhythm work properly (R). I’m still a fan of these theories, but I’d like to drop this new theory, which is significant for some people.
And for me, this could be the most significant because I was taking methylation supplements, was not stressed and my circadian rhythm was still affected. How?
This means lower GAD will mess up your circadian rhythm, which will make you feel sleepy during the day, wired at night and cause you to get shitty sleep, among other symptoms. I went to sleep later, slept 8 hours, but woke up feeling unrested.
Gluten, OCD, and Anxiety: The Role of CRH and Glutamate
But why do people release CRH? I thought one of the main reasons was because people were undermethylated, which leads to increased CRH production. Too little methylation of the CRH promoter (CRE), a region critical for CRH production, is a mechanism for the increased CRH response to stress in depressed rats (R). Undermethylation may possibly also cause lower GAD67 (at least in the prefrontal cortex), which is unexpected (R).
That’s probably why we see MTHFR mutations associated with stressed and depressed phenotypes.
I also thought it was because of genes related to an increased stress response, of which there are many in 23andme that I’ve been researching.
My stress response goes off to gluten and some lectins. I thought that may have had to do with increased CCK being released by lectins, but this new explanation is an alternative explanation.
The Paraventricular Nucleus (PVN) plays a role in Fatigue, Glucose sensing, Blood pressure, Temperature regulation, TRH release, Anti-Diuretic Hormone release (vasopressin), PRH release (precursor to prolactin) and Oxytocin.
Studies show anxiety and depression are associated with gluten intolerance. Celiac patients were significantly more likely to have depression, state anxiety, social phobia, a panic disorder when compared to controls (R).
Gluten, Cognitive Dysfunction and Being In Your Head
GAD67 is located in the prefrontal cortex (R), an area responsible for higher level cognitive function. GAD67 is lower in Schizophrenia, in part from under-methylation (R). Schizophrenia is often caused by gluten. The prevalence of schizophrenia was lower in areas of lower grain consumption and a milk- and cereal-free diet improved schizophrenic symptoms (R). Indeed, GAD antibodies are higher in schizophrenia (R).
If you’ve got lower GAD levels, this area will be overexcited, which means you won’t be able to focus, you will have anxiety and excessive analyzing. You will not be able to shut down your analytical thinking. You will be in your head.
Gluten, The Hippocampus, and Memory
GAD67 enzymes are located in the hippocampus and lower levels will cause over excitation, which may explain memory problems in the long term (R).
Prevalence of GAD Antibodies
My only problem with this theory is that the prevalence of these GAD antibodies are less than I would’ve expected. I would like to check to see if my antibodies are high.
But, nevertheless, this can explain many of the issues with people who have Gluten Sensitivity or Celiacs.
In a study done in 2001, the prevalence of GAD65 Antibodies was around 5% in patients with neurological disease vs 1% of controls. Prevalence of GAD67 Antibodies was 2% in patients with neurological disease vs 1% of controls (R).
In conditions connected with gluten, 86% patients with Stiff Person Syndrome were positive for anti-GAD antibodies, 11% for patients with idiopathic sporadic ataxia, and 40% for patients with gluten ataxia, and 60% for type 1 diabetes. The study concludes that there’s a link with gluten-related diseases and GAD antibodies (R).
Gliadin has the capacity to activate cytokine production in monocytes and macrophages. In mouse macrophages, gliadin increased TNF–α, IL-12, IL-15, IFN-βiNOS, IP-10, and MCP-5. It also stimulated lymphocytes (R).
In Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, researchers found that mucosal TLR1, TLR2, and TLR4, which are associated with innate immunity, were elevated (but this requires a biopsy, which is invasive and not even available) (R).
It could be other people have different effects from different antibodies. Gluten is associated with anti-ganglioside antibodies and TG6 in celiac’s disease, both of which are important for neurons (R).
It’s possible that gluten is messing with neurotransmitters. After 1 year on a gluten-free diet, patients with Celiac’s experienced a significant increase in major serotonin and dopamine metabolite concentrations (R).
Glutamate Decarboxylase/GAD SNPs
You might want to check if you have SNPs for lower GAD levels.
GAD1 is the gene that codes for GAD67 and the GAD2 gene codes for GAD65.
GAD1/GAD67 converts glutamate to GABA (R).
Rs3749034 – GAD1
The G allele=reduced GAD1 production in the DLPFC and hippocampus among people with schizophrenia….. by disrupting a binding site for two transcription factors (R).
GG=significant decrease in KCC2 (gene that helps GABA) production in the hippocampus (p < 0.004), compared with minor allele carriers.
GG= a robust reduction of cortical thickness in the left parahippocampal gyrus (PHG) (R).
A g=increased risk of schizophrenia (R).
The T or the minor allele is associated with panic disorder (only in females) (R).
Rs1978340 GAD1 G>A
A=lower GAD1 (R).
AA=increased GABA levels (R).
Since GAD1 levels are believed to be lower with the A allele, the study speculates that GABA production by the GAD1 gene is actually reduced in the A allele carriers and that a compensatory change such as excessive production by GAD2 or a decreased breakdown by GABA transaminase may be causing this unpredicted increase in GABA (R).
The compensation could also be occurring in certain places that were tested, whereas others may be decreased but their techniques may not have been sensitive enough to detect it, or it could be that GABA is present in cells, but still result in a relative deficit of GABA synaptic transmission (R).
GG is associated with post-traumatic seizures…which likely means higher glutamate, less GABA….GT is associated with intermediate glutamate levels (R).
Not on my 23andme. AA is associated with post-traumatic seizures…which means higher glutamate and less GABA….AG and GG are equally normal (R).
Health Tools I Wish I Had When I Was Sick
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