Toxoplasma gondii May be an Advisor for Aggressiveness: Seroprevalence of Toxoplasmosis in Murderer Women in Iraq
Background: Several studies have demonstrated the infection with Toxoplasma gondii can alter behavior and neurotransmitter function. In humans, acute infection with T. gondii can produce psychotic symptoms similar to those displayed by persons with schizophrenia. Methods: Fifty-four subjects (Women prisoners) with age range 20–55 years, 89 women not have crime record (as control group), with age range 15–60 years. Immunofluorecent assay was used to determine qualitative and quantitative IgG tested by automated VIDAS family instruments, this assay principle combines an enzyme immunoassay method by immunocapture with final fluorescent detection (ELFA). Results: The present study show significant differences between case control group and murder women group. Also, murder women had increased levels of serum IgG antibodies to T. gondii especially in high level IgG as compared with controls (1%), the significant value also revealed in all age groups al level 0.05 compare with control. Conclusions: This study suggested the a hypothesis that T. gondii is a risk factor for increasing aggressiveness in women, also, may be consider a main causative agent for murder behavior in women.
Toxoplasma gondii, Seroprevalence, Murderer Women, Iraq
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