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Laura R Stroud, George D Papandonatos, Stephanie H Parade, Amy L Salisbury, Maureen G Phipps, Barry M Lester, James F Padbury, Carmen J Marsit
OBJECTIVES: Extending prior studies of prenatal adversity and depressive symptoms, we tested associations between maternal prenatal major depressive disorder (MDD) and infant cortisol regulation. Based on prior findings by our group, we also tested placenta glucocorticoid (HSD11B2 methylation) and serotonin (SLC6A4 gene expression) signaling as moderators of links between prenatal MDD and infant cortisol. METHODS: Participants were 153 mother-infant pairs from a low-income, diverse sample (M [SD] age = 26[6] years)...
October 19, 2016: Psychosomatic Medicine
Michelle N Servaas, Linda Geerligs, Jojanneke A Bastiaansen, Remco J Renken, Jan-Bernard C Marsman, Ilja M Nolte, Johan Ormel, André Aleman, Harriëtte Riese
Neuroticism and genetic variation in the serotonin-transporter (SLC6A4) and catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene are risk factors for psychopathology. Alterations in the functional integration and segregation of neural circuits have recently been found in individuals scoring higher on neuroticism. The aim of the current study was to investigate how genetic risk factors impact functional network organization and whether genetic risk factors moderate the association between neuroticism and functional network organization...
October 14, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Susan W Wesmiller, Susan M Sereika, Catherine M Bender, Dana Bovbjerg, Gretchen Ahrendt, Marguerite Bonaventura, Yvette P Conley
BACKGROUND: Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) are two of the most frequent and distressing complications following surgical procedures, with as many as 80% of patients considered to be at risk. Despite recognition of well-established risk factors and the subsequent use of clinical guidelines, 20-30% of women do not respond to antiemetic protocols, indicating that there may be a genetic risk. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this pilot study was to describe the incidence and explore the risk factors associated with PONV after surgery in women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer...
September 28, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Bojan Mirkovic, Claudine Laurent, Marc-Antoine Podlipski, Thierry Frebourg, David Cohen, Priscille Gerardin
Suicidal behaviors (SBs), which range from suicidal ideation to suicide attempts and completed suicide, represent a fatal dimension of mental ill-health. The involvement of genetic risk factors in SB is supported by family, twin, and adoption studies. The aim of this paper is to review recent genetic association studies in SBs including (i) case-control studies, (ii) family-based association studies, and (iii) genome-wide association studies (GWAS). Various studies on genetic associations have tended to suggest that a number of genes [e...
2016: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Jasmine Eshragh, Anand Dhruva, Steven M Paul, Bruce A Cooper, Judy Mastick, Deborah Hamolsky, Jon D Levine, Christine Miaskowski, Kord M Kober
CONTEXT: Fatigue is a common problem in oncology patients. Less is known about decrements in energy levels and the mechanisms that underlie both fatigue and energy. OBJECTIVES: In patients with breast cancer, variations in neurotransmitter genes between Lower and Higher Fatigue latent classes and between the Higher and Lower Energy latent classes were evaluated. METHODS: Patients completed assessments prior to and monthly for 6 months following surgery...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
John Alexander, Hera Potamianou, Jinchuan Xing, Li Deng, Iordanis Karagiannidis, Fotis Tsetsos, Petros Drineas, Zsanett Tarnok, Renata Rizzo, Tomasz Wolanczyk, Luca Farkas, Peter Nagy, Urszula Szymanska, Christos Androutsos, Vaia Tsironi, Anastasia Koumoula, Csaba Barta, Paul Sandor, Cathy L Barr, Jay Tischfield, Peristera Paschou, Gary A Heiman, Marianthi Georgitsi
Although the genetic basis of Tourette Syndrome (TS) remains unclear, several candidate genes have been implicated. Using a set of 382 TS individuals of European ancestry we investigated four candidate genes for TS (HDC, SLITRK1, BTBD9, and SLC6A4) in an effort to identify possibly causal variants using a targeted re-sequencing approach by next generation sequencing technology. Identification of possible disease causing variants under different modes of inheritance was performed using the algorithms implemented in VAAST...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
G H Oporto, T Bornhardt, V Iturriaga, L A Salazar
Bruxism (BRX) is a condition of great interest for researchers and clinicians in dental and medical areas. BRX has two circadian manifestations; it can occur during sleep (sleep bruxism, SB) or during wakefulness (awake bruxism, WB). However, it can be suffered together. Recent investigations suggest that central nervous system neurotransmitters and their genes could be involved in the genesis of BRX. Serotonin is responsible for the circadian rhythm, maintaining arousal, regulating stress response, muscle tone and breathing...
November 2016: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
C Anthony Altar, Joseph Carhart, Josiah D Allen, Daniel Hall-Flavin, Joel Winner, Bryan Dechairo
DNA of 258 patients with treatment-resistant depression was collected in three 8-10 week, two-arm, prospective clinical trials. Forty-four allelic variations were measured in genes for the cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes CYP2D6, CYPC19, and CYP1A2, the serotonin transporter (SLC6A4), and the 5-HT2A receptor (HTR2A). The combinatorial pharmacogenomic (CPGx™) GeneSight test results were provided to clinicians to support medication changes from baseline (guided arm), or they were provided at the end of each study to clinicians of unguided patients who were treated as usual (TAU)...
October 2015: Molecular Neuropsychiatry
Chiara Fabbri, Ladislav Hosak, Rainald Mössner, Ina Giegling, Laura Mandelli, Frank Bellivier, Stephan Claes, David A Collier, Alejo Corrales, Lynn E Delisi, Carla Gallo, Michael Gill, James L Kennedy, Marion Leboyer, Amanda Lisoway, Wolfgang Maier, Miguel Marquez, Isabelle Massat, Ole Mors, Pierandrea Muglia, Markus M Nöthen, Michael C O'Donovan, Jorge Ospina-Duque, Peter Propping, Yongyong Shi, David St Clair, Florence Thibaut, Sven Cichon, Julien Mendlewicz, Dan Rujescu, Alessandro Serretti
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a heritable disease with a heavy personal and socio-economic burden. Antidepressants of different classes are prescribed to treat MDD, but reliable and reproducible markers of efficacy are not available for clinical use. Further complicating treatment, the diagnosis of MDD is not guided by objective criteria, resulting in the risk of under- or overtreatment. A number of markers of MDD and antidepressant response have been investigated at the genetic, epigenetic, gene expression and protein levels...
September 7, 2016: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
Suzana Elena Voiculescu, Diana Le Duc, Adrian Eugen Roșca, Vlad Zeca, Diana Maria Chiţimuș, Andreea Letiţia Arsene, Cristina Manuela Drăgoi, Alina Crenguţa Nicolae, Leon Zăgrean, Torsten Schöneberg, Ana-Maria Zăgrean
Disruption of the maternal environment during pregnancy leads to behavioral changes and diseases in the adult offspring. To explore the influence of prenatal continuous light exposure (PCLE) on the adult offspring, we exposed pregnant Wistar rats to constant light during late gestation. Adult PCLE offspring showed an anxiety-like behavior and impairment of short-term memory in different tests. Measurements in the whole brain homogenates from newborn and adult offspring indicated decreased melatonin and serotonin levels and increased reactive oxygen species level in PCLE offspring...
November 1, 2016: Brain Research
Livio Provenzi, Roberto Giorda, Silvana Beri, Rosario Montirosso
The application of epigenetics to the study of behavioral and socio-emotional development in humans has revealed that DNA methylation could be a potential marker of adversity exposure and long-lasting programming of health and disease. The serotonin transporter gene (SLC6A4) is a stress-related gene which has well-documented implications for behavioral and socio-emotional development and which has been shown to be susceptible to transcriptional regulation via epigenetic mechanisms. In the present paper, a systematic review of papers assessing the association among adversity exposures, SLC6A4 methylation and developmental outcomes is reported...
August 24, 2016: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Yu-Huei Cheng, Che-Nan Kuo, Ching-Ming Lai
mination of genetic variations of SNPs between members of a species. In many laboratories, PCR-RFLP (polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism) is a usually used biotechnology for SNP genotyping, especially in small-scale basic research studies of complex genetic diseases. PCR-RFLP requires an available restriction enzyme at least for identify a target SNP and an effective primer pair conforms numerous constraints. However, the lots of restriction enzymes, tedious sequence and complicated constraints make the mining of available restriction enzymes and the design of effective primer pairs become a major challenge...
August 3, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
C L Dent, T Humby, K Lewis, A Plagge, R Fischer-Colbrie, J F Wilkins, L S Wilkinson, A R Isles
Genomic imprinting is the process whereby germline epigenetic events lead to parent-of-origin specific monallelic expression of a number of key mammalian genes. The imprinted gene Nesp is expressed from the maternal allele only and encodes for Nesp55 protein. In the brain Nesp55 is found predominately in discrete areas of the hypothalamus and midbrain. Previously, we have shown that loss of Nesp55 gives rise to alterations in novelty-related behavior. Here we extend these findings and demonstrate, using the Nesp(m/+) mouse model, that loss of Nesp55 leads to impulsive choices as measured by a delayed-reinforcement task, whereby Nesp(m/+) mice were less willing to wait for a delayed, larger reward, preferring instead to choose an immediate, smaller reward...
August 10, 2016: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
E Won, S Choi, J Kang, A Kim, K-M Han, H S Chang, W S Tae, K R Son, S-H Joe, M-S Lee, B-J Ham
Previous evidence suggests that the serotonin transporter gene (SLC6A4) is associated with the structure of brain regions that are critically involved in dysfunctional limbic-cortical network activity associated with major depressive disorder (MDD). Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and tract-based spatial statistics were used to investigate changes in white matter integrity in patients with MDD compared with healthy controls. A possible association between structural alterations in white matter tracts and DNA methylation of the SLC6A4 promoter region was also assessed...
2016: Translational Psychiatry
Joanna Pawlak, Monika Dmitrzak-Weglarz, Monika Wilkosc, Aleksandra Szczepankiewicz, Anna Leszczynska-Rodziewicz, Dorota Zaremba, Pawel Kapelski, Aleksandra Rajewska-Rager, Joanna Hauser
INTRODUCTION: Studies have not given yet a clear answer what is the genetic background of suicidal predisposition. The associations between polymorphisms of the TPH1 and 5-HTTLPR genes and violent suicidal behavior was revealed with the least inconsistencies. METHOD: We selected 10 "strong candidate genes" and 35 SNPs, SLC6A4 and ACP1 for replication study. We searched associations between precisely described suicidal phenotype in 825 affective patients and polymorphisms of selected neurobiological pathways genes as well as their interactions that constitute suicidal risk...
July 19, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
Karen Jones-Mason, Isabel Elaine Allen, Nicole Bush, Steve Hamilton
BACKGROUND: Epigenetic processes act as a link between environment and individual development. This pilot study examined the association between socioeconomic status (SES), attachment, and methylation of the promoter region of the serotonin transporter gene (SLC6A4). METHODS: Attachment classification and SLC6A4 methylation was determined in 100 late adolescents. We hypothesized that (1) SES would interact with methylation to predict higher unresolved loss (UL) or trauma scores on the Adult Attachment Interview; (2) across SES, participants with unresolved attachment would have lower levels of methylation than organized or secure participants; and (3) within the unresolved classification, SES would predict methylation...
July 2016: Brain and Behavior
Aarthi Manoharan, Deepak Gopal Shewade, Ravi Philip Rajkumar, Surendiran Adithan
PURPOSE: Up to 30-40 % of the major depressive disorder patients do not respond sufficiently to antidepressant treatment. Genetic variations in the serotonin transporter gene have been implicated in modulating treatment response to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and this association is influenced by ethnicity. We investigated the influence of serotonin transporter gene variants 5-HTTLPR and rs25531 in Indian population on fluoxetine response. METHODS: One hundred and two major depressive disorder patients were started on fluoxetine treatment and after 6 weeks, classified as responders (n = 56) and non-responders (n = 46) using Hamilton depression rating scale and genotyped...
October 2016: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Kiyohiro Yamazaki, Yuta Yoshino, Takaaki Mori, Mitsuo Okita, Taku Yoshida, Yoko Mori, Yuki Ozaki, Tomoko Sao, Jun-Ichi Iga, Shu-Ichi Ueno
BACKGROUND/AIM: The aim of this study was to elucidate the relationship between Alzheimer's disease (AD) and the serotonin transporter gene (SLC6A4). METHODS: AD subjects (n = 43) and controls (n = 47) were recruited and evaluated. In leukocytes, we evaluated two polymorphisms in SLC6A4, the serotonin transporter length polymorphic region (5-HTT-LPR) and rs25531, as well as methylation rates of the SLC6A4 promoter region and the SLC6A4 mRNA expression level. We also performed a meta-analysis to examine the relationship between the frequency of the L allele and the risk of AD...
2016: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
Laetitia Laurent, Chunwei Huang, Sheila R Ernest, Anick Berard, Cathy Vaillancourt, Barbara F Hales
BACKGROUND: Human studies are inconsistent with respect to an association between treatment with selective serotonin and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSRI/SNRIs) and an increase in the incidence of congenital heart defects. Here we tested the hypothesis that in utero exposure to venlafaxine, a highly prescribed SNRI, increases the incidence of fetal heart defects and alters placental and fetal heart serotonin signaling in the rat. METHODS: Timed-pregnant Sprague Dawley rats were gavaged daily with venlafaxine hydrochloride (0, 3, 10, 30, or 100 mg/kg/day) from gestation day 8 to 20...
July 7, 2016: Birth Defects Research. Part A, Clinical and Molecular Teratology
Rosario Montirosso, Livio Provenzi, Roberto Giorda, Monica Fumagalli, Francesco Morandi, Ida Sirgiovanni, Uberto Pozzoli, Ruth Grunau, Tim F Oberlander, Fabio Mosca, Renato Borgatti
AIM: The present study is part of a prospective micro-longitudinal research project and reports on the association between SLC6A4 methylation and socio-emotional stress response in very preterm (VPT) and full-term (FT) infants. MATERIALS & METHODS: SLC6A4 methylation was assessed at birth and discharge in 32 VPT infants, and at birth in 27 FT infants. Socio-emotional stress response (i.e., negative emotionality) was assessed at 3 months (corrected age). RESULTS: Negative emotionality was higher in VPTs compared with FT counterpart...
July 2016: Epigenomics
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