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Pharmacogenetics in affective disorders.

Pharmacogenetics will be of substantial help in the field of affective disorders pharmacotherapy. The possible definition of a genetic liability profile for drug side-effects and efficacy will be of great help in treatments that need weeks to months to be effective. During the last few years, a number of groups have reported possible liability genes. The efficacy and time of onset of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors have been associated with a polymorphism in the promoter region of the transporter (SERTPR) in many independent studies, while variants at the tryptophan hydroxylase gene, 5-HT2a receptor and G-protein beta3 have been associated with them in pilot studies. Lithium long-term prophylactic efficacy has been associated with SERTPR, TPH and inositol polyphosphate 1-phosphatase variants, though in unreplicated samples. A number of further candidate genes were not associated with these treatments. In conclusion, both acute and long-term treatments appear to be, at least to some extent, under genetic influence and preliminary data have identified possible liability genes.[1]


  1. Pharmacogenetics in affective disorders. Serretti, A., Lilli, R., Smeraldi, E. Eur. J. Pharmacol. (2002) [Pubmed]
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