Pharmacogenetics of antidepressant response. J Psychiatry Neurosci

Institute of Psychiatry, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.
Journal of psychiatry & neuroscience: JPN (Impact Factor: 5.86). 03/2011; 36(2):87-113. DOI: 10.1503/jpn.100059
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Personalized medicine - the adaptation of therapies based on an individual's genetic and molecular profile - is one of the most promising aspects of modern medicine. The identification of the relation between genotype and drug response, including both the therapeutic effect and side effect profile, is expected to deeply affect medical practice. In this paper, we review the current knowledge about the genes related to antidepressant treatment response and provide methodologic proposals for future studies. We have mainly focused on genes associated with pharmacodynamics, for which a list of promising genes has been identified despite some inconsistency across studies. We have also synthesized the main results for pharmacokinetic genes, although so far they seem less relevant than those for pharmaco dynamic genes. We discuss possible reasons for these inconsistent findings and propose new study designs.

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    • "ollock , 2008 ) , suggesting a rs4795541 allele dose - dependent 5 - HT reuptake from the syn - aptic cleft ( Lesch et al . , 1996 ) . Many studies investigated the SLC6A4 gene locus role in the SSRI treatment response of MDD and their findings are still a theme of debate ( Huezo - Diaz et al . , 2009 ; Keers , 2011 ; Kraft et al . , 2005 , 2007 ; Porcelli et al . , 2011 , 2012 ; Taylor et al . , 2010 ) . On the other hand , the few studies conducted on LLD patients did not consider the whole SLC6A4 locus , focusing only on rs4795541 alleles ( Alexopoulos et al . , 2009 ; Durham et al . , 2004 ; Kim et al . , 2006 ; Lotrich et al . , 2008 ; Murphy et al . , 2004 ; Pollock et al . , 2000 ) . Given the ab"
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