Serotonin transporter polymorphisms (SLC6A4 insertion/deletion and rs25531) do not affect the availability of 5-HTT to [11C] DASB binding in the living human brain

N.V. Murthy, S. Selvaraj*, P.J. Cowen, Z. Bhagwagar, W.J. Riedel, P. Peers, J.L. Kennedy, B.J. Sahakian, M.A. Laruelle, E.A. Rabiner, P.M. Grasby

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Abstract

Studies in vitro suggest that the expression of the serotonin transporter (5-HTT) is regulated by polymorphic variation in the promoter region of the 5-HTT gene (5-HTTLPR). however, results from human brain imaging studies examining the relation between 5-HTT genotype and 5-HTT radioligand binding in vivo have been inconsistent This inconsistency could reflect small participant numbers or the use of sub-optimal radiotracer for measuring the 5-HTT We used positron emission tomography in conjunction with the selective 5-HTT ligand [C-11] DASB to examine the availability of the 5-HTT in seven brain regions in 63 healthy European caucasian volunteers who were genotyped for short (S) and long (L) variants (SLC6A4 and rs25531) of the 5-HTTLPR. [C-11] DASB binding potential was not influenced by the allelic status of participants whether classified on a biallelic or triallelic basis in any of the regions studied Our PET findings, in a relatively large sample with a near optimal radiotracer, suggest that 5-HTTLPR polymorphic variation does not affect the availability of 5-HTT to h DASB binding in adult human brain. The reported Impact of 5-HTTLPR polymorphic variation on emotional processing and vulnerability to depression are more likely therefore to be expressed through effects exerted during neurodevelopment

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-54
Number of pages5
JournalNeuroimage
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2010

Keywords

  • 5-HTTLPR
  • AMYGDALA
  • ASSOCIATION
  • DEPRESSED-PATIENTS
  • FUNCTIONAL POLYMORPHISM
  • GENE
  • GENOTYPE
  • Gene
  • IN-VIVO
  • METAANALYSIS
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • POSITRON-EMISSION-TOMOGRAPHY
  • PROMOTER REGION
  • Positron emission tomography
  • SERT
  • [C-11] DASB

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