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Title: Ethnic differences in the serotonin transporter polymorphism (5-HTTLPR) in several European populations.
Authors: Noskova, T
Pivac, N
Nedic, G
Kazantseva, A
Gaysina, D
Faskhutdinova, G
Gareeva, A
Khalilova, Z
Khusnutdinova, E
Kovacic, DK
Kovacic, Z
Jokic, M
Seler, DM
First Published: 1-Oct-2008
Citation: PROG NEUROPSYCHOPHARMACOL BIOL PSYCHIATRY, 2008, 32 (7), pp. 1735-1739
Abstract: The serotonin transporter (5-HTT) is a protein that has a major role in divergent psychiatric disorders, personality traits and behaviors, by regulating serotonergic synaptic function. Transcriptional activity of the 5-HTT gene (5-HTT or SLC6A4) is modulated by a polymorphic repetitive element (5-HTT gene-linked polymorphic region, 5-HTTLPR), which consists of a 44-base pairs insertion-deletion in the promoter region, creating a short (S) allele and a long (L) allele. Ethnic differences in the allele frequencies of the 5-HTTLPR exist between Caucasian and Asian populations. This study investigated ethnic differences in 5-HTTLPR in 1804 healthy Caucasian subjects from several European populations living in Croatia and the Russian Federation. The genotype and allele frequency of the 5-HTTLPR differed significantly (P<0.001) between male and female Croats, Russians, Tatars and Bashkirs, due to the lower frequency of the S allele (38% and 37%) and S/S genotype (14% and 15%) in Croat men and women compared to other studied groups. When male and female data were collapsed, Russians had marginally different allele and genotype distribution compared to Bashkirs and Tatars. Bashkirs and Tatars had similar allele and genotype frequency. The higher frequency of the S/S genotype was found in Tatars and Bashkirs compared to Croats and Russians. Gender related differences occurred only in the allele distribution within Bashkir population. These ethnic differences might be responsible for the inconsistent findings in the studies of the association between various psychiatric disorders, personality traits, behaviors and 5-HTTLPR across different ethnicities, and should be controlled to enable the generalization of results across various population groups.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.pnpbp.2008.07.012
ISSN: 0278-5846
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Psychology

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