Further evidence for an association of 5-HTTLPR with intensity dependence of auditory-evoked potentials
2006 (English)In: Neuropsychopharmacology, ISSN 0893-133X, E-ISSN 1470-634X, Vol. 31, no 9, 2047-2054 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Intensity dependence of auditory-evoked potentials (IAEP) has been suggested as an indicator of central serotonergic neurotransmission. Two recent studies investigated a possible association of IAEP with a functional polymorphism in the transcriptional control region of the serotonin transporter gene (5-HTTLPR) that has a short (s) and a long (l) variant. Although both studies found an association between 5-HTTLPR and IAEP, Gallinat et al found l/l individuals to exhibit lower IAEP, whereas Strobel et al observed stronger IAEP in l/l individuals. These conflicting results require further evaluation and more attention needs to be paid to variables that are known to be confounded with the effects of IAEP and 5-HTTLPR. Using a paradigm comparable to Strobel et al, the present study analyzes the effect of 5-HTTLPR on IAEP in a healthy male student sample (N=91; age=23 years, SD=1.9) that was homogenous for most significant confounding variables. A stronger IAEP was shown in l/l individuals, irrespective of the method of IAEP parametrization. This also held at retest after 3 weeks in a subsample (N=18). Given the successful replication of Strobel et al, several possible reasons for conflicting results with regard to Gallinat et al are discussed. It is argued that the most significant difference between Gallinat et al on the one hand, and Strobel et al and this study on the other, is that different intensity ranges are used which impact IAEP. Therefore, this study encourages further analysis of dose dependence of results.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 31, no 9, 2047-2054 p.
serotonin transporter, genetic polymorphism, 5-HTTLPR, endophenotype, auditory-evoked potentials, intensity dependence
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-102700DOI: 10.1038/sj.npp.1301020ISI: 000239920400021PubMedID: 16421513OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-102700DiVA: diva2:216675