Influence of TPH2 variants on diagnosis and response to treatment in patients with major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia

Alessandro Serretti, Alberto Chiesa, Stefano Porcelli, Changsu Han, Ashwin A. Patkar, Soo Jung Lee, Moon Ho Park, Chi Un Pae

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The present study is aimed at exploring whether some single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within the tryptophan hydroxylase 2 gene (TPH2) could be associated with major depression (MD), bipolar disorder (BD) and schizophrenia and whether they could predict clinical outcomes in Korean in-patients treated with antidepressants, mood stabilizers and antipsychotics, respectively. One hundred forty-five patients with MD, 132 patients with BD, 221 patients with schizophrenia and 170 psychiatrically healthy controls were genotyped for six TPH2 SNPs (rs4570625, rs10748185, rs11179027, rs1386498, rs4469933, and rs17110747). Baseline and final clinical measures, including the Montgomery-Åsberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS), Young Mania Rating Scale and Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale, for patients with MD, BD and schizophrenia, respectively were recorded. None of the SNPs under investigation were associated with MD, BD and schizophrenia. However, in patients with MD, the rs4570625-rs10748185 G-A haplotype was significantly associated with higher endpoint MADRS severity, though not with response. Our results suggest that TPH2 variants neither have a major role in MD, BD and schizophrenia nor in response to treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-32
Number of pages7
JournalPsychiatry Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug 30
Externally publishedYes

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Acknowledgments We thank all people at the PMMH workshop for their help with the experimental setup, in particular D. Pradal, who conceived and built most of its parts. We thank also X. Benoit-Gonin, M. Vilmay and G. Lemoult for the LabView interfacing, and S. Ramananarivo, V. Raspa, D. Kolomenskiy and G. Spedding for useful discussions. This work was supported by the French National Research Agency through project No. ANR-08-BLAN-0099 and by EADS Foundation through project “Fluids and elasticity in biomimetic propulsion”. M. C. acknowledges financial support from CONACyT and UNAM, México. P. J. acknowledges support from the Charpak Internship Program.


  • Bipolar disorder
  • Major depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Tryptophan hydroxylase 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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