Tryptophan hydroxylase 2 G703T polymorphism and the temperament and character in a Korean population

Seung Min Bae, Seog Ju Kim, Seong Jin Cho, In Hee Cho, Yu Jin Lee, Seung Gul Kang, Jung Eun Choi, Heon Jeong Lee

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Objective: We aimed to investigate the association between the tryptophan hydroxylase 2 (TPH2) G703T polymorphism and personality traits in a Korean population. The interaction between the TPH2 polymorphism and recent negative stressors in personality traits were also explored. Methods: The TPH2 G703T polymorphism was genotyped in 369 community-dwelling Koreans (143 male, 226 female, 42.6±13.7 years old). The Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) was sell-administered. Face-to-face interviews, investigating negative life stressors within the last 6 months, were also performed. Results: There was no significant difference in TCI score among the three genotypes (93 G/G, 171 G/T, and 105 T/T subjects). There was also no significant difference in TCI scores between subjects experiencing stressors and those without stressors. However, there was a significant interaction between the TPH2 genotype and negative life stressors in the temperament of persistence (PS) (p=0.03); only subjects with the T/T genotype showed decreased PS with recent negative stressors. Conclusion: We could not find a direct association between the TPH2 G703T polymorphism and personality traits. However, our findings suggest that the TPH2 G703T polymorphism might influence PS by interacting with a recent negative stress experience. Copyright

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-44
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Apr


  • Persistence
  • Personality
  • Serotonin
  • Stress
  • Tryptophan hydroxylase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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