Impact of a common genetic variation associated with putamen volume on neural mechanisms of ADHD

Xu, Bing, Jia, Tianye, Macare, Christine, Banaschewski, Tobias, Bokde, Arun L.W., Bromberg, Uli, Büchel, Christian, Cattrell, Anna, Conrod, Patricia J., Flor, Herta, Frouin, Vincent, Gallinat, Jürgen, Garavan, Hugh, Gowland, Penny A., Heinz, Andreas, Ittermann, Bernd, Martinot, Jean-Luc, Martinot, Marie-Laure Paillère, Nees, Frauke, Orfanos, Dimitri Papadopoulos, Paus, Tomáš, Poustka, Luise, Smolka, Michael N., Walter, Henrik, Whelan, Robert, Schumann, Gunter and Desrivières, Sylvane (2010) Impact of a common genetic variation associated with putamen volume on neural mechanisms of ADHD. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry . ISSN 1527-5418 (In Press)

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Objective: In a recent genome-wide association study of subcortical brain volumes, we have identified common genetic variation at rs945270 as having the strongest effect on putamen volume, a brain measure linked to familial risk for attentiondeficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). To determine whether rs945270 is a genetic determinant of ADHD, we now explored it impacts on ADHD related symptoms and on neural mechanisms of ADHD, such as response inhibition and reward sensitivity.

Method: We used a large population sample of 1,834 14 years old adolescents to test the effects of rs945270 on (i) ADHD symptoms accessed through the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) and (ii) Region-of interest (ROI) analyses of putamen activation by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) using the Stop Signal (SST) and monetary incentive delay (MID) tasks, assessing response inhibition and rewards sensitivity, respectively.

Results: We found a significant link between rs945270 and ADHD symptoms scores, the C-allele being associated with lower symptoms scores, most notably hyperactivity. We also observed sex-specific effects of this variant on the brain. In boys, the C-allele associated with lower putamen activity during successful response inhibition, a brain response that was not associated with ADHD symptoms. In girls, putamen activation during reward anticipation increased with the number of C-alleles, most significantly in the right putamen. Remarkably, right putamen activation during reward anticipation tended to negatively correlate with ADHD symptoms.

Conclusions: Our results indicate that rs945270 may contribute to the genetic risk of ADHD partly through its effects on hyperactivity and reward processing in girls.

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Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
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Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2017 13:28
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