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Korean J Biol Psychiatry. 2011 Nov;18(4):254-259. Korean. Original Article.
Jeon Y , Choi Y , Kim JH , Jung JJ , Kim DJ , Yu S , Im JJ , Lee JH .
Department of Psychiatry, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. junghyunlee@snu.ac.kr
Department of Life Sciences, Ewha Womans University College of Natural Sciences, Seoul, Korea.
Abstract

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess variations in caudate volume according to dopamin receptor D2/ankyin repeat and kinase domain containing 1 (DRD2/ANKK1) Taq 1a polymorphisms in young healthy adults and to evaluate the relationship between caudate volumes and psychiatric symptoms as measured by the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale. METHODS: Genetic information regarding DRD2/ANKK1 Taq 1a and T1-weighted brain magnetic resonance images were acquired from 30 young healthy adults. Automatic segmentation of caudate was performed using the FreeSurfer program. RESULTS: Individuals with A2 homozygotes of DRD2/ANKK1 Taq 1a polymorphisms (n = 10) had greater right caudate volumes compared to those with A1 allele (s)(18.4% greater ; p = 0.019). Right caudate volumes were negatively associated with total scores of the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (beta=-0.50 ; p = 0.016). CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest the possibility that DRD2/ANKK1 Taq 1a polymorphisms may underlie the psychiatric symptoms by influencing the structure of the right caudate.

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