Preliminary pharmacogenetic study to explore putative dopaminergic mechanisms of antidepressant action

Taichi Ochi, Natalya M. Vyalova, Innokentiy S. Losenkov, Diana Z. Paderina, Ivan V. Pozhidaev, Anton J.M. Loonen*, German G. Simutkin, Nikolay A. Bokhan, Bob Wilffert, Svetlana A. Ivanova

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Background: There is sufficient evidence that interference of dopaminergic neurotransmission contributes to the therapeutic effects of antidepressants in unipolar and bipolar depression. Methods: Hamilton depression rating scale (HAMD 17) scores of 163 at least moderately ill patients with major depressive disorders were used to establish treatment response. HAMD 17 score status was measured before initiation, after two weeks, and after four weeks of treatment with various antidepressants. The possible association between response and genotype in a total of 14 variants of dopamine neurotransmission-related proteins was investigated. Results: DRD4 rs11246226 CA heterozygous patients were found with a greater improvement of HAMD 17 score when compared to homozygous C patients during 0–2 weeks and 0–4 weeks. Patients with MAOB rs1799836 heterozygous GA and homozygous A also demonstrated improved scores during 2–4 weeks and 0–4 weeks. Conclusions: The results are preliminary due to the limited population size and the small number of variants. Further research into the involvement of habenular dopamine D4 receptors in the antidepressant response is desirable.

Original languageEnglish
Article number731
JournalJournal of personalized medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2021


  • Antidepressants
  • Depression
  • Dopamine
  • Dopaminergic pathway
  • Mood disorders
  • Pharmacogenetic

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