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ADCYAP1R1 Genotype, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Depression among Women Exposed to Childhood Maltreatment


Uddin, Monica; Chang, Shun-Chiao; Zhang, Chao; Ressler, Kerry J.; Mercer, Kristina B.; Galea, Sandro; Keyes, Katherine M.; McLaughlin, Katie A.; Wildman, Derek E.; & Aiello, Allison E., et al. (2013). ADCYAP1R1 Genotype, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Depression among Women Exposed to Childhood Maltreatment. Depression and Anxiety, 30(3), 251-258. PMCID: PMC4081452


BACKGROUND: A growing literature indicates that genetic variation, in combination with adverse early life experiences, shapes risk for later mental illness. Recent work also suggests that molecular variation at the ADCYAP1R1 locus is associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in women. We sought to test whether childhood maltreatment (CM) interacts with ADCYAP1R1 genotype to predict PTSD in women.
METHODS: Data were obtained from 495 adult female participants from the Detroit Neighborhood Health Study. Genotyping of rs2267735, an ADCYAP1R1 variant, was conducted via TaqMan assay. PTSD, depression, and CM exposure were assessed via structured interviews. Main and interacting effects of ADCYAP1R1 and CM levels on past month PTSD and posttraumatic stress (PTS) severity were examined using logistic regression and a general linear model, respectively. As a secondary analysis, we also assessed main and interacting effects of ADCYAP1R1 and CM variation on risk of past-month depression diagnosis and symptom severity.
RESULTS: No significant main effects were observed for ADCYAP1R1 genotype on either PTSD/PTS severity. In contrast, a significant ADCYAP1R1 x CM interaction was observed for both past month PTSD and PTS severity, with carriers of the "C" allele showing enhanced risk for these outcomes among women exposed to CM. No significant main or interaction effects were observed for past month depression/depression severity.
CONCLUSIONS: Genetic variation at the ADCYAP1R1 locus interacts with CM to shape risk of later PTSD, but not depression, among women. The molecular mechanisms contributing to this interaction require further investigation.


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Depression and Anxiety


Uddin, Monica
Chang, Shun-Chiao
Zhang, Chao
Ressler, Kerry J.
Mercer, Kristina B.
Galea, Sandro
Keyes, Katherine M.
McLaughlin, Katie A.
Wildman, Derek E.
Aiello, Allison E.
Koenen, Karestan C.