The tendency to seek stimulating activities and intense sensations define excitement-seeking, a personality trait akin to some aspects of sensation-seeking. This trait is a central feature of extraversion and is a component of the multifaceted impulsivity construct. Those who score high on measures of excitement-seeking are more likely to smoke, use other drugs, gamble, drive recklessly, have unsafe/unprotected sex and engage in other risky behaviors of clinical and social relevance. To identify common genetic variants associated with the Excitement-Seeking scale of the Revised NEO Personality Inventory, we performed genome-wide association studies in six samples of European ancestry (N = 7860), and combined the results in a meta-analysis. We identified a genome-wide significant association between the Excitement-Seeking scale and rs7600563 (P = 2 x 10(-8)). This single-nucleotide polymorphism maps within the catenin cadherin-associated protein, alpha 2 (CTNNA2) gene, which encodes for a brain-expressed a-catenin critical for synaptic contact. The effect of rs7600563 was in the same direction in all six samples, but did not replicate in additional samples (N = 5105). The results provide insight into the genetics of excitement-seeking and risk-taking, and are relevant to hyperactivity, substance use, antisocial and bipolar disorders. Translational Psychiatry (2011) 1, e49; doi:10.1038/tp.2011.42; published online 18 October 2011

Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies identifies common variants in CTNNA2 associated with excitement-seeking / Terracciano, A; Esko, T; Sutin, Ar; de Moor, Mhm; Meirelles, O; Zhu, G; Tanaka, T; Giegling, I; Nutile, T; Realo, A; Allik, J; Hansell, Nk; Wright, Mj; Montgomery, Gw; Willemsen, G; Hottenga, Jj; Friedl, M; Ruggiero, D; Sorice, R; Sanna, S; Cannas, A; Raikkonen, K; Widen, E; Palotie, A; Eriksson, Jg; Cucca, Francesco; Krueger, Rf; Lahti, J; Luciano, M; Smoller, Jw; van Duijn, Cm; Abecasis, Gr; Boomsma, Di; Ciullo, M; Costa, Pt; Ferrucci, L; Martin, Ng; Metspalu, A; Rujescu, D; Schlessinger, D; Uda, M.. - In: TRANSLATIONAL PSYCHIATRY. - ISSN 2158-3188. - 1:(2011). [10.1038/tp.2011.42]

Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies identifies common variants in CTNNA2 associated with excitement-seeking

CUCCA, Francesco;
2011-01-01

Abstract

The tendency to seek stimulating activities and intense sensations define excitement-seeking, a personality trait akin to some aspects of sensation-seeking. This trait is a central feature of extraversion and is a component of the multifaceted impulsivity construct. Those who score high on measures of excitement-seeking are more likely to smoke, use other drugs, gamble, drive recklessly, have unsafe/unprotected sex and engage in other risky behaviors of clinical and social relevance. To identify common genetic variants associated with the Excitement-Seeking scale of the Revised NEO Personality Inventory, we performed genome-wide association studies in six samples of European ancestry (N = 7860), and combined the results in a meta-analysis. We identified a genome-wide significant association between the Excitement-Seeking scale and rs7600563 (P = 2 x 10(-8)). This single-nucleotide polymorphism maps within the catenin cadherin-associated protein, alpha 2 (CTNNA2) gene, which encodes for a brain-expressed a-catenin critical for synaptic contact. The effect of rs7600563 was in the same direction in all six samples, but did not replicate in additional samples (N = 5105). The results provide insight into the genetics of excitement-seeking and risk-taking, and are relevant to hyperactivity, substance use, antisocial and bipolar disorders. Translational Psychiatry (2011) 1, e49; doi:10.1038/tp.2011.42; published online 18 October 2011
Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies identifies common variants in CTNNA2 associated with excitement-seeking / Terracciano, A; Esko, T; Sutin, Ar; de Moor, Mhm; Meirelles, O; Zhu, G; Tanaka, T; Giegling, I; Nutile, T; Realo, A; Allik, J; Hansell, Nk; Wright, Mj; Montgomery, Gw; Willemsen, G; Hottenga, Jj; Friedl, M; Ruggiero, D; Sorice, R; Sanna, S; Cannas, A; Raikkonen, K; Widen, E; Palotie, A; Eriksson, Jg; Cucca, Francesco; Krueger, Rf; Lahti, J; Luciano, M; Smoller, Jw; van Duijn, Cm; Abecasis, Gr; Boomsma, Di; Ciullo, M; Costa, Pt; Ferrucci, L; Martin, Ng; Metspalu, A; Rujescu, D; Schlessinger, D; Uda, M.. - In: TRANSLATIONAL PSYCHIATRY. - ISSN 2158-3188. - 1:(2011). [10.1038/tp.2011.42]
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