Genetic Findings In Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

July 20, 1997

M Gill, G Daly, S Heron, Z Hawi, M Fitzgerald Departments of Psychiatry and Genetics, Trinity College, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, St James' Hospital, Dublin 2, Ireland
Attention deficit hyperactivity is a common disorder of childhood which has a strong genetic component and which responds to treatment with stimulant drugs which inhibit the dopamine transporter (DAT1). The authors examined the frequency of alleles of a repeat polymorphism in the 3' untranslated region of the DAT1 gene transmitted and not transmitted to ADHD probands from their parents and found a significant excess of transmission of the 480bp allele.The authors have confirmed the association previously found by Cook et al. Further molecular and biochemical analysis will be required to identify the DNA variants/mutations within the DAT1 gene that contribute to susceptibility. For further information, please contact the corresponding author, Dr. Michael Gill, Departments of Psychiatry and Genetics, Trinity College, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences St. James' Hospital, James' Street, Dublin 8, Ireland, Telephone and Fax (353-1)702 2241, e-mail:
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