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  • Preferential transmission of paternal alleles at risk genes in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

    Published in:

    Am J Hum Genet, Vol: 77, Page: 958-65

    Publication Date:

    December 2005

    Aims & Objectives:

    The aim of this study was to examine monoaminergic candidate genes for possible genetic association with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder


    Family, twin, and adoption studies have demonstrated a significant genetic contribution to the etiology of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Pharmacological, neuroimaging, and animal-model findings suggest imbalances in monoaminergic (dopaminergic, serotonergic, and noradrenergic) neurotransmission in ADHD. We have examined monoaminergic candidate genes for possible genetic association with ADHD in the Irish population, focusing particularly on genes of the dopaminergic and serotonergic systems. We have observed that several of these genes are associated with ADHD, including DAT1, DBH, DRD4, DRD5, and 5HT1B. Here, we present what appears to be a systematic overtransmission of paternal alleles at candidate genes associated with ADHD. For the nine genes included in the analysis, the overall odds ratio for paternal transmission was 2, compared with 1.3 for maternal transmission (paternal vs. maternal chi 2=9.6; P=.0019). Transmission to females, from either parent, was significantly stronger than to males. Possible reasons for this preferential transmission include imprinting and ascertainment bias, although results of further analyses show that the latter is unlikely.


    Z. Hawi; R. Segurado; J. Conroy; K. Sheehan; N. Lowe; A. Kirley; D. Shields; M. Fitzgerald; L. Gallagher; M. Gill

    Study Type:

    Study Papers » Case Study » Descriptive Studies - Without a comparision


    attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder

    International Classification:

    Mental and behavioural disorders - Behavioural and emotional disorders with onset usually occurring in childhood and adolescence - attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder



    Republic of Ireland (Ireland)