Evidence from previous studies has reported that complex traits, including psychiatric disorders, are moderately to highly heritable. Moreover, it has also been shown that specific personality traits may increase the risk to develop mental illnesses. Therefore the focus of the research shifted towards the identification of the biological mechanisms underpinning these traits by exploring the effects of a constellation of genetic polymorphisms in healthy subjects. Indeed, studying the effect of genetic variants in normal personality provides a unique means for identifying candidate genes which may increase the risk for psychiatric disorders. In this review, we discuss the impact of two of the most frequently studied genetic polymorphisms on personality in healthy subjects, the 5-HTT polymorphism of the serotonin transporter and the DRD2/DRD4 polymorphisms of the D2/D4 dopamine's receptors. The main aims are: (a) to highlight that the study of candidate genes provides a fruitful ground for the identification of the biological underpinnings of personality without, though, reaching a general consensus about the strength of this relationship; and (b) to outline that the research in personality genetics should be expanded to provide a clearer picture of the heritability of personality traits.
The association between the serotonin and dopamine neurotransmitters and personality traits / G. Delvecchio, M. Bellani, A.C. Altamura, P. Brambilla. - In: EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRIC SCIENCES. - ISSN 2045-7960. - 25:2(2016), pp. 109-112.
|Titolo:||The association between the serotonin and dopamine neurotransmitters and personality traits|
BRAMBILLA, PAOLO (Corresponding)
|Parole Chiave:||Attitudes; biological markers; neurophysiology; risk factors; Dopamine; Genotype; Humans; Neurotransmitter Agents; Personality; Polymorphism, Genetic; Receptors, Dopamine D2; Receptors, Dopamine D4; Serotonin; Serotonin Plasma Membrane Transport Proteins|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/25 - Psichiatria|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S2045796015001146|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|