Lithium is one of the most commonly used drugs for the treatment of bipolar disorder. To prescribe lithium appropriately to patients, predictors of response to this drug were explored, and several genetic markers are considered to be good candidates. We previously reported a significant association between genetic variations in the breakpoint cluster region (BCR) gene and bipolar disorder. In this study, we examined a possible relationship between response to maintenance treatment of lithium and Asn796Ser single-nucleotide polymorphism in the BCR gene. Genotyping was performed in 161 bipolar patients who had been taking lithium for at least 1 year, and they were classified into responders for lithium mono-therapy and non-responders. We found that the allele frequency of Ser796 was significantly higher in non-responders than in responders. Further investigation is warranted to confirm our findings.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry|
|Publication status||Published - 01-01-2008|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biological Psychiatry