Disruption of circadian rhythms may be involved in the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders, including drug addiction. Recently, we detected the significant association between prokineticin 2 receptor gene (PROKR2) and Japanese methamphetamine dependence patients. Also, prokineticin 2 (PK2) gene deficient mice showed reduced physiological and behavioral parameters, including circadian locomotor activity, circulating glucocorticoid, glucose levels and the expression of peripheral clock genes compared with WT mice. These evidences indicate that PK2 gene (PROK2) is a good candidate gene for the pathogenesis of methamphetamine dependence. To evaluate the association between PROK2 and methamphetamine dependence, we conducted a case-control study of Japanese samples (215 methamphetamine dependence and 232 controls) with four tagging SNPs selected by HapMap database. The age and sex of the control subjects did not differ from those of the methamphetamine dependence patients. Written informed consent was obtained from each subject. This study was approved by the ethics committees at Fujita Health University, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine and each participating member of the Institute of the Japanese Genetics Initiative for Drug Abuse (JGIDA). We did not detect an association between PROK2 and Japanese methamphetamine dependence patients in allele/genotype-wise analysis, or the haplotype analysis. Our findings suggest that PROK2 does not play a major role in the pathophysiology of methamphetamine dependence in the Japanese population.
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