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Shared Genetic Etiology Between Alcohol Dependence and Major Depressive Disorder

Foo, J., Streit, F., Treutlein, J., Ripke, S., Witt, S., Strohmaier, J., Degenhardt, F., Forstner, A.J., Hoffmann, P., Soyka, M., Dahmen, N., Scherbaum, N., Wodarz, N., Heilmann-Heimbach, S., Herms, S., Cichon, S., Preuss, U., Gaebel, W., Major Depressive Disorder Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Cons, , Jones, Lisa, Ridinger, M., Hoffmann, S., Schulze, T.G., Maier, W., Zill, P., Müller-Myhsok, B., Ising, M., Lucae, S., Nothen, M., Mann, K., Kiefer, F., Rietschel, M. and Frank, J. (2018) Shared Genetic Etiology Between Alcohol Dependence and Major Depressive Disorder. Psychiatric genetics, 28 (4). pp. 66-70. ISSN 0955-8829

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The clinical comorbidity of alcohol dependence (AD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) is well established, whereas genetic factors influencing co-occurrence remain unclear. A recent study using polygenic risk scores (PRS) calculated based on the first-wave Psychiatric Genomics Consortium MDD meta-analysis (PGC-MDD1) suggests a modest shared genetic contribution to MDD and AD. Using a (∼10 fold) larger discovery sample, we calculated PRS based on the second wave (PGC-MDD2) of results, in a severe AD case–control target sample. We found significant associations between AD disease status and MDD-PRS derived from both PGC-MDD2 (most informative P-threshold=1.0, P=0.00063, R2=0.533%) and PGCMDD1 (P-threshold=0.2, P=0.00014, R2=0.663%) metaanalyses; the larger discovery sample did not yield additional predictive power. In contrast, calculating PRS in a MDD target sample yielded increased power when using PGC-MDD2 (P-threshold=1.0, P=0.000038, R2=1.34%) versus PGC-MDD1 (P-threshold=1.0, P=0.0013, R2=0.81%). Furthermore, when calculating PGC-MDD2 PRS in a subsample of patients with AD recruited explicitly excluding comorbid MDD, significant associations were still found (n=331; P-threshold=1.0, P=0.042, R2=0.398%). Meanwhile, in the subset of patients in which MDD was not the explicit exclusion criteria, PRS predicted more variance (n=999; P-threshold=1.0, P=0.0003, R2=0.693%). Our findings replicate the reported genetic overlap between AD and MDD and also suggest the need for improved, rigorous phenotyping to identify true shared cross-disorder genetic factors. Larger target samples are needed to reduce noise and take advantage of increasing discovery sample size.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: depression, alcohol dependence, major depressive disorder, genetics, genetics etiology, disease comorbidity, genome-wide association studies
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Divisions (2019 and before) > Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Copyright Info: Open Access
Depositing User: Katherine Gordon-Smith
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2018 12:20
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2019 07:47

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