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Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2003 Aug 15;121B(1):50-4.

Association of the 480 bp DAT1 allele with methylphenidate response in a sample of Irish children with ADHD.

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Departments of Psychiatry and Genetics, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.


Several studies have implicated the dopamine transporter gene (DAT1) as conferring susceptibility to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), in particular, a VNTR situated at the 3' end of the gene. In addition, the 10-repeat VNTR allele associated with ADHD has been reported to be associated with an over-active transporter protein (DAT). Thus children possessing this variant might be particularly responsive to methylphenidate, a drug known to act by blocking DAT. We have examined this hypothesis and now report an association between the 10-repeat VNTR DAT1 polymorphism and retrospectively rated methylphenidate response in a sample of 119 Irish children with ADHD (chi(2) = 7.918, df = 1, P = 0.005). Our findings suggest a role for the 10-repeat DAT1 risk allele in medication response and may help to predict positive clinical outcome in ADHD.

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