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Nat Neurosci. 2007 Sep;10(9):1137-9. Epub 2007 Jul 29.

A deletion variant of the alpha2b-adrenoceptor is related to emotional memory in Europeans and Africans.

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Division of Psychiatry Research, University of Zürich, Lenggstr. 31, 8032 Zürich, Switzerland. quervain@bli.unizh.ch

Abstract

Emotionally arousing events are recalled better than neutral events. This phenomenon, which helps us to remember important and potentially vital information, depends on the activation of noradrenergic transmission in the brain. Here we show that a deletion variant of ADRA2B, the gene encoding the alpha2b-adrenergic receptor, is related to enhanced emotional memory in healthy Swiss subjects and in survivors of the Rwandan civil war who experienced highly aversive emotional situations.

PMID:
17660814
DOI:
10.1038/nn1945
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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