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Biol Psychiatry. 2018 Jul 15;84(2):138-147. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2017.09.009. Epub 2017 Sep 21.

Does Childhood Trauma Moderate Polygenic Risk for Depression? A Meta-analysis of 5765 Subjects From the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium.

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Wray NR, Ripke S, Mattheisen M, Trzaskowski M, Byrne EM, Abdellaoui A, Adams MJ, Agerbo E, Air TM, Andlauer TFM, Bacanu SA, Bækvad-Hansen M, Beekman ATF, Bigdeli TB, Binder EB, Blackwood DHR, Bryois J, Buttenschøn HN, Bybjerg-Grauholm J, Cai N, Castelao E, Christensen JH, Clarke TK, Coleman JRI, Colodro-Conde L, Couvy-Duchesne B, Craddock N, Crawford GE, Davies G, Deary IJ, Degenhardt F, Derks EM, Direk N, Dolan CV, Dunn EC, Eley TC, Escott-Price V, Farnush, Kiadeh FH, Finucane HK, Forstner AJ, Frank J, Gaspar HA, Gill M, Goes FS, Gordon SD, Grove J, Hall LS, Hansen CS, Hansen TF, Herms S, Hickie IB, Hoffmann P, Homuth G, Horn C, Hottenga JJ, Hougaard DM, Ising M, Jansen R, Jorgenson E, Knowles JA, Kohane IS, Kraft J, Kretzschmar WW, Krogh J, Kutalik Z, Li Y, Lind PA, MacIntyre DJ, MacKinnon DF, Maier RM, Maier W, Marchini J, Mbarek H, McGrath P, McGuffin P, Medland SE, Mehta D, Middeldorp CM, Mihailov E, Milaneschi Y, Milani L, Mondimore FM, Montgomery GW, Mostafavi S, Mullins N, Nauck M, Ng B, Nivard MG, Nyholt DR, O'Reilly PF, Oskarsson H, Owen MJ, Painter JN, Pedersen CB, Pedersen MG, Peterson RE, Pettersson E, Peyrot WJ, Pistis G, Posthuma D, Quiroz JA, Qvist P, Rice JP, Riley BP, Rivera M, Mirza SS, Schoevers R, Schulte EC, Shen L, Shi J, Shyn SI, Sigurdsson E, Sinnamon GCB, Smit JH, Smith DJ, Stefansson H, Steinberg S, Streit F, Strohmaier J, Tansey KE, Teismann H, Teumer A, Thompson W, Thomson PA, Thorgeirsson TE, Traylor M, Treutlein J, Trubetskoy V, Uitterlinden AG, Umbricht D, Van der Auwera S, van Hemert AM, Viktorin A, Visscher PM, Wang Y, Webb BT, Weinsheimer SM, Wellmann J, Willemsen G, Witt SH, Wu Y, Xi HS, Yang J, Zhang F, Arolt V, Baune BT, Berger K, Boomsma DI, Cichon S, Dannlowski U, de Geus EJC, DePaulo JR, Domenici E, Domschke K, Esko T, Grabe HJ, Hamilton SP, Hayward C, Heath AC, Kendler KS, Kloiber S, Lewis G, Li QS, Lucae S, Madden PAF, Magnusson PK, Martin NG, McIntosh AM, Metspalu A, Mors O, Mortensen PB, Müller-Myhsok B, Nordentoft M, Nöthen MM, O'Donovan MC, Paciga SA, Pedersen NL, Penninx BWJH, Perlis RH, Porteous DJ, Potash JB, Preisig M, Rietschel M, Schaefer C, Schulze TG, Smoller JW, Stefansson K, Tiemeier H, Uher R, Völzke H, Weissman MM, Werge T, Lewis CM, Levinson DF, Breen G, Børglum AD, Sullivan PF.

Author information

1
Department of Psychiatry, VU University Medical Center and GGZ inGeest, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Electronic address: peyrot.w@gmail.com.
2
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Medicine Greifswald, Greifswald, Germany.
3
Department of Psychiatry, VU University Medical Center and GGZ inGeest, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
4
Department of Biological Psychology, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
5
Department of Psychiatry, Washington University Medical School, St. Louis, Missouri.
6
Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
7
Department of Genetic Epidemiology in Psychiatry, Central Institute of Mental Health, Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany.
8
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité-Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany; Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
9
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, UK.
10
Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia; Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
11
Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
12
Discipline of Psychiatry, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia.
13
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California.
14
Queensland Institute of Medical Research Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The heterogeneity of genetic effects on major depressive disorder (MDD) may be partly attributable to moderation of genetic effects by environment, such as exposure to childhood trauma (CT). Indeed, previous findings in two independent cohorts showed evidence for interaction between polygenic risk scores (PRSs) and CT, albeit in opposing directions. This study aims to meta-analyze MDD-PRS × CT interaction results across these two and other cohorts, while applying more accurate PRSs based on a larger discovery sample.

METHODS:

Data were combined from 3024 MDD cases and 2741 control subjects from nine cohorts contributing to the MDD Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium. MDD-PRS were based on a discovery sample of ∼110,000 independent individuals. CT was assessed as exposure to sexual or physical abuse during childhood. In a subset of 1957 cases and 2002 control subjects, a more detailed five-domain measure additionally included emotional abuse, physical neglect, and emotional neglect.

RESULTS:

MDD was associated with the MDD-PRS (odds ratio [OR] = 1.24, p = 3.6 × 10-5, R2 = 1.18%) and with CT (OR = 2.63, p = 3.5 × 10-18 and OR = 2.62, p = 1.4 ×10-5 for the two- and five-domain measures, respectively). No interaction was found between MDD-PRS and the two-domain and five-domain CT measure (OR = 1.00, p = .89 and OR = 1.05, p = .66).

CONCLUSIONS:

No meta-analytic evidence for interaction between MDD-PRS and CT was found. This suggests that the previously reported interaction effects, although both statistically significant, can best be interpreted as chance findings. Further research is required, but this study suggests that the genetic heterogeneity of MDD is not attributable to genome-wide moderation of genetic effects by CT.

KEYWORDS:

Childhood trauma; Depression; Genetics; Interaction; Meta-analysis; Polygenic risk

PMID:
29129318
PMCID:
PMC5862738
DOI:
10.1016/j.biopsych.2017.09.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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