Serotonin transporter polymorphisms

Reduced binding of imipramine and paroxetine to brain and platelet SERTs in patients with depression and suicide victims indicates that altered SERT function might contribute to aberrant behaviors. Two polymorphic regions have been identified in the SERT promoter and implicated in anxiety, mood disorders, alcohol abuse, and in various neuropsychiatric disorders.21 Thus, studies are emerging to support the notion that impaired regulation might contribute to human disease conditions such as those seen in human variants of the SERT coding region.

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