Evaluation of VNTR polymorphisms of dopamine transporter gene and the risk of bipolar disorder in Zahedan, southeast Iran

Document Type: Short communication


1 Health promotion research Center, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran

2 Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran

3 Cellular and Molecular Research Center, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran

4 Department of Clinical Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran


The exact role of dopamine transporter gene (DAT1) in the pathogenesis of bipolar disorder type 1 (BD) is not understood. In the present study, we aimed to evaluate the possible association between 30, 40 and 63 bp variable number tandem repeat (VNTR) polymorphisms of DAT1 gene and the risk of type 1 (BD) in a sample of Iranian population. This case-control study was performed on 152 BD patients and 153 psychiatrically healthy subjects. Genotyping of the variant was done by polymerase chain reaction method. Totally, the findings did not support an association between DAT1 VNTR polymorphisms and the risk of BD in a sample of southeast Iranian population.


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