Genome-wide association study of suicidal ideation emerging during citalopram treatment of depressed outpatients

Gonzalo Laje, Andrew S. Allen, Nirmala Akula, Husseini Manji, A. John Rush, Francis J. McMahon

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OBJECTIVES: Suicidal ideation is an uncommon but worrisome symptom than can emerge during antidepressant treatment. We have described earlier the association between treatment-emergent suicidal ideation (TESI) and markers in genes encoding glutamate receptor subunits GRIK2 and GRIA3. The present genome-wide association study was conducted to identify additional genetic markers associated with TESI that may help identify individuals at high risk who may benefit from closer monitoring, alternative treatments, and/or specialty care. METHODS: A clinically representative cohort of outpatients with nonpsychotic major depressive disorder enrolled in the Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression (STAR*D) trial were treated with citalopram under a standard protocol for up to 14 weeks. DNA samples from 90 White participants who developed TESI and a sex-matched and race-matched equal number of treated participants who denied any suicidal ideas were genotyped with 109365 single nucleotide polymorphisms on the Illumina's Human-1 BeadChip. RESULTS: One marker was found to be associated with TESI in this sample at the experiment-wide adjusted P less than 0.05 level (marker rs11628713, allelic P=6.2×10, odds ratio=4.7, permutation P=0.01). A second marker was associated at the experiment-wide adjusted P=0.06 level (rs10903034, allelic P=3.02×10, odds ratio=2.7, permutation P=0.06). These markers reside within the genes PAPLN and IL28RA, respectively. PAPLN encodes papilin, a protoglycan-like sulfated glycoprotein. IL28RA encodes an interleukin receptor. CONCLUSION: Together with our earlier report, these findings may shed light on the biological basis of TESI and may help identify patients at increased risk of this potentially serious adverse event.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)666-674
Number of pages9
JournalPharmacogenetics and Genomics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Antidepressant
  • Citalopram
  • D
  • Genome-wide
  • Major depression
  • Pharmacogenetics
  • STAR
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor
  • Treatment-emergent suicidal ideation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)


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