DRD2 genotype-based variation of default mode network activity and of its relationship with striatal DAT binding

Fabio Sambataro, Leonardo Fazio, Paolo Taurisano, Barbara Gelao, Annamaria Porcelli, Marina Mancini, Lorenzo Sinibaldi, Gianluca Ursini, Rita Masellis, Grazia Caforio, Annabella Di Giorgio, Artor Niccoli-Asabella, Teresa Popolizio, Giuseppe Blasi, Alessandro Bertolino

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Abstract

The default mode network (DMN) comprises a set of brain regions with increased activity during rest relative to cognitive processing. Activity in the DMN is associated with functional connections with the striatum and dopamine (DA) levels in this brain region. A functional single-nucleotide polymorphism within the dopamine D2 receptor gene (DRD2, rs1076560 G > T) shifts splicing of the 2 D2 isoforms, D2 short and D2 long, and has been associated with striatal DA signaling as well as with cognitive processing. However, the effects of this polymorphism on DMN have not been explored. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of rs1076560 on DMN and striatal connectivity and on their relationship with striatal DA signaling. Twenty-eight subjects genotyped for rs1076560 underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging during a working memory task and 123 55 I-Fluoropropyl-2-beta-carbomethoxy-3-beta(4-iodophenyl) nortropan Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography ([123I]-FP-CIT SPECT) imaging (a measure of dopamine transporter [DAT] binding). Spatial group-independent component (IC) analysis was used to identify DMN and striatal ICs. Within the anterior DMN IC, GG subjects had relatively greater connectivity in medial prefrontal cortex (MPFC), which was directly correlated with striatal DAT binding. Within the posterior DMN IC, GG subjects had reduced connectivity in posterior cingulate relative to T carriers. Additionally, rs1076560 genotype predicted connectivity differences within a striatal network, and these changes were correlated with connectivity in MPFC and posterior cingulate within the DMN. These results suggest that genetically determined D2 receptor signaling is associated with DMN connectivity and that these changes are correlated with striatal function and presynaptic DA signaling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-216
Number of pages11
JournalSchizophrenia Bulletin
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

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Keywords

  • default mode network
  • dopamine
  • DRD2
  • functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • single-photon emission computerized tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Sambataro, F., Fazio, L., Taurisano, P., Gelao, B., Porcelli, A., Mancini, M., Sinibaldi, L., Ursini, G., Masellis, R., Caforio, G., Di Giorgio, A., Niccoli-Asabella, A., Popolizio, T., Blasi, G., & Bertolino, A. (2013). DRD2 genotype-based variation of default mode network activity and of its relationship with striatal DAT binding. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 39(1), 206-216. https://doi.org/10.1093/schbul/sbr128