Migraine headache: A review of the molecular genetics of a common disorder

Cherubino Di Lorenzo, Gaetano S. Grieco, Filippo M. Santorelli

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This tutorial summarises the state-of-the-art on migraine genetics and looks at the possible future direction of this field of research. The view of migraine as a genetic disorder, initially based on epidemiological observations of transmission of the condition within families, was subsequently confirmed by the identification of monogenic forms of "syndromic" migraine, such as familial hemiplegic migraine. We are currently witnessing a change in the way genetic analysis is used in migraine research: rather than studying modalities of inheritance in non-monogenic forms of migraine and in the persistent modalities of migraine headache, researchers are now tending to focus on the search for genetic markers of dysfunction in biological systems. One example of the evolution of migraine genetic research is provided by the recent efforts to shed light on the pharmacogenomic mechanisms of drug response in migraineurs. In addition, novel molecular approaches about to be introduced are expected to further increase knowledge on this topic and improve patient management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-580
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Headache and Pain
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


  • Familial hemiplegic migraine (FHM)
  • Genetics
  • Migraine
  • Pharmacogenomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology


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