PureGenomics® SNP Peek: DRD2

The SNP Peek series brings you concise, up-to-date information on genetic variations known as Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs), which affect a significant percentage of patients. The SNPs featured in this series are clinically relevant, nutritionally actionable and validated by published research. Featuring one SNP at a time, the series will educate readers about prevalence, important research findings, targeted nutritional supplements and monitoring.

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SNP PEEK DRD2 (Dopamine D2 receptor) C957T (rs6277)

The DRD2 gene encodes for dopamine receptor D2, one of five dopamine receptor subtypes expressed in high concentrations in the central nervous system. Mutations in this gene may influence dopamine signaling and, in turn, short-term memory performance.1-3

Who is Affected?

Association studies have been performed predominantly on Caucasian men and women of European descent. Preliminary evidence indicates that age may augment the significance of the C957T SNP, potentially due to an age-related decline in dopamine levels.2, 4-6

Clinical Relevance:

The C957T polymorphism may affect short-term memory performance.5-6

Key Research Findings:
  • The C/C genotype was associated with better episodic memory, as measured by the backward serial recall scores, in a study of 1,288 healthy adults.2
  • In a study of 236 healthy adults, subjects with the C/C genotype reported being more likely to enter into a state of “flow” or deep concentration, compared to subjects with the T/T genotype.5
  • After supplementation with tyrosine, subjects with the T/T genotype saw a greater improvement in short-term memory test scores compared to subjects with the C/C genotype.4
Diet & Lifestyle Recommendations

Consume a diet high in protein, fiber, whole grains, vegetables and fruits to support general brain health. Emphasize lean meats such as poultry, eggs and fish, which provide a rich source of amino acid precursors for dopamine and other neurotransmitter synthesis.

Pure Encapsulations® Products:
  • l-Tyrosine provides the free form amino acid tyrosine, a precursor required for the synthesis of catecholamine neurotransmitters: l-dopa, dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine.7-8
  • DopaPlus provides comprehensive support for dopamine synthesis. Key vitamins and minerals (folate, vitamin B6 and zinc) serve as essential cofactors for the production and utilization of dopamine. L-tyrosine and Mucuna pruriens (a rich source of L-DOPA) provide necessary precursors for the synthesis of dopamine and other neurotransmitters. Herbal and polyphenol-rich extracts maintain healthy neurotransmitter reuptake.9-15

Product selection should consider other factors, such as nutrient status (refer to suggested monitoring below), appraisal of mental/cognitive function, and other relevant information obtained through patient evaluation.

Assessment & Monitoring:

No assessment methods are currently available for this SNP.

To Learn More:

The following databases provide abstracts of published studies, scholarly reviews and other types of articles with reliable, up-to-date information. To retrieve all relevant published studies on DRD2, enter the accession number (rs6277) in the search field. Full text articles are available in open-access journals only.
PubMed: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed
Google Scholar: scholar.google.com
SNPedia: SNPedia.com

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