rs2235067 is a SNP in the ABCB1 gene (also known as the MDR1 gene), which encodes a protein that transports certain molecules across the blood-brain barrier. SNPs in ABCB1 may thus influence the intracerebral concentrations of certain drugs and thus their efficacy or potential for adverse side effects. rs2235067 is one of 9 SNPs found within a tight linkage block (r2 >= 0.8 ) such that the minor allele at any one of them predicts (with ~80%+ accuracy) that the other SNPs will also be the minor allele. The list of the 9 SNPs is shown below.
When treated for depression with substrates of the protein encoded by ABCB1, carriers of one or two minor alleles at these ABCB1 SNPs have been reported to respond better than non-carriers. The antidepressant drugs that are known to be substrates include citalopram, paroxetine, amitriptyline, and venlafaxine. The relative odds of better response for rs2235067(G) carriers is 7.72 (CI: 2.8-21.3, p=0.000065) based on a study of ~400 primarily Caucasian patients.10.1016/j.neuron.2007.11.017
The 9 SNPs in the linkage block identified are 10.1016/j.neuron.2007.11.017:
[PMID 18424454] ABCB1 (MDR1) genetic variants are associated with methadone doses required for effective treatment of heroin dependence.