Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 377–385

Clinical Efficacy of Fluvoxamine and Functional Polymorphism in a Serotonin Transporter Gene on Childhood Autism

Authors

    • Department of PediatricsHamamatsu University School of Medicine
    • Department of Pediatric NeurologyHamamatsu City Medical Center for Developmental Medicine
  • Hideo Sugie
    • Department of Pediatric NeurologyHamamatsu City Medical Center for Developmental Medicine
  • Tokiko Fukuda
    • Department of Pediatric NeurologyHamamatsu City Medical Center for Developmental Medicine
  • Masataka Ito
    • Department of Pediatric NeurologyHamamatsu City Medical Center for Developmental Medicine
  • Yumiko Sasada
    • Division of Clinical PsychologyHamamatsu City Medical Center for Developmental Medicine
  • Mutsumi Nakabayashi
    • Division of Clinical PsychologyHamamatsu City Medical Center for Developmental Medicine
  • Kazunobu Fukashiro
    • Division of Clinical PsychologyHamamatsu City Medical Center for Developmental Medicine
  • Takehiko Ohzeki
    • Department of PediatricsHamamatsu University School of Medicine
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-005-3305-2

Cite this article as:
Sugie, Y., Sugie, H., Fukuda, T. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2005) 35: 377. doi:10.1007/s10803-005-3305-2

Abstract

We studied the correlation between response to fluvoxamine and serotonin transporter gene promoter region polymorphism (5-HTTLPR). Eighteen children with autistic disorder completed a 12-week double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized crossover study of fluvoxamine. Behavioral assessments were obtained before and at 12 weeks of treatment. 5-HTTLPR (long (l) or short(s)), was analyzed by the PCR method. Ten out of 18 patients responded to fluvoxamine treatment; allele type analysis revealed that clinical global effectiveness was noted significantly more in the l allele than in the s allele. However, with respect to language use, a significant effectiveness was noted in the s allele. 5-HTTLPR may influence the individual responses to fluvoxamine administration.

Keywords

Autistic disorderselective serotonin transporter inhibiterserotonin transporter gene5-HTTLPR

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005