Monoamine oxidase a gene polymorphisms and self reported aggressive behaviour in a Pakistani ethnic group

Syed Shoaib Shah, Aisha Mohyuddin, Vincenza Colonna, Syed Qasimmehdi, Qasim Ayub

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Objective: To investigate the association of monoamine oxidase Agene polymorphisms with aggression. Methods: The study was conducted in an ethnic community in Lahore, Pakistan, from August 2008 to December 2009 on the basis of data that was collected through a questionnaire between August 2004 and September 2005. It analysed 10 single nucleotide polymorphisms of monoamine oxidase A in unrelated males from the same ethnic background who were administered a Punjabi translation of the Buss and Perry aggression questionnaire. SPSS 13 was used for statistical analysis. Results: Of the total 133 haplotypes studied, 52(39%) were Haplotype A, 58(43.6%) B, 8(6%) C, 3(2.3%) D, 9(6.8%) E and 3(2.3%) F. The six haplotypes were analysed for association with scores of the four subscales of the aggression questionnaire and multivariate analysis of variance showed no significant differences (p>0.05 each) in the error variances of the total scores and scores for three of the sub-scales across the haplotypes. The variance was significantly different only for the anger sub-scale (p<0.05). Conclusion: The association of an extended haplotype with low levels of self-reported aggression in this study should assist in characterisation of functional variants responsible for non-aggressive behaviour in male subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)818-824
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Aggression
  • Behaviour
  • Behavioural Genetics
  • MAOA

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