作者: 陈明 译 / 7126次阅读 时间: 2017年6月08日
来源: Christian Jarrett 标签: 基因 人格
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Many of the same genes that influence our personality also affect our mental health
Christian Jarrett
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3xr Yv R;z1?6Q0We know from twin and family studies that our personality is to a large degree – probably around 40 per cent – inherited. Geneticists are busy trying to find the specific gene variants involved, but because each one on its own only exerts a modest influence, this is challenging research requiring huge samples. A new study in Nature Genetics has made a significant contribution, using the technique of Genome Wide Analysis to look for genetic variants that correlate with personality. The researchers led by Min-Tzu Lo at the University of California, San Diego have identified variations in six genetic loci that correlate with different personality trait scores, five of which were previously unknown. In a separate analysis, the researchers also showed that many of the genetic variants involved in personality overlap with those involved in the risk of developing mental health disorders.心理学空间]!u'i{d)Dj2Ax

;Dci ^ |!_Y0我们从双胞胎和家庭研究中了解到,我们的人格在很大程度上——大概40%左右——来自于遗传。遗传学家正忙于寻找相关的特定基因变异,但由于每一个基因本身只起到了适度的影响,所以这一挑战性的研究需要大量样本。一项新的自然遗传学的研究作出了重大贡献,这项研究利用全基因组分析技术寻找与人格相关的基因变异。由圣地亚哥加利福尼亚大学Min Tzu Lo带领的研究人员已经确定了六个与不同人格特质相关的基因位点的变异,其中五个是以前未知的。在另一项分析中,研究人员还发现,许多与人格有关的基因变异,也和精神健康障碍的发生有关。心理学空间i+Z?7k\iI+I3k


The researchers analysed the genomes of hundreds of thousands of people, including clients of 23andMe – a commercial service that promises to inform customers about their ancestry and health based on their DNA (usefully for present purposes, the company also asks its clients to complete personality questionnaires). Among the genetic loci the researchers identified as being linked with personality, the most influential correlated with Neuroticism scores and was on a region of chromosome 8 (specifically 8p23.1) that is known to be involved in nervous system development and developmental neuropsychiatric disorders. Another that was linked with extraversion scores was on a region of chromosome 12 (specifically 12q23.3) that has also been highlighted in genetic research into bipolar disorder.心理学空间Sr iq+Tc s7FW&s



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The researchers also compared the gene/personality correlations in their massive data sets with similar records previously obtained by the Psychiatric Genetics Consortium to look for genetic influences on mental health disorders. This showed substantial genetic correlations between personality and psychiatric disorders – that is, many of the genetic influences on personality are also implicated in the risk of developing various mental health disorders. This makes sense given what we already know about the influence of personality on mental health – for instance, high scorers on Neuroticism are at increased risk of anxiety and depression, while high scorers on Extraversion and Openness to Experience are more likely than others to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

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The genetic findings largely matched this picture. For instance, in terms of shared genetic influences, the trait of Openness to Experience, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia tended to cluster together, as did Neuroticism and Depression, and Extraversion and ADHD.

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Another test the researchers were able to do was to see what proportion of the variation in the participants’ personality traits could be traced to differences in their genome – in other words to estimate the genetic heritability for each of the Big Five traits. Based on an analysis of over one million genetic variants (single-nucleotide polymorphisms; SNPs) present in the 59,000+ clients of 23andMe, the researchers found that Extraversion was the most strongly heritable trait with 18 per cent of variation in this trait traceable to differences in the genome (the estimates for Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Neuroticism and Openness were 8 per cent, 9 per cent, 11 per cent and 10 per cent, respectively). As expected, these heritability estimates for personality are lower than those found in twin and family studies – among the reasons for this is the fact the researchers were only able to look at a fraction of the genetic variants that may play a role in personality, and were unable to explore ways that genes interact with the environment.

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Dl%va/z$` M6R_ XX0研究人员能够做的另一项试验是,了解参与者人格特征变异的比例,这些特质可以追溯到他们基因组中差异——换句话说,评估大五人格特质基因遗传可能性。通过对23andme的59000+客户的一百多万种的遗传变异的分析(单核苷酸多态性;SNPs),研究人员发现,在18%的基因组的可追溯基因差异中,外倾性是最强烈的遗传性状(宜人性、尽责性、神经质和开放性的评估分别为8%,9%和11%,10%,)。正如预期的那样,这些遗传性的估值低于双胞胎和家庭研究中发现的遗传性估值——其中的一个原因是,事实上,在人格中发挥作用的遗传变异中,研究者们只能看到其中的很一小部分,而无法探索基因与环境相互作用。

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The researchers said that overall their results are consistent with the idea that “maladaptive or extreme variants of personality may contribute to the persistence of, or vulnerability to, psychiatric disorders and comorbidity”. They ended with a note about keeping things in perspective. “Personality traits are probably influenced by many genetic variants and gene-environment interactions,” they said. “Researchers are only beginning to understand the genetics of personality and their relation to psychiatric disorders.” In other words, these are important findings, but they are just one small piece in a growing genetic jigsaw puzzle that might one day contribute to improving people’s mental health.心理学空间R'tAy5u!d



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