Association between gene polymorphisms of SLC22A3 and methamphetamine use disorder

Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2006 Oct;30(10):1644-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2006.00215.x.


Background: Methamphetamine (MAP) is one of the most frequently used illegal substances in Japan, and family and twin studies have suggested that genetic factors contribute to psychostimulant dependence, including MAP dependence. Organic cation transporter 3 (OCT3) has been reported to be involved in the disposition of MAP as well as MAP-induced behavioral changes in animals. Moreover, SLC22A3 (which encodes OCT3) is a candidate gene for MAP dependence because it is located within a chromosomal region associated with substance dependence.

Methods: Using 96 healthy control subjects, linkage disequilibrium (LD) within the SLC22A3 was investigated, and 5 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were selected as haplotype tag SNPs to search for an association with MAP dependence. Single-marker analyses and haplotype analyses of these SNPs were performed in 213 subjects with MAP dependence and 443 healthy controls.

Results: SLC22A3 polymorphisms were not significantly associated with MAP dependence in any of the single-marker and haplotype analyses. When subjects with MAP dependence were divided into polysubstance and single-MAP users, genotype and allele frequency of SNP2 (p=0.024, p=0.011, respectively), allele frequency of SNP3 (p=0.037), and haplotypic frequencies for these 2 SNPs (p=0.0438) differed significantly between groups.

Conclusions: These results suggest that polymorphisms of SLC22A3 are related to the development of polysubstance use in Japanese patients with MAP dependence.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alleles
  • Amphetamine-Related Disorders / genetics*
  • Amphetamine-Related Disorders / metabolism
  • Amphetamine-Related Disorders / psychology
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants / adverse effects*
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants / metabolism
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Gene Frequency / genetics
  • Genetic Markers / genetics
  • Genotype
  • Haplotypes / genetics
  • Humans
  • Japan
  • Linkage Disequilibrium / genetics
  • Male
  • Methamphetamine / adverse effects*
  • Methamphetamine / metabolism
  • Middle Aged
  • Organic Cation Transport Proteins / genetics*
  • Organic Cation Transport Proteins / metabolism
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide / genetics*


  • Central Nervous System Stimulants
  • Genetic Markers
  • Organic Cation Transport Proteins
  • solute carrier family 22 (organic cation transporter), member 3
  • Methamphetamine