Variation in RGS2 is associated with suicidal ideation in an epidemiological study of adults exposed to the 2004 Florida hurricanes

Arch Suicide Res. 2009;13(4):349-57. doi: 10.1080/13811110903266541.


This study examined whether rs4606, a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the translated region at the 3' end of RGS2, was related to suicidal ideation in an epidemiologic sample of adults living in areas affected by the 2004 Florida hurricanes. An epidemiologic sample of residents of Florida was recruited via random digit-dial procedures after the 2004 Florida hurricanes; participants were interviewed about suicidal ideation, hurricane exposure, and social support. Participants who returned buccal DNA samples via mail (n = 607) were included here. Rs4606 in RGS2 was associated with increased symptoms of current suicidal ideation (p < 0.01). Each "C" allele was associated with 5.59 times increased risk of having current ideation. No gene-by-environment interactions were found, perhaps due to low power. RGS2 rs4606 is related to risk of current suicidal ideation in stressor-exposed adults.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cyclonic Storms*
  • Female
  • Florida
  • Humans
  • Imagination
  • Life Change Events
  • Male
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide*
  • RGS Proteins / genetics*
  • Risk Factors
  • Self-Injurious Behavior / genetics*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / epidemiology
  • Suicide, Attempted / psychology
  • Suicide, Attempted / statistics & numerical data*
  • Young Adult


  • RGS Proteins
  • RGS2 protein, human