Effects of AKAP5 Pro100Leu Genotype on Working Memory for Emotional Stimuli

Sylvia Richter, Xenia Gorny, Judith Machts, Gusalija Behnisch, Torsten Wüstenberg, Maike C. Herbort, Thomas F. Münte, Constanze I. Seidenbecher, Björn H. Schott

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Recent investigations addressing the role of the synaptic multiadaptor molecule AKAP5 in human emotion and behavior suggest that the AKAP5 Pro100Leu polymorphism (rs2230491) contributes to individual differences in affective control. Carriers of the less common Leu allele show a higher control of anger as indicated by behavioral measures and dACC brain response on emotional distracters when compared to Pro homozygotes. In the current fMRI study we used an emotional working memory task according to the n-back scheme with neutral and negative emotional faces as target stimuli. Pro homozygotes showed a performance advantage at the behavioral level and exhibited enhanced activation of the amygdala and fusiform face area during working memory for emotional faces. On the other hand, Leu carriers exhibited increased activation of the dACC during performance of the 2-back condition. Our results suggest that AKAP5 Pro100Leu effects on emotion processing might be task-dependent with Pro homozygotes showing lower control of emotional interference, but more efficient processing of task-relevant emotional stimuli.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere55613
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 29.01.2013


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