Journal article

Association between DNA methylation of the KITLG gene and cortisol levels under stress: a replication study.

Jo Wrigglesworth, Marie-Laure Ancelin, Karen Ritchie, Joanne Ryan

Stress | Published : 2019


A recent study reported for the first time, that DNA methylation of the KITLG gene mediates the association between childhood trauma and cortisol stress reactivity. Our study aimed to provide the first independent replication of these findings. ESPRIT is a prospective study of community-dwelling participants (age ≥ 65), randomly selected from the electoral rolls of the Montpellier district, in France. Clinical depression was assessed using the Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI, French version 5.00), and the Centre for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D). Experiences of childhood adversity were ascertained via a 25-item questionnaire. Morning, evening, and diurn..

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