Genetics of migraine

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Hereditary factor increases the risk of migraine and underlies in many respects the development of symptoms and the disease course. Last years, basic genetic studies in migraine resulted in impressive achievements, which gave the key to understanding pathophysiological processes in this disease. At the same time, many questions remain unanswered. Most interesting is the search for genetic markers of migraine and their phenotypical correlates. From practical viewpoint, equally promising in migraine heredity studies are pharmacogenetic aspects, namely, identification of genetic predictors of the efficacy of particular medications. In this review, modern approaches to genetic studies in migraine are discussed, and presently known genetic biomarkers and their possible role in the disease development are presented.


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Yu. E. Azimova

1st Moscow State Medical University named after I.M. Sechenov

Russian Federation, Moscow

G. R. Tabeeva

1st Moscow State Medical University named after I.M. Sechenov

Russian Federation, Moscow

E. A. Klimov

N.I. Vavilov Institute of General Genetics, Russian Academy of Sciences

Author for correspondence.
Russian Federation, Moscow


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