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What is the "warrior" gene?

The "warrior" gene is a genetic variation in the monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) gene. It is associated with aggressive behaviour as well as risk taking.

Monoamine oxidase A is an enzyme that breaks down neurotransmitters – chemical messengers involved in transmitting messages from the brain to the rest of the body. Dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine are a few examples of such neurotransmitters. Dopamine controls sensations involved in pleasure and reward and epinephrine and norepinephrine influence the flight-or-fight response.

There are five variants of the "warrior" gene, defined by differences in the number of repeats in a region of the MAOA gene. The variants with different numbers of repeats – 2, 3, 3.5, 4 and 5 control how much monoamine oxidase A enzyme is produced. People with 3.5 or 4 repeats, have the MAOA-H allele and make high levels of monoamine oxidase A. Those with 2, 3, or 5 repeats have the warrior gene.

"Warrior" gene variants are also known as MAOA-L forms and they make lower levels of monoamine oxidase A. When monoamine oxidase A levels are low, which is the case in people who have the "warrior" gene, these neurotransmitters are not broken down as efficiently, accounting for the observed behavioural disorders.

What is the function of monoamine oxidase A?

Monoamine oxidase A is an enzyme that breaks down neurotransmitters – chemical messengers involved in transmitting messages from the brain to the rest of the body. Dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine are a few examples of such neurotransmitters. Dopamine controls sensations involved in pleasure and reward and epinephrine and norepinephrine influence the flight-or-fight response.

When monoamine oxidase A levels are low, which is the case in "warrior" gene carriers, these neurotransmitters are not broken down as efficiently, accounting for the observed behavioural disorders.

How is the "warrior" gene inherited?

The MAOA gene is located on the X-chromosome. Men inherit only one X chromosome, and therefore have only one version of MAOA. Women have two X chromosomes, and can inherit two different versions of the gene. Because of this, men are more likely to inherit the "warrior" version of the gene and be affected by it. Most women will inherit at least one normal copy of the gene, although how the "warrior" gene affects women is not well understood.

Characteristics associated with the "warrior" gene

The "warrior" gene was named due to its association with aggressive behaviour. Since then, studies have linked the warrior gene to various other characteristics including:

  • Antisocial behaviour
  • Pathological gambling
  • Alcoholism
  • Personality disorders
  • Crime and violence especially when abused as children
  • Psychological disorders such as autism, depression, sleep disorders, seizures
  • Panic disorders
  • Mental retardation (Brunner syndrome)
  • Sudden infant death syndrome

Although the "warrior" gene has been linked to many negative characteristics, there is also a strong correlation between "warrior" gene carriers and successful business decisions. Recent studies have shown that people that have one or more copies of the "warrior" gene are more likely to take financial risks and are more likely to benefit from these risks.

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