Blood gene expression studies in migraine: Potential and caveats

Gerring, Zachary, Rodriguez-Acevedo, Astrid J., Powell, Joseph E., Griffiths, Lyn R., Montgomery, Grant W., & Nyholt, Dale R. (2016) Blood gene expression studies in migraine: Potential and caveats. Cephalalgia, 36(7), pp. 669-678.

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  • Global gene expression analysis may be used to obtain insights into the functional processes underlying migraine. However, there is a shortage of high-quality post-mortem brain tissue samples for genetic analysis. One approach is to use a more accessible tissue as a surrogate, such as peripheral blood.


  • Discuss the benefits and caveats of blood genomic profiling in migraine and its potential application in the development of biomarkers of migraine susceptibility and outcome. Demonstrate the utility of blood-based expression profiles in migraine by analysing pilot Illumina HT-12 expression data from 76 (38 case, 38 control) whole-blood samples.


  • Current evidence suggests peripheral blood is a biologically valid substrate for genetic studies of migraine, and may be used to identify biomarkers and therapeutic pathways. Pilot blood gene expression data confirm that expression profiles significantly differ between migraine case and non-migraine control individuals.

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ID Code: 91800
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1177/0333102416628463
ISSN: 1468-2982
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Biomedical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Deposited On: 13 Jan 2016 00:58
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2016 04:00

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