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The Fanconi anemia group E gene, FANCE, maps to chromosome 6p.

Fanconi anemia (FA) is a genetically heterogeneous autosomal recessive disease with bone marrow failure and predisposition to cancer as major features, often accompanied by developmental anomalies. The cells of patients with FA are hypersensitive to DNA cross-linking agents in terms of cell survival and chromosomal breakage. Of the eight complementation groups (FA-A to FA-H) distinguished thus far by cell fusion studies, the genes for three-FANCA, FANCC, and FANCG-have been identified, and the FANCD gene has been localized to chromosome 3p22-26. We report here the use of homozygosity mapping and genetic linkage analysis to map a fifth distinct genetic locus for FA. DNA from three families was assigned to group FA-E by cell fusion and complementation analysis and was then used to localize the FANCE gene to chromosome 6p21-22 in an 18.2-cM region flanked by markers D6S422 and D6S1610. This study shows that data from even a small number of families can be successfully used to map a gene for a genetically heterogeneous disorder.[1]


  1. The Fanconi anemia group E gene, FANCE, maps to chromosome 6p. Waisfisz, Q., Saar, K., Morgan, N.V., Altay, C., Leegwater, P.A., de Winter, J.P., Komatsu, K., Evans, G.R., Wegner, R.D., Reis, A., Joenje, H., Arwert, F., Mathew, C.G., Pronk, J.C., Digweed, M. Am. J. Hum. Genet. (1999) [Pubmed]
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