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A sequence-ready map of the Usher syndrome type III critical region on chromosome 3q.

Usher syndrome type 3 (USH3; MIM 276902) is an autosomal recessive disorder associated with progressive hearing loss and retinal degeneration. We recently refined the localization of USH3 to a 1-cM genetic interval between markers D3S1299 and D3S3625. We have now constructed a bacterial artificial chromosome contig over the region. Novel polymorphic markers were generated and physically fine-mapped, allowing further narrowing of the critical interval to a 250-kb genomic fragment. Of seven ESTs mapping to the initial critical region, WI-11588 and SHGC-133 represent the human SIAH2 gene, which was excluded as a candidate for USH3 by sequencing and subsequently, by its position. KIAA0001 and D3S3882 derive from the transcript of a putative G-protein-coupled receptor gene that was excluded as a candidate by sequencing of patient DNA. These data provide a basis for the sequencing and final characterization of the USH3 region and isolation of the disease gene.[1]


  1. A sequence-ready map of the Usher syndrome type III critical region on chromosome 3q. Joensuu, T., Hämäläinen, R., Lehesjoki, A.E., de la Chapelle, A., Sankila, E.M. Genomics (2000) [Pubmed]
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