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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Localization of a gene for otosclerosis to chromosome 15q25-q26.

Among white adults otosclerosis is the single most common cause of hearing impairment. Although the genetics of this disease are controversial, the majority of studies indicate autosomal dominant inheritance with reduced penetrance. We studied a large multi-generational family in which otosclerosis has been inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern. Five of16 affected persons have surgically confirmed otosclerosis; the remaining nine have a conductive hearing loss but have not undergone corrective surgery. To locate the disease-causing gene we completed genetic linkage analysis using short tandem repeat polymorphisms (STRPs) distributed over the entire genome. Multipoint linkage analysis showed that only one genomic region, on chromosome 15q, generated a lod score >2. 0. Additional STRPs were typed in this area, resulting in a lod score of 3. 4. STRPs FES ( centromeric) and D15S657 ( telomeric) flank the 14. 5 cM region that contains an otosclerosis gene.[1]


  1. Localization of a gene for otosclerosis to chromosome 15q25-q26. Tomek, M.S., Brown, M.R., Mani, S.R., Ramesh, A., Srisailapathy, C.R., Coucke, P., Zbar, R.I., Bell, A.M., McGuirt, W.T., Fukushima, K., Willems, P.J., Van Camp, G., Smith, R.J. Hum. Mol. Genet. (1998) [Pubmed]
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