[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Tourette's syndrome (TS) is a developmental disorder that has one of the highest familial recurrence rates among neuropsychiatric diseases with complex inheritance. However, the identification of definitive TS susceptibility genes remains elusive. Here, we report the first genome-wide association study (GWAS) of TS in 1285 cases and 4964 ancestry-matched controls of European ancestry, including two European-derived population isolates, Ashkenazi Jews from North America and Israel and French Canadians from Quebec, Canada. In a primary meta-analysis of GWAS data from these European ancestry samples, no markers achieved a genome-wide threshold of significance (P<5 × 10(-8)); the top signal was found in rs7868992 on chromosome 9q32 within COL27A1 (P=1.85 × 10(-6)). A secondary analysis including an additional 211 cases and 285 controls from two closely related Latin American population isolates from the Central Valley of Costa Rica and Antioquia, Colombia also identified rs7868992 as the top signal (P=3.6 × 10(-7) for the combined sample of 1496 cases and 5249 controls following imputation with 1000 Genomes data). This study lays the groundwork for the eventual identification of common TS susceptibility variants in larger cohorts and helps to provide a more complete understanding of the full genetic architecture of this disorder.Molecular Psychiatry advance online publication, 14 August 2012; doi:10.1038/mp.2012.69.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by multiple motor and phonic tics. The heritability of TS has been well established, yet there is a lack of consensus in genome-wide linkage studies. The purpose of this study was to conduct a genome-wide linkage analysis on a unique, large, high-risk TS Utah pedigree. We examined a qualitative trait (TS1) where cases had a definitive diagnosis of TS as observed by a clinical interviewer (n = 66) and a quantitative phenotype based on the total Yale global motor and phonic tic severity scores (n = 102). Both parametric and non-parametric multipoint linkage analyses based on MCMC methods were performed using a 10 cM spaced micro-satellite autosomal marker set. Two regions of interest were identified under affecteds-only recessive models; a LOD score of 3.3 on chromosome 1p for Yale tic severity and a LOD score of 3.1 on chromosome 3p for the TS1 phenotype. Twenty-seven individuals shared linked segregating haplotypes for the 1p region. They had significantly higher Yale tic phonic scores than non-sharers (P = 0.01). There were 46 haplotype sharers on chromosome 3p with significantly higher percentage of females among these individuals compared to the non-sharers (P = 0.03). The significant linkage peaks on chromosomes 1p and 3p are in new areas of the genome for TS, and replication of these findings is necessary.
American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B Neuropsychiatric Genetics 01/2010; 153B(2):656-62. · 3.23 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We performed a high-density, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), genome-wide scan on a six-generation pedigree from Utah with seven affected males, diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Using a two-stage linkage design, we first performed a nonparametric analysis on the entire genome using a 10K SNP chip to identify potential regions of interest. To confirm potentially interesting regions, we eliminated SNPs in high linkage disequilibrium (LD) using a principal components analysis (PCA) method and repeated the linkage results. Three regions met genome-wide significance criteria after controlling for LD: 3q13.2-q13.31 (nonparametric linkage (NPL), 5.58), 3q26.31-q27.3 (NPL, 4.85) and 20q11.21-q13.12 (NPL, 5.56). Two regions met suggestive criteria for significance 7p14.1-p11.22 (NPL, 3.18) and 9p24.3 (NPL, 3.44). All five chromosomal regions are consistent with other published findings. Haplotype sharing results showed that five of the affected subjects shared more than a single chromosomal region of interest with other affected subjects. Although no common autism susceptibility genes were found for all seven autism cases, these results suggest that multiple genetic loci within these regions may contribute to the autism phenotype in this family, and further follow-up of these chromosomal regions is warranted.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Although susceptibility loci exist for Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (GTS), no causative gene has been identified, perhaps in part because of phenotypic heterogeneity. This study used latent class analyses (LCA) to identify GTS subphenotypes and assess characteristics and heritability of the classes.
METHODS: The study included 952 individuals from 222 GTS families recruited for genetic studies. LCA identified a best-fit model for combinations of the diagnoses of GTS, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), OC symptoms and behaviors (OCS/OCB), and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in a random sample of one sibling from each family (n = 197), a replication sample randomly chosen from the remaining siblings (n = 203), and in the entire sample (all siblings and parents, N = 952). Heritabilities were assessed for all categoric diagnoses and LCA classes using a variance components approach.
RESULTS: In this large sample of GTS sib pairs and their parents, three GTS-affected groups were identified-GTS + OCS/OCB (Class III), GTS + OCD (Class IV), and GTS + OCD + ADHD (Class V)-in addition to a minimally affected class (I) and a small chronic tics + OCD class (II). A preponderance of males and younger age at onset was found in more comorbidly affected classes. Only the GTS + OCD + ADHD class was highly heritable.
CONCLUSIONS: Our data suggest that GTS classes may represent distinct entities, with both shared and unique etiologies. In particular, GTS + OCD + ADHD may represent a separate, heritable phenotype that can be used to further inform genetic studies.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Tourette disorder (TD) is a neuropsychiatric disorder with a complex mode of inheritance and is characterized by multiple waxing and waning motor and phonic tics. This article reports the results of the largest genetic linkage study yet undertaken for TD. The sample analyzed includes 238 nuclear families yielding 304 "independent" sibling pairs and 18 separate multigenerational families, for a total of 2,040 individuals. A whole-genome screen with the use of 390 microsatellite markers was completed. Analyses were completed using two diagnostic classifications: (1) only individuals with TD were included as affected and (2) individuals with either TD or chronic-tic (CT) disorder were included as affected. Strong evidence of linkage was observed for a region on chromosome 2p (-log P = 4.42, P = 3.8 x 10(-5) in the analyses that included individuals with TD or CT disorder as affected. Results in several other regions also provide moderate evidence (-log P >2.0) of additional susceptibility loci for TD.
The American Journal of Human Genetics 01/2007; 80(2):265-272. · 11.20 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In 1964 Andreas Rett published the first account of a family with benign familial neonatal convulsions (BFNC). The authors retraced Rett's family and report that the clinical and genetic features of this original family fit the currently accepted definitions of BFNC. They also consider the career of Dr. Rett, a researcher and social reformer as well as an advocate for the rights of children with developmental disabilities.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Lymphocyte subpopulation levels are used for prognosis and monitoring of a variety of human diseases, especially those with an infectious etiology. As a primary step to defining the major gene variation underlying these phenotypes, we conducted the first whole-genome screen for quantitative variation in lymphocyte count, CD4 T cell, CD8 T cell, B cell, and natural killer cell numbers, as well as CD4:CD8 ratio. The screen was performed in 15 of the CEPH families that form the main human genome genetic project mapping resource. Quantitative-trait loci (QTLs) that account for significant proportions of the phenotypic variance of lymphocyte subpopulations were detected on chromosomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 11, 12, and 18. The most significant QTL found was for CD4 levels on chromosome 8 (empirical P=.00005). Two regions of chromosome 4 showed significant linkage to CD4:CD8 ratio (empirical P=.00007 and P=.003). A QTL for the highly correlated measures of CD4 and CD19 levels colocalized at 18q21 (both P=.003). Similarly, a shared region of chromosome 1 was linked to CD8 and CD19 levels (P=.0001 and P=.002, respectively). Several of the identified chromosome regions are likely to harbor polymorphic candidate genes responsible for these important human phenotypes. Their discovery has important implications for understanding the generation of the immune repertoire and understanding immune-system homeostasis. More generally, these data show the power of an integrated human gene-mapping approach for heritable molecular phenotypes, using large pedigrees that have been extensively genotyped.
The American Journal of Human Genetics 06/2002; 70(5):1172-82. · 11.20 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A 5-bp deletion in ELOVL4, a photoreceptor-specific gene, has been associated with autosomal dominant (ad) macular dystrophy phenotypes in five related families, in which phenotypes range from Stargardt-like macular dystrophy (STGD3; Mendelian Inheritance in Man 600110) to pattern dystrophy. This has been the only mutation identified in ELOVL4 to date, which is associated with macular dystrophy phenotypes. In the current study, the potential involvement was investigated of an ELOVL4 gene variation in adSTGD-like and other macular dystrophy phenotypes segregating in a large unrelated pedigree from Utah (K4175).
The entire open reading frame of the ELOVL4 gene was analyzed by direct sequencing in a proband from the K4175 family. The combination of denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography (DHPLC) analysis and direct sequencing of all available family members was used to further assess segregation of identified ELOVL4 variants in the pedigree.
A complex mutation, two 1-bp deletions separated by four nucleotides, was detected in all affected members of the family. The mutation results in a frameshift and the truncation of the ELOVL4 protein, similar to the effect of the previously described 5-bp deletion.
The discovery of a second mutation in the ELOVL4 gene segregating with macular dystrophy phenotypes confirms the role of this gene in a subset of dominant macular dystrophies with a wide range of clinical expressions and suggests a role for modifying genes and/or environmental factors in the disease process.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Some previous studies have reported an improved prognosis in sporadic colon cancers with microsatellite instability, whereas others have not. In addition, relatively few of those reporting an improved prognosis controlled for tumor stage or were population-based. Therefore, we evaluated the relationship between microsatellite instability and prognosis, tumor stage, and other clinical variables in a population-based study of 1026 individuals. Microsatellite instability was determined by the noncoding mononucleotide repeat BAT-26 and the coding mononucleotide repeat in transforming growth factor-beta receptor type II. Significant relationships were seen between microsatellite instability and proximal tumor location, female gender, young and old age at diagnosis, poor histological differentiation, and low tumor stage (P < 0.01). There was a significant relationship between microsatellite instability and improved prognosis, even after adjusting for stage, with a reduction in the risk of death attributable to colon cancer of approximately 60%. Most of this risk reduction occurred in individuals with American Joint Committee on Cancer stage III tumors, although transforming growth factor-beta receptor type II mutations were associated with a significant reduction in colon cancer death in tumors with distant metastases. We conclude that microsatellite instability in sporadic colon cancer is associated with an improved prognosis at the population level.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) gene is important in the etiology of colon cancer. Although germ-line mutations of this gene rarely occur in the population, less penetrant variants of the gene have been reported. One variant, producing an aspartate to valine change at codon 1822 (D1822V) [corrected] has been previously reported as having an allele frequency of 10%. The purpose of this study was to determine whether this D1822V [corrected] variant of the APC gene is associated with colon cancer and whether its association is influenced by other genetic or environmental factors. We used data collected as part of a multicenter study of 1,585 incident cases of colon cancer and 1,945 age- and sex-matched population-based controls to evaluate genetic, dietary, and environmental associations with the D1822V [corrected] variant of the APC gene. The frequency of the valine/valine allele at codon 1,822 was 22.8% in this population. In the control population, 61.5% were homozygote wild type, 33.3% were heterozygotes, and 5.2% were homozygote variant. Cases were slightly less likely to have the homozygous variant APC genotype than were controls [odds ratio (OR), 0.8; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.6-1.1]; for those diagnosed after age 65, the homozygous APC variant was associated with reduced risk of colon cancer (OR, 0.6; 95% CI, 0.4-1.0). Assessment of the homozygous APC variant with dietary, genetic, and environmental factors showed that individuals with this genotype were at lower risk if they consumed a low-fat diet (OR, 0.2; 95% CI, 0.1-0.5) relative to those who were homozygous wild type and ate a high-fat diet. This finding was specific to a low-fat diet and was unrelated to other dietary variables. These results suggest that the codon 1,822 variant of the APC gene may have functional significance. Individuals who have the valine/valine variant of this gene may be at reduced risk of colon cancer if they eat a low-fat diet.
Cancer Research 03/2001; 61(3):1000-4. · 8.65 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Ki-ras mutations are thought to be early events in the carcinogenic process leading to colon tumors. Dietary factors associated with colon cancer may be associated with these mutations. Data from a population-based, multicenter, case-control study of colon cancer were used to determine whether dietary factors are associated with Ki-ras mutations. Ki-ras mutations were detected by direct sequencing of codons 12 and 13 of the Ki-ras gene on exon 1 from DNA obtained from archival tissue. Ki-ras data were available for 1428 cases with valid interview data; data from 2410 controls were available for comparison with cases positive and negative for Ki-ras mutations. Mutations in the Ki-ras gene were detected in 32% of tumors. Of these mutations, 32.8% were G-->A transitions in the second base of codon 12 (2G-->A). Other than cruciferous vegetables, there were no nutrients or foods associated specifically with Ki-ras mutations [odds ratio (OR) for high intake relative to low intake, 0.7; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.5-1.0]. However, evaluation of specific types of Ki-ras mutations revealed that for each of the most common types of mutation, dietary associations existed. Dietary factors involved in DNA methylation pathways were associated with 2G-->A mutations. Comparison of individuals with and without Ki-ras mutations revealed that individuals with low levels of dietary folate (OR, 0.7; 95% CI, 0.4-1.3), vitamin B6 (OR, 0.5; 95% CI, 0.3-1.0), vitamin B12 (OR, 0.6; 95% CI, 0.3-1.1), and high levels of alcohol (OR, 0.7; 95% CI, 0.4-1.1) were less likely to have a 2G-->A mutation. Individuals with high levels of dietary carbohydrate (OR, 2.0; 95% CI, 0.9-4.4) and a high glycemic index (OR, 1.9; 95% CI, 0.8-4.6) were more likely to have a G-->A transition mutation in the second base of codon 13 (5G-->A). Individuals with high levels of dietary fat (OR, 1.6; 95% CI, 0.8-3.2), saturated fat (OR, 1.7; 95% CI, 0.8-3.5), and monounsaturated fat (OR, 1.9; 95% CI, 1.0-3.7) were more likely to harbor a 2G-->T mutation. Low levels of cruciferous vegetable intake and high levels of processed meat intake also were associated with fewer 5G-->A, as reflected by the ORs (OR, 0.4; 95% CI, 0.2-1.0 and OR, 0.4; 95% CI 0.2-0.8, respectively). These data suggest that diet may be involved in disease pathways represented by specific Ki-ras mutations. However, given the limited information currently available on associations between specific genetic mutations in colon tumors and diet, these findings also should be viewed as hypothesis generating.
Cancer Research 12/2000; 60(24):6935-41. · 8.65 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Some previous studies have demonstrated significant results between Ki-ras mutations and tumor stage, survival, and/or other clinical variables, whereas others have not. We therefore evaluated the significance of codons 12 and 13 Ki-ras mutations in a large population-based study of 1413 individuals with colon cancer. Ki-ras mutations were identified in approximately 32% of tumors. Codon 12 mutations were significantly more common in proximal than distal tumors (29.1% versus 20.5%; P < 0.01) and in tumors of advanced stage. Tumors from men were more likely to have transition mutations and codon 12 G-->A mutations. After adjusting for age and stage, the codon 13 G-->A mutation was associated with a 40% (95% confidence interval, 0.95-2.0) increase in short-term mortality from colon cancer. In conclusion, this population-based study demonstrates important relationships between Ki-ras mutations and stage, survival, tumor location, and gender.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Microsatellite instability (MSI) has been reported to occur in approximately 10%-15% of colon tumors. MSI is characterized by the presence of mutations in tandemly repeated DNA sequences known as microsatellites. Some individuals with unstable tumors have inherited mutations in mismatch repair genes, but MSI is also observed in sporadic colon cancer. It is unknown whether lifestyle factors associated with colon cancer, such as physical activity, body size, cigarette smoking, or use of aspirin and/or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, contribute to MSI in sporadic tumors.
Data from a population-based, case-control study of colon cancer were used. Case subjects were between 30 and 79 years of age at the time of diagnosis and included both men and women. Questionnaire data were used to obtain information on lifestyle factors. Tumor MSI was determined with the use of a panel of 10 tetranucleotide repeats and two mononucleotide repeats. A total of 1510 case subjects had valid questionnaire data and tumor DNA from which we were able to obtain MSI status. Questionnaire data were compared with lifestyle factors reported by 2410 population-based control subjects. All statistical tests were two-sided.
MSI-positive (MSI(+)) tumors were most common in older people and women and in the proximal colon. Patients with MSI(+) tumors were more likely to smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day than case subjects with MSI-negative (MSI(-)) tumors (odds ratio for being a smoker = 1.6 [95% confidence interval = 1.0-2.5] for men and 2.2 [95% confidence interval = 1.4-3.5] for women). The association between MSI(+) tumors and cigarette smoking was strongest among case subjects who started to smoke at a young age, smoked for 35 or more years, and were either current smokers or had stopped fewer than 15 years before diagnosis. A statistically significant linear trend of increased risk of MSI(+) tumors was observed with increasing amount smoked (P<.01).
This study suggests that smoking cigarettes statistically significantly contributes to MSI in colon tumors. We estimate that approximately 21% of MSI in colon tumors may be attributable to cigarette smoking.
JNCI Journal of the National Cancer Institute 11/2000; 92(22):1831-6. · 14.34 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To clinically characterize affected individuals in families with paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia (PKD), examine the association with infantile convulsions, and confirm linkage to a pericentromeric chromosome 16 locus.
PKD is characterized by frequent, recurrent attacks of involuntary movement or posturing in response to sudden movement, stress, or excitement. Recently, an autosomal dominant PKD locus on chromosome 16 was identified.
The authors studied 11 previously unreported families of diverse ethnic background with PKD with or without infantile convulsions and performed linkage analysis with markers spanning the chromosome 16 locus. Detailed clinical questionnaires and interviews were conducted with affected and unaffected family members.
Clinical characterization and sampling of 95 individuals in 11 families revealed 44 individuals with paroxysmal dyskinesia, infantile convulsions, or both. Infantile convulsions were surprisingly common, occurring in 9 of 11 families. In only two individuals did generalized seizures occur in later childhood or adulthood. The authors defined a 26-cM region using linkage data in 11 families (maximum lod score 6.63 at theta = 0). Affected individuals in one family showed no evidence for a shared haplotype in this region, implying locus heterogeneity.
Identification and characterization of the PKD/infantile convulsions gene will provide new insight into the pathophysiology of this disorder, which spans the phenotypic spectrum between epilepsy and movement disorder.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To evaluate the association between the angiotensinogen-6 polymorphism (AGT-6) and blood pressure levels.
Data were analysed from the first 4,322 subjects of the NHLBI Family Blood Pressure Program (FBPP), consisting of four networks (GenNet, GENOA, HyperGEN and SAPPHIRe), each conducting a multicentre observational family study to identify and characterize the genetic determinants of hypertension and blood pressure. The four studies use different designs (concordant sibpairs, discordant pairs, sibships, extended pedigrees), target different ethnic groups (Caucasian, African-American, Japanese, Chinese), and have different inclusion/exclusion criteria. However, the protocols and definitions were standardized across networks before data collection to allow maximum poolability.
Each network/racial group was analysed separately, using generalized linear models that accounted for the non-independence of family members and/or the confounding of anti-hypertensive medications as needed. The results were also pooled using a pre-planned meta-analysis technique.
AGT-6 was not significantly associated with blood pressure in any network/racial group. In the meta-analysis, the pooled effect of AGT-6 was small [hazard ratio = 1.10, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.99-1.22, P= 0.0647 for systolic; hazard ratio = 1.04, 95% CI = 0.89-1.21, P= 0.6383 for diastolic]. A post-hoc analysis restricting to subjects meeting JNC VI criteria for Stage I hypertension (blood pressure > 140/90 mmHg or medicated) showed a stronger statistically significant relationship for systolic blood pressure (hazard ratio = 1.44, 95% CI = 1.04-2.00, P= 0.0283).
AGT-6 has minimal to no effect on the inter-individual variation of blood pressure levels, and is at best a 'minor gene' for blood pressure in the population as a whole.
Journal of Hypertension 07/2000; 18(7):867-76. · 4.22 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Rigid spine syndrome is a term first proposed by Dubowitz to describe a subset of patients affected by myopathy with early spinal contractures as a prominent feature. While spinal rigidity is a nonspecific feature, found in Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy and in some congenital myopathies, it is also a prominent feature in a group of patients with merosin-positive congenital muscular dystrophy, where it is generally associated with stable or only slowly progressive weakness and early respiratory insufficiency. Recently, the first locus for congenital muscular dystrophy in association with rigid spine syndrome was mapped to chromosome 1p35-p36 in consanguineous Moroccan, Turkish, and Iranian families. We present here a detailed phenotypic description of the familial syndrome linked to this locus, describing 4 siblings (3 boys and 1 girl) of Northern European-American heritage who are the offspring of a nonconsanguineous marriage. All 4 siblings were affected by hypotonia and prominent neck weakness in infancy, early spinal rigidity, and early scoliosis. After initial improvement, muscle strength stabilizes or slowly declines, and skeletal deformities and respiratory insufficiency supervene. Muscle biopsy in an affected child at age 9 months revealed minimal, nonspecific myopathic changes, leading to a diagnosis of "minimal change myopathy." Muscle biopsy in his sibling, at the age of 14 years, revealed chronic and severe myopathic (dystrophic) changes, with normal staining for laminin-2 and for proteins of the dystrophin-glycoprotein complex. A possible explanation for these biopsy findings is that magnetic resonance imaging of the thighs reveals stereotyped selective muscle involvement, with the selectivity more pronounced early in the disease course followed by widespread muscular signal abnormalities in the late stages of the disease. In this family, linkage to the chromosome 1p rigid spine syndrome locus (RSMD1) is supported by maximum LOD scores for several markers of 1.81 at theta = 0, representing the maximum statistical power possible for this family. In combination with the previous report, this syndrome is linked to the RSMD1 locus with a summated maximum LOD score of 6.29, and analysis of recombination events in our family narrows the previously reported RSMD1 locus to 3 centiMorgans.
Annals of Neurology 03/2000; 47(2):152-61. · 11.19 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In this study we examine the combined effects of Western diet, age at diagnosis, and genetic susceptibility.
We use data collected as part of an incident case-control study of colon cancer. Family history of colorectal cancer, N-acetyltransferase (NAT2), and glutathione-S-transferase (GSTM-1) are studied with Western diet and age at diagnosis.
A significant interaction between age at time of diagnosis, Western dietary pattern, and family history of colorectal cancer (p for interaction = 0.03) was detected. Those with a family history of colorectal cancer who ate a predominantly Western diet were at increased risk of colon cancer (OR 14.0, 95% CI 3.9-50.1 for < or = 55 years; OR 7.7, 95% CI 2.0-29.1 for 56-66 years; OR 1.6, 95% CI 0.8-3.2 for > or = 67 years) compared to those without a family history of colorectal cancer and low levels of a Western diet. Associations with the Western diet were stronger than individual components of the dietary pattern. Neither NAT2 nor GSTM-1 showed significant interaction with Western diet.
The extent to which diet comprising a Western dietary pattern influences risk of colon cancer is dependent on age. This dietary pattern also appears to modulate the colon cancer risk associated with a family history of colon cancer.
Cancer Causes and Control 01/2000; 11(1):1-8. · 3.20 Impact Factor