Eiberg H, Mohr JAssignment of genes coding for brown eye colour (BEY2) and brown hair colour (HCL3) on chromosome 15q. Eur J Hum Genet 4:237-241

University Institute of Medical Biochemistry and Genetics, Department of Medical Genetics, Danish Centre for Genome Research, Copenhagen, Denmark.
European Journal of HumanGenetics (Impact Factor: 4.35). 02/1996; 4(4):237-41.
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Brown eye colour (BEY), or total brown iris pigmentation is one of the most common phenotypes of iris colour. Data of eye colour as well as hair colour were obtained for linkage analysis through an enquiry in our family material of 832 families from Copenhagen area. By exclusion mapping with 80 markers in 120 segregating families and 290 markers in 5 segregating families, we obtained some indication of a locus BEY2 for brown eye colour on chromosome 15. For possible confirmation, we selected a total of 45 families from our DNA bank segregating for BEY. All these were tested for chromosome 15 markers in the area between D15S11 and CYP19. We found a strong indication of tight linkage with the DNA polymorphism D15S165 (Z = 24.25; theta M = F = 0.010) and with the flanking markers D15S156 (Z = 14.04; theta M = F = 0.0.029) and D15S144 (Z = 12.99; theta M = F = 0.060). BEY2 is assigned to the region 15q11-15q21 by physically localized markers. A new locus for brown hair colour (HCL3) was localized by indication of linkage to BEY2 in our 45 families segregating for BEY (Z = 9.93; theta M = F = 0.10). The gene (DN10 or P) homologous to the pink-eye-dilution gene (p) in mice could be a candidate gene for BEY2 or for HCL3.

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    • "e l s e v i e r . c o m / l o c a t e / f s i g 15 [17]. The majority of the remaining pigmentation genes, including those associated with eye colour, were discovered in GWAS. "
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    • "The function of the gene product is not unequivocally established, but it is related to a transporter protein family which has 12 transmembrane domains and is localised to the melanosome [25]. Associations of OCA2 and HERC2 SNPs with hair and eye colour were found in this study, in accordance with previous reports of linkage or association [3],[4],[5],[6],[7]. The major contribution to eye colour was conveyed by two HERC2 SNPs, rs1129038 and rs129138332, which lie about 20 kb upstream of the OCA2 gene, and which were almost in perfect linkage disequilibrium [5,6]. "
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    • "Another phenotype, green eye color (GEY) was mapped to chromosome 19 by linkage to Secretor and Lutheran blood groups (Eiberg and Mohr, 1987). Later work testing for segregation of DNA markers in Danish families suggested linkage of brown hair and brown eye colour (BEY2) to an interval on chromosome 15q11–15q21 containing the OCA2 and MYO5A genes (Eiberg and Mohr, 1996), with the OCA2 gene homologous to the mouse p-gene being a candidate locus responsible for the phenotype. A complete genome microsatellite scan at the 5– 10 cM resolution level in a collection of adolescent twins in which eye colour phenotype was recorded on a three-point scale found a peak LOD score of 19.2 for blue-brown eye colour in a region that was over the OCA2 locus (Zhu et al., 2004), but with a long tail towards the telomere that may implicate other genes contributing to the phenotype. "
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