A genome-wide linkage scan for iron phenotype quantitative trait loci: The HEIRS family study

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Iron overload phenotypes in persons with and without hemochromatosis are variable. To investigate this further, probands with hemochromatosis or evidence of elevated iron stores and their family members were recruited for a genome-wide linkage scan to identify potential quantitative trait loci (QTL) that contribute to variation in transferrin saturation (TS), unsaturated iron-binding capacity (UIBC), and serum ferritin (SF). Genotyping utilized 402 microsatellite markers with average spacing of 9 cM. A total of 943 individuals, 64% Caucasian, were evaluated from 174 families. After adjusting for age, gender, and race/ethnicity, there was evidence for linkage of UIBC to chromosome 4q logarithm of the odds (LOD) =2.08, p =0.001) and of UIBC (LOD =9.52), TS (LOD =4.78), and SF (LOD =2.75) to the chromosome 6p region containing HFE (each p < 0.0001). After adjustments for HFE genotype and other covariates, there was evidence of linkage of SF to chromosome 16p (LOD =2.63, p =0.0007) and of UIBC to chromosome 5q (LOD =2.12, p =0.002) and to chromosome 17q (LOD =2.19, p =0.002). We conclude that these regions should be considered for fine mapping studies to identify QTL that contribute to variation in SF and UIBC. © 2007 The Authors Journal compilation © 2007 Blackwell Munksgaard.

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