PURPOSE. TO map a gene for cataracts in a family with congenital nuclear and sutural cataracts and to examine candidate genes in the linked region. METHODS. A large family with autosomal dominant congenital nuclear and sutural cataracts was identified and characterized. A genome-wide screen was conducted with a set of markers spaced at 10- to 15-cM intervals, and linkage was assessed using standard LOD score analysis. RESULTS. Fifteen (15) affected individuals were identified. This form of congenital cataracts maps to a 12-cM region on chromosome 3q21.2-q22.3 between markers D3S3674 and D3S3612, with a maximum multipoint LOD score of 6.94 at D3S1273. The crystallin gene, CRYGS, was excluded as a candidate gene for this locus. CONCLUSIONS. There are now more than 12 different genetic loci that cause congenital cataracts. The most recent locus to be identified is on chromosome 3q21.2-q22.3, in a family with congenital nuclear and sutural cataracts.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science|
|State||Published - 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sensory Systems
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience