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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2001 Aug 28;98(18):10505-8. Epub 2001 Aug 27.

A genome-wide scan for linkage to human exceptional longevity identifies a locus on chromosome 4.

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  • 1Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Genetics Division, Children's Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02215, USA. apuca@rascal.med.harvard.edu

Abstract

Substantial evidence supports the familial aggregation of exceptional longevity. The existence of rare families demonstrating clustering for this phenotype suggests that a genetic etiology may be an important component. Previous attempts at localizing loci predisposing for exceptional longevity have been limited to association studies of candidate gene polymorphisms. In this study, a genome-wide scan for such predisposing loci was conducted by using 308 individuals belonging to 137 sibships demonstrating exceptional longevity. By using nonparametric analysis, significant evidence for linkage was noted for chromosome 4 at D4S1564 with a MLS of 3.65 (P = 0.044). The analysis was corroborated by a parametric analysis (P = 0.052). These linkage results indicate the likelihood that there exists a gene, or genes, that exerts a substantial influence on the ability to achieve exceptional old age. Identification of the genes in humans that allow certain individuals to live to extreme old age should lead to insights on cellular pathways that are important to the aging process.

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11526246
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PMCID:
PMC56990
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