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Am J Hum Genet. 2001 Dec;69(6):1271-7. Epub 2001 Oct 22.

A genomewide search for quantitative-trait loci underlying asthma.

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Program for Population Genetics, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA.

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  • Am J Hum Genet 2002 Jul;71(1):215.


A genomewide screen for quantitative-trait loci (QTLs) that underlie asthma was performed on 533 Chinese families with asthma, by the unified Haseman-Elston method. Nine asthma-related phenotypes were studied, including forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1), forced vital capacity (FVC), airway responsiveness as indicated by methacholine (MTCH)-challenge test, serum total immunoglobulin E (TIgE), serum-specific immunoglobulin E, eosinophil count in peripheral blood, and skin-prick tests with three different allergens (cockroach, Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, and D. farinae). Our study showed significant linkage between airway responsiveness to MTCH and D2S1780 on chromosome 2 (P<.00002) and provided suggestive evidence (P<.002) for six additional possible QTLs: D10S1435 and D22S685, for FEV1; D16S412, for FVC; D19S433, for airway responsiveness to MTCH; D1S518, for TIgE; and D4S1647, for skin reactivity to cockroach. No significant or suggestive evidence of linkage for the other four traits was found.

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