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Br J Psychiatry. 1992 Jul;161:63-8.

No evidence for a pseudoautosomal locus for schizophrenia. Linkage analysis of multiply affected families.

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  • 1Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff.


Evidence for a pseudoautosomal locus for a schizophrenia susceptibility gene was sought by two forms of analysis of 25 multiply affected families. Firstly, in the sample as a whole there was an excess of same-sex over mixed-sex siblings compared with that expected. Secondly, linkage analysis was performed in six of the families. The genotypes were studied for DXYS14, a highly polymorphic marker in the telomeric pseudoautosomal region. No evidence for positive linkage was found with two-point analysis under eight different genetic models for the mode of transmission. A non-parametric, sibling-pair analysis also failed to detect linkage. Our findings provide no evidence for linkage within the pseudoautosomal region; same-sex concordance must arise from some other mechanism.

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