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Genomics. 1993 Nov;18(2):290-4.

Localization of a gene responsible for nonspecific mental retardation (MRX9) to the pericentromeric region of the X chromosome.

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Department of Medical Genetics, University of Antwerp-UIA, Belgium.


Nonspecific X-linked mental retardation (MRX) includes several distinct entities with mental retardation but without additional distinguishing features. The MRX family reported here has been classified previously as MRX9. In this study, we performed linkage analysis of MRX9 with a panel of 43 polymorphic DNA markers dispersed over chromosome X. Two-point linkage analysis revealed lod scores of 3.52 and 3.82 at 0% recombination for OATL1 and MAOA, both located in Xp11.2-p11.4. Lod scores for linkage with PGK1P1, DXS106, and DXS132, all located in Xq11-q13, were 3.83, 3.82, and 3.52, respectively, all at 0% recombination. Multipoint linkage analysis showed two peaks with MAOA and DXS132/DXS106, respectively. Analysis of recombinational events indicated a position of the MRX9 gene between DXS164 and DXS453. These findings are compatible with a location of the MRX9 gene in the pericentromeric region of the X chromosome at Xp21-q13.

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