Gene identification using exon amplification on human chromosome 18q21: Implications for bipolar disorder

H. Chen, Y. Huo, S. Patel, X. Zhu, T. Swift-Scanlan, R. H. Reeves, R. DePaulo, C. A. Ross, M. G. McInnis

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Abstract

We previously reported linkage between bipolar disorder and a region on human chromosome (HC) 18q21. To identify genes in this region, exon trapping was performed on cosmids isolated from an HC18-specific cosmid library (LL18NC02) using 47 sequence tagged site (STS) markers from 18q21 as hybridization probes. A total of 285 unique sequences (exons) were obtained from 850 sequenced clones. Homology searching of the databases using NCBI's BLAST algorithms revealed that 31 exons have identity to known genes and/or ESTs, seven are identical to regions of finished genomic sequences in the 18q21 region, 20 have significant similarity (>30% sequence identity) to genes from human and/or other species, 19 were repetitive sequences, and 208 sequences (72%) are novel. Seventy per cent of the trapped sequences were predicted to be derived from genes using library screening and RT-PCR analyses. This represents an initial stage in characterizing genes in a susceptibility region for further study in bipolar disorder or other diseases that map to this region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)502-509
Number of pages8
JournalMolecular psychiatry
Volume5
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

Keywords

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Chromosome 18
  • Exon trapping
  • Exons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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