Minisatellite mapping in manic depression

S. Hodgkinson, H. M.D. Gurling, R. H. Marchbanks, M. McInnis, H. Petursson

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    Hypervariable regions of DNA exist at many discrete loci in the human genome. Variations in the length of specific classes of hypervariable DNA termed "minisatellite" sequences may be detected by hybridisation of radioactive probes composed of a common10-15 base pair repeat or "core" sequence which is shared by each of the minisatellite loci. Such a procedure was used to perform linkage analysis on a kindred in which a disease allele causing manic depression appeared to be segregating as an autosomal dominant. Results indicate no apparent linkage between a manic depression allele and at least 20 hypervariable genetic loci which acted as markers. However, because of the hypervariability of the minisatellite loci these results do not preclude similar analyses of other manic depressive pedigrees being productive because each such family will have distinct observable minisatellite alleles at loci specific to that family. The method could be usefully applied to the genetic analysis of other psychiatric disorders where heterogeneity is suspected and where a single autosomal major gene locus appears to be responsible for causing multiple cases within a single kindred.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)589-596
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Psychiatric Research
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 1987

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Psychiatry and Mental health
    • Biological Psychiatry


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