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A New Locus for Generalized Epilepsy with Febrile Seizures Plus Maps to Chromosome 2

By I. Lopes-Cendes, I.E. Scheffer, S.F. Berkovic, M. Rousseau, E. Andermann and G.A. Rouleau


SummaryGeneralized epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+) is a recently recognized but relatively common form of inherited childhood-onset epilepsy with heterogeneous epilepsy phenotypes. We genotyped 41 family members, including 21 affected individuals, to localize the gene causing epilepsy in a large family segregating an autosomal dominant form of GEFS+. A genomewide search examining 197 markers identified linkage of GEFS+ to chromosome 2, on the basis of an initial positive LOD score for marker D2S294 (Z=4.4, recombination fraction [θ] = 0). A total of 24 markers were tested on chromosome 2q, to define the smallest candidate region for GEFS+. The highest two-point LOD score (Zmax=5.29; θ=0) was obtained with marker D2S324. Critical recombination events mapped the GEFS+ gene to a 29-cM region flanked by markers D2S156 and D2S311, with the idiopathic generalized epilepsy locus thereby assigned to chromosome 2q23-q31. The existence of the heterogeneous epilepsy phenotypes in this kindred suggests that seizure predisposition determined by the GEFS+ gene on chromosome 2q could be modified by other genes and/or by environmental factors, to produce the different seizure types observed

Publisher: The American Society of Human Genetics. Published by Elsevier Inc.
Year: 2000
DOI identifier: 10.1086/302768
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