Autosomal dominant osteopetrosis (ADO), is a heritable disorder that results from a failure of osteoclast-mediated bone resorption. The etiology of the disorder is unknown. A previous linkage study of one Danish family mapped an ADO locus to chromosome 1p21. We have studied two families from Indiana with ADO. The present study sought to determine if the ADO gene in these families was also linked to chromosome 1p21. We used six microsatellite repeat markers, which demonstrated linkage to the 1p21 ADO locus in the Danish study, to perform linkage analysis in the new kindreds. Multipoint analysis excluded linkage of ADO to chromosome 1p21 (logarithm of the odds score < -7.00) in both families. In addition, no haplotype segregated with the disorder in either family. In summary, the present investigation ruled out linkage of ADO to chromosome 1p21 in two families from Indiana. Our results demonstrate that there is locus heterogeneity of this disorder; therefore, mutations in at least two different genes can give rise to the ADO phenotype.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Biochemistry, medical