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SALLUM, Juliana Maria Ferraz; FARAH, Michel Eid  and  MAUMENEE, Irene Hussels. Genetic heterogeneity in autosomal dominant optic atrophy. Arq. Bras. Oftalmol. [online]. 2002, vol.65, n.4, pp.419-426. ISSN 1678-2925.

Purpose: Autosomal dominant optic atrophy is a hereditary optic neuropathy characterized by progressive visual loss in childhood, color vision anomalies, visual field defects and temporal pallor of the optic disc. This disease has been mapped to a 1.4 cM interval in chromosome 3q28-29 between markers D3S3669 and D3S3562. One family was mapped to chromosome 18q12.2-12.3. Linkage analysis in three families with autosomal dominant optic atrophy with polymorphic DNA markers for chromosome 3q28-29 and 18q12.2-12.3. Methods: 57 individuals from three families underwent ophthalmological examination. Genomic DNA was extracted from blood samples. Linkage analysis was performed between the disease and 11 polymorphic markers around 3q28-qter and 18q12.2-12.3. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) fragments sizes were identified in a scanner gel using a 373 DNA sequencer. These numbers were used as alleles for pedigree analysis. The lod scores were calculated using the MLINK program. Results: All three families presented optic atrophy with autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance, variable expression and high penetrance. Two families were linked to 3q28-29 markers. A maximal lod score of 3.56, at a recombination fraction of zero, was obtained using the marker D3S3669 in one family. The linkage area was defined in a 2 cM interval by haplotype analysis between markers D3S2418 and D3S1305, because patients III.4 and III.14 showed crossing-overs. The third family was not linked to 3q28-29 neither to 18q12.2-12.3. Conclusions: There is genetic heterogeneity in autosomal dominant optic atrophy, because the third family did not map to any known locus. And a third locus for this disease may exist.

Keywords : Autosomal dominant optic atrophy [genetics]; Visual acuity; Visual fields; Color vision defects; Linkage (Genetics).

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