Destro-Bisol, G.; d'Aloja, E.; Dobosz, M.; Pascali, V.L. ); Spedini, G. ); Presciuttini, S. )
A sample of the Ewondo population (a Bantu-speaking group of Southern Cameroon) was analyzed for the polymorphism at three tandem repeated DNA loci (ApoB 3[prime] HVR, D2S44, and D7S21). The authors observed a greater number of ApoB 3[prime] HVR alleles (17) and a significantly higher estimated heterozygosity (.879[+-].011) than in previously surveyed populations, with the exception of U.S. Blacks. The higher genetic variability of Ewondo and U.S. Blacks was also shown by the ApoB 3[prime] HVR allele-frequency spectra. A method for measuring population distances, based on cumulative fragment-size distribution, is described. Interpopulation comparisons for ApoB 3[prime] HVR were carried out by this method and were compared with those obtained by a genetic distance measurement. The two sets of results showed a consistent pattern of population differentiation: the Ewondos and the U.S. Blacks clustered together and were apart from both a Caucasian cluster (Swedes, U.S. Whites, Italians, and Germans) and other well-defined populations (Sikhs of India and Pehuence Indians of Chile). Profile distances were then computed from D2S44 and D7S21 binned data. This analysis indicated a genetic affinity between Ewondos, U.S. Blacks, and Afro-Caribbean Blacks and outlined the genetic diversity between Ewondos, Caucasians, and Asian Indians. 56 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.
Berumen-Campos, J; Casas-Avila, L; Hernández-Mendoza, A; Segura-Salinas, E; Medina-León, R; Larriva-Sahd, J
Each individual may be identified by characterizing its genetic material by DNA fingerprinting technology. Its application in Mexico demands a knowledge of the allelic and genotypic diversity of the DNA markers and the probability that two individuals may have the same fingerprint. In the present study the allelic and genotypic diversities of the loci D12S11 (MS43A), D7S22 (g3) and D1S7 (MS1) were determined in 100 Mexican students of the military school of medicine (Escuela Médico Militar de México). The mean allelic frequency of the loci MS43A, g3, and MS1 was 0.01, 0.008 and 0.006, respectively. The heterozygosity of MS43A and g3 was 98 and 99% for MS1. The probability that two individuals might have the same genetic pattern was 2.0 x 10(-4), 1.3 x 10(-4) and 7.2 x 10(-5) for the loci MS43A, g3 and MS1, respectively, and as low as 1.9 x 10(-12) for the three taken together. These data indicate that the genetic diversity of these DNA fingerprinting markers in the Mexican population is high enough to warrant its use in paternity testing and in the identification of individuals in forensic medicine.
Coon, H.; Jensen, S.; Hoff, M.; Holik, J.; Plaetke, R.; Reimherr, F.; Wender, P.; Leppert, M.; Byerley, W. )
Manic-depressive illness (MDI), also known as [open quotes]bipolar affective disorder[close quotes], is a common and devastating neuropsychiatric illness. Although pivotal biochemical alterations underlying the disease are unknown, results of family, twin, and adoption studies consistently implicate genetic transmission in the pathogenesis of MDI. In order to carry out linkage analysis, the authors ascertained eight moderately sized pedigrees containing multiple cases of the disease. For a four-allele marker mapping at 5 cM from the disease gene, the pedigree sample has >97% power to detect a dominant allele under genetic homogeneity and has >73% power under 20% heterogeneity. To date, the eight pedigrees have been genotyped with 328 polymorphic DNA loci throughout the genome. When autosomal dominant inheritance was assumed, 273 DNA markers gave lod scores <[minus]2.0 at [theta] = .05, and 4 DNA marker loci yielded lod scores >1 (chromosome 5 -- D5S39, D5S43, and D5S62; chromosome 11 -- D11S85). Of the markers giving lod scores >1, only D5S62 continued to show evidence for linkage when the affected-pedigree-member method was used. The D5S62 locus maps to distal 5q, a region containing neurotransmitter-receptor genes for dopamine, norepinephrine, glutamate, and gamma-aminobutyric acid. Although additional work in this region may be warranted, the linkage results should be interpreted as preliminary data, as 68 unaffected individuals are not past the age of risk. 72 refs., 2 tabs.