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Genetic analysis of multiple sclerosis in Europeans: French data

J Neuroimmunol. 2003 Oct;143(1-2):74-8
Alizadeh M, Genin E, Babron MC, Birebent B, Cournu-Rebeix I, Yaouanq J, Dreano S, Sawcer S, Compston A, Clanet M, Edan G, Fontaine B, Clerget-Darpoux F, Semana G.
Laboratoire d'Immunologie, UPRES EA 1257 (IFR97), Faculte de Medecine, 2 Avenue du Pr Leon Bernard CS 34317, 35043 Cedex, Rennes, France

We report the results of a genome-wide screen for linkage disequilibrium (LD) in multiple sclerosis (MS) performed on 200 cases, 200 controls and 200 case-parent trios from France employing pooled DNA methodology.

A total of 3510 microsatellite markers supplied through the GAMES collaborative were analysed and ranked according to their evidence for association.

The most promising 117 markers were then followed up in a two-step validation process.

In the first step, additional PCR of the DNA pools was performed in order to refine the ranking order.

In the second step, markers were genotyped in individual cases and parents from the trio families.

Seven markers showing nominally significant allele frequency differences between affected and unaffected emerged-D6S265, D12S1064, TNFa, D7S1824, D14S1426, D14S605 and D21S2051.

These potential associations will require confirmation in further studies.