To determine the importance of a candidate gene KCNN3 (formerly named hSKCa3) in the susceptibility to schizophrenia, we have studied the genotypes of a (CAG)n polymorphism within this gene in the DNAs of the members of 54 multiplex families with this disease. Parametric and nonparametric linkage analysis did not provide evidence for linkage between KCNN3 (that we mapped to chromosome 1q21) and schizophrenia. Furthermore, we observed no difference in the distribution of the (CAG)n alleles between affected and normal individuals. These results do not support the hypothesis that larger KCNN3 alleles are preferentially associated with schizophrenia [Chandy et al. 1998 Mol Psychiatr 3:32-37] in individuals from multiply affected families.
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