Previously we obtained modest linkage evidence implicating 17q11. 1-12 in bipolar disorder. A modified genome screen, based on gene-rich regions, on a collection of Irish sib-pair nuclear families revealed excess allele sharing at markers flanking the gene encoding the serotonin transporter (5-HTT; hSERT). Here we describe a study designed to combine the advantages of family-based association studies with the consideration of multiple polymorphic markers within a candidate gene. Ninety-two Irish families, with a total of 106 proband-parent trios, have been genotyped for 3 previously known polymorphisms within hSERT (5-HTTLPR, intron 2 VNTR, and 3' UTR G/T). Data from two and three polymorphic marker haplotypes revealed a number of marker combinations that showed evidence supportive of association; the most significant being for polymorphisms 5-HTTLPR and 3' UTR G/T (global chi(2), 12.91, df 3, P = 0.005). In addition, modest evidence of association also was observed for 5-HTTLPR alone. Am. J. Med. Genet. (Neuropsychiatr. Genet.) 96:845-849, 2000.
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