We report genome-wide linkage results using model-free linkage analysis (Allegro) of 358 autosomal microsatellites in 260 new inflammatory bowel disease-affected relative pairs from 139 Caucasian families, including 108 Crohn's disease-affected relative pairs and 72 ulcerative colitis-affected relative pairs. Our results provide confirmatory evidence for linkage between the IBD2 locus and the inflammatory bowel disease phenotype (lod = 2.12 at GATA91H06) and ulcerative colitis phenotype (lod = 1.44 at GATA91H06), but not the Crohn's disease phenotype. We also find confirmatory evidence for linkage between the IBD3 locus and Crohn's disease (lod = 2.26 at D6S2439) but not ulcerative colitis or inflammatory bowel disease. We find nominal evidence for linkage of inflammatory bowel disease to loci on chromosome 6q (lod = 2.21 between D6S2436/D6S305), 8q (lod = 1.57 between D8S1113/D8S1136), 15q (lod = 2.02 between D15S652/D15S816), and 22 (lod = 1.50 at D22S689); of Crohn's disease to loci on chromosome 5q approximately 50 centiMorgans centromeric from IBD5 (lod = 1.69 at D5S1501) and 15q (lod = 1.82 at D15S652); and of ulcerative colitis to a locus on chromosome 2q (lod = 2.19 between D2S1776/D2S1391). The inflammatory bowel disease linkage peak on chromosome 6q is located in the same general region that showed nominal evidence for linkage to IBD in a Belgian genome scan, and the ulcerative colitis linkage peak on chromosome 2q is located in the same general region that showed nominal evidence for linkage to the inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, or ulcerative colitis phenotypes in four other European/North American genome scans.
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