A non-syndrome form of neurosensory, recessive deafness maps to the pericentromeric region of chromosome 13q

Nat Genet. 1994 Jan;6(1):24-8. doi: 10.1038/ng0194-24.


Non-syndromic, recessively inherited deafness is the most predominant form of severe inherited childhood deafness. Until now, no gene responsible for this type of deafness has been localized, due to extreme genetic heterogeneity and limited clinical differentiation. Linkage analyses using highly polymorphic microsatellite markers were performed on two consanguineous families from Tunisia affected by this form of deafness. The deafness was profound, fully penetrant and prelingual. A maximum two-point lod score of 9.88 (theta = 0.001) was found with a marker detecting a 13q locus (D13S175). Linkage was also observed to the pericentromeric 13q12 loci D13S115 and D13S143. These data map this neurosensory deafness gene to the same region of chromosome 13q as the gene for severe, childhood autosomal recessive muscular dystrophy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 13*
  • Consanguinity
  • Deafness / genetics*
  • Female
  • Genes, Recessive
  • Genetic Linkage
  • Genetic Markers
  • Humans
  • Lod Score
  • Male
  • Muscular Dystrophies / genetics
  • Pedigree
  • Tunisia


  • Genetic Markers