Linkage analysis in familial Angelman syndrome

Am J Hum Genet. 1993 Jul;53(1):105-12.


Familial Angelman syndrome (AS) can result from mutations in chromosome 15q11q13 that, when transmitted from father to child, result in no phenotypic abnormality but, when transmitted from mother to child, cause AS. These mutations therefore behave neither as dominant nor as recessive mutations but, rather, show an imprinted mode of inheritance. We have analyzed two sibling pairs with AS and a larger family with four AS offspring of three sisters with several recently described microsatellite polymorphisms in the AS region. AS siblings inherited the same maternal alleles at the GABRB3 and GABRA5 loci, and the unaffected siblings of AS individuals inherited the other maternal alleles at these loci. In one of the AS sibling pairs, analysis of a recombination event indicates that the mutation responsible for AS is distal to locus D15S63. This result is consistent with a previously described imprinted submicroscopic deletion causing AS, a deletion that includes loci D15S10, D15S113, and GABRB3, all distal to D15S63. The analysis of the larger AS family provides the first clear demonstration of a new mutation in nondeletion AS. Analysis of linkage of AS to GABRB3 in these three families, on the assumption of imprinted inheritance (i.e., penetrance of an AS mutation is 1 if transmitted maternally and is 0 if transmitted paternally), indicates a maximum lod score of 3.52 at theta = 0.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Angelman Syndrome / genetics*
  • Base Sequence
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 15
  • DNA
  • Female
  • Genetic Linkage*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Pedigree
  • Polymorphism, Genetic


  • DNA