Evidence for a major retinitis pigmentosa locus on 19q13.4 (RP11) and association with a unique bimodal expressivity phenotype

Am J Hum Genet. 1996 Oct;59(4):864-71.


Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is the name given to a heterogeneous group of retinal degenerations mapping to at least 16 loci. The autosomal dominant form (ARP), accounting for approximately 25% of cases, can be caused by mutations in two genes, rhodopsin and peripherin/RDS, and by at least six other loci identified by linkage analysis. The RP11 locus for adRP has previously been mapped to chromosome 19q13.4 in a large English family. This linkage has been independently confirmed in a Japanese family, and we now report three additional unrelated linked U.K. families, suggesting that this is a major locus for RP. Linkage analysis in the U.K. families refines the RP11 interval to 5 cM between markers D19S180 and AFMc001yb1. All linked families exhibit incomplete penetrance; some obligate gene carriers remain asymptomatic throughout their lives, whereas symptomatic individuals experience night blindness and visual field loss in their teens and are generally registered as blind by their 30s. This "bimodal expressivity" contrasts with the variable-expressivity RP mapping to chromosome 7p (RP9) in another family, which has implications for diagnosis and counseling of RP11 families. These results may also imply that a proportion of sporadic RP, previously assumed to be recessive, might result from mutations at this locus.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 19*
  • Female
  • Genetic Linkage
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pedigree
  • Phenotype
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa / genetics*