The region of chromosome 14q24 has been of particular interest as it is known to contain one of the early-onset Alzheimer disease genes (AD3). Other genes of medical interest, such as arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, have been mapped to this region by linkage analysis or chromosome rearrangements. We have focused on the region of a balanced translocation (2;14)(p25;q24). Members of a family with this translocation all have anterior polar cataracts, suggesting the presence of a gene involved in lens integrity at the vicinity of the breakpoint. The chromosome 14 breakpoint has been defined between the short tandem repeats D14S289 and D14S277, a region of overlap for yeast artificial chromosomes (YACs) 888b2 and 934d4. We have extended the study of the region to 2 Mb on chromosome 14 and present a physical map of this region, including several sequence-tagged sites. New probes were generated using several end clones and inter-Alu PCR fragments from YACs. cDNA selection was used to identify transcribed sequences. Mapping and alignment of 17 nonoverlapping cDNAs completed by sequence and expression pattern analysis suggested that a minimum of eight putative transcription units is present in this region: six of these units correspond to five new genes and one member of a new gene family.