Evidence for linkage of chromosome 12q15-q24.1 markers to high total serum IgE concentrations in children of the German Multicenter Allergy Study

Genomics. 1997 Nov 15;46(1):159-62. doi: 10.1006/geno.1997.5013.


Linkage of asthma and high total serum IgE levels to chromosome 12q15-q24.1 has been recently described. To evaluate this region further in regard to total IgE responsiveness, we genotyped 52 unrelated German children with persistently "high" total serum IgE (selected from a noninterventional prospective multicenter cohort study) and their parents. We carefully defined a most extreme IgE phenotype and analyzed it as a dichotomous trait. We tested for linkage between high total IgE concentrations and nine polymorphic microsatellite markers on chromosome 12q15-q24.1 using the transmission/disequilibrium test. Evidence for linkage and allelic association for high total IgE was observed for four markers in this region. This study demonstrates the value of using extreme phenotypes in genetic analysis of a complex quantitative trait.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 12 / genetics*
  • Female
  • Genetic Linkage*
  • Genetic Markers
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Hypersensitivity / genetics*
  • Hypersensitivity / immunology
  • Immunoglobulin E / blood*
  • Infant
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Quantitative Trait, Heritable


  • Genetic Markers
  • Immunoglobulin E