We present evidence of linkage between markers on chromosome 12 and asthma using the BETA program for nonparametric single- and multipoint linkage analysis. We have used quantitative scores as our phenotypic variables, combining data into indices for asthma and atopy and maximizing heritability. The largest single-locus LODs were achieved for asthma: D12S342 and asthma score (LOD 2.255), D12S324 and asthma affection (LOD 2.214), and D12S366 and wheeze (LOD 3.307). The region of interest identified using multipoint analysis, with a maximum LOD of 2.29, centers around D12S97 at location 173.5 cM with a standard error of 6.5 for the asthma score and close agreement for asthma affection and wheeze. Such evidence merits further investigation of this area in an attempt to define the region with greater precision with a view to identifying candidate genes. We hope that the methods presented will encourage researchers to use phenotypic information in a way that encourages meta-analysis.
Copyright 1998 Academic Press.