Search for linkage between hand osteoarthritis and 11q 12-13 chromosomal segment

L. Kalichman, E. Kobyliansky, I. Malkin, K. Yakovenko, Gregory Livshits

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Objective: The aims of the present study were: (1) to evaluate the extent and mode of inheritance of hand osteoarthritis by using a large sample of ethnically homogeneous pedigrees of Caucasian origin; (2) to examine whether the synthetic measure of osteoarthritis according to Kellgren and Lawrence (K-L) and the more specific measure, namely, the extent of osteophytes development, have a similar putative genetic determination and pattern of biological inheritance and (3) to test the hypothesis that hand osteoarthritis dependent phenotypes are linked to the 11q 12-13 chromosomal region. Methods: The population of the present study comprised 1190 Chuvashians (Russian Federation) belonging to 295 nuclear families. Segregation analysis was carried out on a total sample. Sub-sample of 571 individuals was used to conduct Transmission/disequilibrium test (TDT) and model-based linkage analysis. Results: Adjusted for age, sex and other covariates, both OA phenotypes showed significant familial aggregation. The model fitting analysis strongly supported the hypothesis of a major gene effect on study traits. The inferred major gene explained about 52% of the osteophyte score (OPS) and 49% of the K-L score variation adjusted for confounding variables. The series of model-based linkage analyses and TDTs provided inconclusive evidence on possible linkage of both phenotypes to the 11q 12-13 chromosomal region. Conclusions: We support the hypothesis of a major gene effect in heritability of hand osteoarthritis in both phenotypes. Despite the fact that some DNA markers showed statistically significant association to studied primary phenotypes, we find only weak evidence of linkage disequilibrium between hand osteoarthritis and the proximal part of the 11q 12-13 chromosomal segment (D11S1983 for K-L score and D11S1313 for OPS). The subject, however, a merit requires further investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-568
Number of pages8
JournalOsteoarthritis and Cartilage
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Hand osteoarthritis
  • Linkage analysis
  • Segregation analysis
  • Transmission disequilibrium test


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