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Parent-offspring trios - A resource to facilitate the identification of type 2 diabetes genes

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Mark Walker, Anne Hattersley


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The transmission disequilibrium test with use of trios (an affected proband with both parents) is a robust method for assessing the role of gene variants in disease that avoids the problem of population stratification that may confound conventional case/control studies and allows the detection of parent-of-origin effects. Trios have played a major role in defining genes in a number of polygenic conditions, including type I diabetes. We assessed the prevalence, clinical characteristics, and suitability for defining type 2 susceptibility genes of European type 2 diabetes trios. In a Caucasian population in the U.K., only 2.5% of type 2 patients had both parents alive. Using a nationwide strategy, we collected 182 trios defined by strict clinical criteria. Immunological and genetic testing resulted in the exclusion of 25 trios as a result of latent autoimmune diabetes (n = 13), inconsistent family relationships (n = 7), and maternally inherited diabetes and deafness (n = 5), The 157 remaining probands had similar treatment requirements to familial type 2 diabetic subjects but presented at a younger age, were more obese, and more frequently had affected parents, Using this resource, we have not found any evidence for linkage disequilibrium between type 2 diabetes and the glucokinase gene markers GCK1 and GGK2 and the chromosome 20 marker D20S197, We conclude that European type 2 diabetes trios are difficult to collect but provide an important additional approach to dissecting the genetics of type 2 diabetes.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Walker M; Hattersley AT; Frayling TM; McCarthy MI; Evans JC; Allen LI; Lynn S; Ayres S; Millauer B; Turner C; Turner RC; Sampson MJ; Hitman GA; Ellard S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Diabetes

Year: 1999

Volume: 48

Issue: 12

Pages: 2475-2479

Print publication date: 01/12/1999

ISSN (print): 0012-1797

ISSN (electronic): 1939-327X

Publisher: American Diabetes Association


DOI: 10.2337/diabetes.48.12.2475


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