Considerable evidence supports a major inherited component of type 2 diabetes. We initially conducted a genome-wide scan with 440 microsatellite markers at 10-cM intervals in 19 multigenerational families of Northern European ancestry with at least two diabetic siblings. Initial two-point analyses of these families directed marker typing of 23 additional families. Subsequently, all available marker data on the total of 42 families were analyzed using both parametric and nonparametric multipoint methods to test for linkage to type 2 diabetes. One locus on chromosome 1q21-1q23 met genome-wide criteria for significant linkage under a model of recessive inheritance with a common diabetes allele (logarithm of odds [LOD] = 4.295). Both pedigree-based nonparametric linkage (NPL) analysis and affected sib pair (MAPMAKER/SIBS) nonparametric methods also showed the highest genome-wide scores at this region, near markers CRP and APOA2, but failed to meet levels of genome-wide significance. The risk of type 2 diabetes to siblings of a diabetic person when compared with the population (lambdaS) was estimated from MAPMAKER/SIBS to be 2.8 in these 42 families. Simulation studies using study data confirmed a genome-wide significance level of P<0.05 (95% CI 0.005-0.0466). However, analysis of 20 similarly ascertained but smaller families failed to confirm this linkage. The LOD score with 50% heterogeneity for all 62 families considered together was only 2.25, with an estimated lambdaS of 1.87. Our data suggest a novel diabetes susceptibility locus near APOA2 on chromosome 1 in a region with many transcribed genes.

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