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Multiple genes, interacting with the environment, contribute to the susceptibility to type 2 diabetes. We performed a genome-wide search to localize type 2 diabetes susceptibility genes in a recently genetically isolated population in the Netherlands. We identified 79 nuclear families with type 2 diabetes who were related within 13 generations and performed a 770-marker genome-wide scan search for shared founder alleles. Twenty-six markers yielded a logarithm of odds (LOD) score >0.59 (nominal P < 0.05), of which 7 reached LOD scores >1.17 (nominal P < 0.01). The strongest evidence for a type 2 diabetes locus was at marker D18S63 on chromosome 18p (LOD 2.3, P = 0.0006). This region was investigated further using additional markers. For one of these markers (D18S1105), we found a significant association with type 2 diabetes (odds ratio 6.7 [95% CI 1.5-30.7], P = 0.005 for the 97-bp allele, assuming a dominant model), which increased when limiting the analysis to patients with high BMI (12.25 [2.1-71], P = 0.003). A locus on chromosome 18p in patients with high BMI was suggested earlier by Parker et al. Our study is the first to confirm this locus.

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3001 - 3004


Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


Chromosomes, Human, Pair 18, Humans, Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2, Genetic Predisposition to Disease, Genetic Markers, Body Mass Index, Chromosome Mapping, Demography, Founder Effect, Genes, Dominant, Lod Score, Alleles, Genome, Human, Middle Aged, Netherlands, Genetic Testing