Fine mapping of the PSORS4 psoriasis susceptibility region on chromosome 1q21

Francesca Capon, Sabrina Semprini, Sergio Chimenti, Giuseppe Fabrizi, Giovanna Zambruno, Severino Murgia, Carlo Carcassi, Marcello Fazio, Rita Mingarelli, Bruno Dallapiccola, Giuseppe Novelli

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Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder affecting approximately 2% of the Caucasian population. Family clustering of the disease is well established and non-parametric linkage analyzes have mapped disease susceptibility loci on chromosomes 6p (PSORS1) and 17q (PSORS2). Nonconfirmed evidence for linkage is also available for chromosomes 2q 3q, 4q (PSORS3), 8q, 16q, and 20p. We mapped an additional susceptibility locus on chromosome 1q21 (PSORS4). In this study, we have carried out a linkage disequilibrium analysis, in order to achieve a finer localization. We recruited 79 triads from continental Italy and typed them at five loci spanning the 1.6 Mb region generating the highest multipoint LOD scores in our previous linkage study. We observed significant evidence for association with D1S2346 marker (p=0.004). Results consistent with this data were obtained by typing an independent sample that included 28 patients and 56 controls, originating from Sardinia. In fact, p values of 0.02 were observed with both D1S2346 and D1S2715 markers. We sought further confirmation of our results by typing both samples with two novel markers (140J1C and 140J1D) flanking D1S2346. Marker 140J1D generated a p value of 0.003 in the continental Italy sample where a D1S2346/140J1D haplotype was found with a higher frequency among patients' chromosomes. Altogether our data indicate that the 1q21 susceptibility gene may be localized in the genomic interval spanned by D1S2346 and 140J1D. This report provides evidence supporting the refinement of a non-HLA psoriasis susceptibility locus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)728-730
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Investigative Dermatology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Complex disease
  • Genetic isolate
  • Linkage disequilibrium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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