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Marikkannu R.,L8 02 | Aravidis C.,L8 02 | Rantala J.,L8 02 | Picelli S.,L8 02 | And 6 more authors.
Anticancer Research | Year: 2015

Background: Known breast cancer-predisposing genes account for fewer than 25% of all familial breast cancer cases and further studies are required to find the remaining high- and moderate-risk genes. We set-out to couple linkage analysis using microsatellite marker data and sequence analysis of linked regions in 13 non-BRCA1/2 families in order to find novel susceptibility loci and high-penetrant genes. Materials and Methods: Genotyping with 540 fluorescently-labeled microsatellite markers located on the 23 chromosomes at 7.25 cM resolution was used for primary linkage analysis and an additional 40 markers were used for fine-mapping of loci with a logarithm of odds (LOD) or heterogeneity LOD (HLOD) score greater than one. Whole-exome sequencing data of 28 members from all 13 families were used for the bioinformatics sequence analysis on the linked regions of these families. Results: Linkage analysis identified three loci on chromosome 18q as a putative region of interest (overall LOD=1, HLOD=1.2). Sequencing analysis of the three linked regions on 18q and mutation prediction algorithms did reveal three probable damaging variants. Conclusion: Overall, our study identified three weakly linked loci on 18q and three probable damaging variants of interest in the 13 families with breast cancer. © 2015, International Institute of Anticancer Research. All rights reserved.

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