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ERIC Number: EJ797022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0094-730X
Genetic Studies of Stuttering in a Founder Population
Wittke-Thompson, Jacqueline K.; Ambrose, Nicoline; Yairi, Ehud; Roe, Cheryl; Cook, Edwin H.; Ober, Carole; Cox, Nancy J.
Journal of Fluency Disorders, v32 n1 p33-50 2007
Genome-wide linkage and association analyses were conducted to identify genetic determinants of stuttering in a founder population in which 48 individuals affected with stuttering are connected in a single 232-person genealogy. A novel approach was devised to account for all necessary relationships to enable multipoint linkage analysis. Regions with nominal evidence for linkage were found on chromosomes 3 (P = 0.013, 208.8 centiMorgans (cM)), 13 (P = 0.012, 52.6cM), and 15 (P = 0.02, 100cM). Regions with nominal evidence for association with stuttering that overlapped with a linkage signal are located on chromosomes 3 (P = 0.0047, 195cM), 9 (P = 0.0067, 46.5cM), and 13 (P = 0.0055, 52.6cM). We also conducted the first meta-analysis for stuttering using results from linkage studies in the Hutterites and The Illinois International Genetics of Stuttering Project and identified regions with nominal evidence for linkage on chromosomes 2 (P = 0.013, 180-195cM) and 5 (P = 0.0051, 105-120cM; P = 0.015, 120-135cM). None of the linkage signals detected in the Hutterite sample alone, or in the meta-analysis, meet genome-wide criteria for significance, although some of the stronger signals overlap linkage mapping signals previously reported for other speech and language disorders. Educational objectives: After reading this article, the reader will be able to: (1) summarize information about the background of common disorders and methodology of genetic studies; (2) evaluate the role of genetics in stuttering; (3) discuss the value of using founder populations in genetic studies; (4) articulate the importance of combining several studies in a meta-analysis; (5) discuss the overlap of genetic signals identified in stuttering with other speech and language disorders. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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