To identify a novel susceptibility gene for colorectal cancer (CRC), we conducted a genome-wide linkage analysis of 69 pedigrees segregating colorectal neoplasia in which involvement of known loci had been excluded, using a high-density single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array containing 10 204 markers. Multipoint linkage analyses were undertaken using both non-parametric (model-free) and parametric (model-based) methods. After the removal of SNPs in strong linkage disequilibrium, we obtained a maximum non-parametric linkage statistic of 3.40 (P = 0.0003) at chromosomal region 3q21-q24. The same genomic position also yielded the highest multipoint heterogeneity LOD (HLOD) score under a dominant model (HLOD = 3.10, genome-wide P = 0.038) with 62% of families linked to the locus. We provide evidence for a novel CRC susceptibility gene. Further studies are needed to confirm this localization and to evaluate the contribution of this locus to disease incidence.
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