Alzheimer disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia. We conducted a genome screen of 103 patients with late-onset AD who were ascertained as part of the Genetic Research in Isolated Populations (GRIP) program that is conducted in a recently isolated population from the southwestern area of The Netherlands. All patients and their 170 closely related relatives were genotyped using 402 microsatellite markers. Extensive genealogy information was collected, which resulted in an extremely large and complex pedigree of 4,645 members. The pedigree was split into 35 subpedigrees, to reduce the computational burden of linkage analysis. Simulations aiming to evaluate the effect of pedigree splitting on false-positive probabilities showed that a LOD score of 3.64 corresponds to 5% genomewide type I error. Multipoint analysis revealed four significant and one suggestive linkage peaks. The strongest evidence of linkage was found for chromosome 1q21 (heterogeneity LOD [HLOD]=5.20 at marker D1S498). Approximately 30 cM upstream of this locus, we found another peak at 1q25 (HLOD=4.0 at marker D1S218). These two loci are in a previously established linkage region. We also confirmed the AD locus at 10q22-24 (HLOD=4.15 at marker D10S185). There was significant evidence of linkage of AD to chromosome 3q22-24 (HLOD=4.44 at marker D3S1569). For chromosome 11q24-25, there was suggestive evidence of linkage (HLOD=3.29 at marker D11S1320). We next tested for association between cognitive function and 4,173 single-nucleotide polymorphisms in the linked regions in an independent sample consisting of 197 individuals from the GRIP region. After adjusting for multiple testing, we were able to detect significant associations for cognitive function in four of five AD-linked regions, including the new region on chromosome 3q22-24 and regions 1q25, 10q22-24, and 11q25. With use of cognitive function as an endophenotype of AD, our study indicates the that the RGSL2, RALGPS2, and C1orf49 genes are the potential disease-causing genes at 1q25. Our analysis of chromosome 10q22-24 points to the HTR7, MPHOSPH1, and CYP2C cluster. This is the first genomewide screen that showed significant linkage to chromosome 3q23 markers. For this region, our analysis identified the NMNAT3 and CLSTN2 genes. Our findings confirm linkage to chromosome 11q25. We were unable to confirm SORL1; instead, our analysis points to the OPCML and HNT genes.
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