Regional localization of an X-linked mental retardation gene to Xp21.1-Xp22.13 (MRX38)
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A gene responsible for X-linked mental retardation with macrocephaly and seizures (MRX38) in a family with five affected males in three generations was localized to Xp21.1-p22.13 by linkage analysis. Recombination events placed the gene between DXS1226 distally and DXS1238 proximally, defining an interval of approximately 14 cM. A peak lod score of 2.71 was found with several loci in Xp21.1 (DXS992, DXS1236, DXS997, and DXS1036) at a recombination fraction of zero. The map intervals of 5 X-linked mental retardation loci, MRX2 (Xp22.1-p22.2), MRX19 (Xp22), MRX21 (Xp21.1-p22.3), MRX29 (Xp21.2-p22.1), and MRX32 (Xp21.2-p22.1), and two syndromal mental retardation loci, Partington syndrome (PRTS; Xp22) and Coffin-Lowry syndrome (CLS; Xp22.13-p22.2), overlap this region. As none of these display the same phenotype seen in the family reported here, this X-linked mental retardation locus may represent a new entity.
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