Use of a neurophysiological trait in linkage analysis of schizophrenia

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      Traditional diagnostic techniques may not provide all the information necessary to reveal the genetic causes of schizophrenia through linkage analysis. Use of neurophysiological indicator variables that are associated with the disease may increase the probability of detecting linkage. Such variables not only produce simpler phenotypes for analysis, but they also may be more proximal to the gene products involved in neurological dysfunctions underlying schizophrenia. We have used a previously characterized neurophysiological variable, the P50 evoked-auditory response, to search for chromosomal regions that may be of interest in the study of schizophrenia. Although our scan of over 300 markers did not show strong evidence for linkage to P50 in nine families, this exploratory analysis has revealed several chromosomal regions that may deserve further study.


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