Am J Hum Genet 2009 May 23;84(5):678-82. Epub 2009 Apr 23.
Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT 84105, USA.
Predisposition factors for pelvic floor disorders (PFDs), including pelvic organ prolapse (POP), stress urinary incontinence (SUI), urge urinary incontinence (UUI), and hernias, are not well understood. We assessed linkage evidence for PFDs in mostly sister pairs who received treatment for moderate-to-severe POP. We genotyped 70 affected women of European descent from 32 eligible families with at least two affected cases by using the Illumina 1 million single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) marker set. Parametric linkage analysis with general dominant and recessive models was performed by the Markov chain Monte Carlo linkage analysis method, MCLINK, and a set of SNPs was formed, from which those in high linkage disequilibrium were eliminated. Significant genome-wide evidence for linkage was identified on chromosome 9q21 with a HLOD score of 3.41 under a recessive model. Seventeen pedigrees (53%) had at least nominal evidence for linkage on a by-pedigree basis at this region. These results provide evidence for a predisposition gene for PFDs on chromosome 9q.