The distribution of long range admixture linkage disequilibrium in an African-American population

Human Heredity
Benjamin A RybickiMichael C Iannuzzi


To better understand the effect of admixture on long range linkage disequilibrium (LD), we characterized extended LD in gene-rich regions of an African-American population. Approximately 290 cM of chromosomes 1, 3, 6, 11-17, 20 and 22 were scanned using 109 polymorphic microsatellite markers spaced an average of 3 cM apart. Disequilibrium between loci (D') was based on maximum-likelihood estimates of haplotype frequencies computed for 200 unrelated African Americans. Mean D' values were highest on chromosomes 6p23-p21.3 (D' = 0.33) and 15p22.2-p25.3 (D' = 0.34), and lowest on chromosome 12p11.2-q14 (D' = 0.21). Overall, the variance in LD among chromosomes accounted for approximately two-thirds of the total LD variance. Of the 434 locus pairs spaced between 0.3 and 38.7 cM apart, there was no detectable correlation between LD and recombination distance and a weak negative correlation between LD and physical distance (r(s) = -0.12; p = 0.031). For the 192 intrachromosomal locus pairs where allele frequency data were available from the Centre d'Etude du Polymorphisme humain (CEPH), we found a statistically significant positive correlation between LD and the allelic frequency differences (delta) between the African-American study ...Continue Reading


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