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Gene Mapping for Quantitative Traits

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Identifier:
First received: May 25, 2000
Last updated: February 17, 2016
Last verified: October 2002
To conduct gene mapping studies for quantitative traits.

Cardiovascular Diseases Heart Diseases

Study Type: Observational

Further study details as provided by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI):

Study Start Date: September 1995
Study Completion Date: August 2000
Detailed Description:


The study built upon existing sib-pair methods for multipoint mapping of Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL)s. It greatly expanded upon the statistical methodology to identify and localize QTLs for complex traits by merging sib-pair methods with a powerful twin design which used phenotypic data on monozygotic (identical) and dizygotic (fraternal) twins to resolve phenotypic variability into genetic and non-genetic components, and partition human quantitative genetic variation into effects due to loci on specific chromosomal regions. This quantitative methodology was applied to risk factors for cardiovascular disease -- one of the most pressing health problems in Western society. Population-based samples of Dutch, Swedish, and Australian twins had been identified in previous studies, phenotypic measures on lipids, lipoproteins, and other important cardiovascular risk factors had been obtained, and blood had been banked in a valuable resource which was available for use in this study. In 500 DZ twin pairs, a series of 175 highly polymorphic microsatellite markers were detected using an automated process for detecting fluorescent signals. These data were analyzed using the new statistical methods both to confirm the effects of a series of candidate loci and to test for the effects of previously unknown QTLs.

The study completion date listed in this record was obtained from the "End Date" entered in the Protocol Registration and Results System (PRS) record.


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 100 Years   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
No eligibility criteria
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00005535

Sponsors and Collaborators
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
OverallOfficial: George Vogler Penn State University
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00005535     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 5068
R01HL055976 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: May 25, 2000
Last Updated: February 17, 2016

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Diseases processed this record on September 25, 2017