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We report that a gene responsible for familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (FHC) in a kindred with a mild degree of cardiac hypertrophy maps to chromosome 15q2. The gene encoding cardiac actin, located on chromosome 15q, was analyzed and excluded as a candidate for FHC at this locus. Two additional families with typical FHC were studied and the disorder in one also maps to the chromosome 15q2 locus. The maximum combined multipoint logarithm of odds score in the two linked families is 6.02. Although these two kindreds reside in the same country, we believe that their disorder is caused by independent mutations in the 15q2 locus because of the clinical and genotypic differences between affected individuals. Mutations in at least four loci can cause FHC: chromosomes 14q1 (beta cardiac myosin heavy chain gene), 1q3, and 15q2 and another unidentified locus, suggesting substantial genetic heterogeneity.

Original publication




Journal article


Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A

Publication Date





6270 - 6274


Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Base Sequence, Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic, Child, Chromosome Mapping, Chromosomes, Human, Pair 15, Female, Genetic Linkage, Humans, Infant, Male, Middle Aged, Molecular Sequence Data, Pedigree