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BACKGROUND: Mutations on the X-chromosome clinically manifesting different phenotypes of hearing loss have been mapped to the long arm at different loci, DFN1-DFN3. Another defect in a family with sex-linked, postlingual, progressive sensorineural hearing loss was mapped to Xq. METHODS: Clinically, the family was evaluated by physical and audiometric examination of 17 members including computerized tomographic (CT) evaluation of the proband. Molecular evaluation consisted of polymerase chain reaction amplification of patient genomic DNA and resolution 32P-labeled fragments by polyacrylamide gels. Inheritance of DNA alleles and deafness were analyzed using the MLINK computer program. RESULTS: Five affected males demonstrated symmetrical sensorineural hearing loss as significant as 100 decibels (dB). Two carrier females had a milder loss with frequency findings of 10 dB to 60 dB. Computerized tomography (CT) evaluation of the temporal bones of the proband was normal. The odds were 200:1 that the responsible gene was linked to locus DXS986 (maximum lod score = 2.3 at 0 = 0). Analysis of recombination events defined by family members demonstrates that the responsible gene lies in a 21 cM (30 MB) interval, between loci DXS12175 and 1106. The disease locus in this family does not appear to map to DFN1 or DFN3. CONCLUSION: The family described here, with affected males who have progressive, postlingual sensorineural hearing loss and mildly affected females maps most compatibly to the DFN2 locus. Analysis of hereditary deafness in this family refines the DFN2 locus to a 9.2 Mb region in chromosome X band q21 between DXS990 and DXS106.


Journal article


Am J Otol

Publication Date





621 - 626


Adolescent, Adult, Age of Onset, Aged, Audiometry, Chromosome Mapping, Disease Progression, Female, Genetic Linkage, Hearing Loss, Sensorineural, Heterozygote, Humans, Lod Score, Male, Mutation, Pedigree, Phenotype, X Chromosome