Fasting insulin and obesity-related phenotypes are linked to chromosome 2p: The strong heart family study

Vincent P. Diego, Harald H.H. Göring, Shelley A. Cole, Laura Almasy, Thomas D. Dyer, John Blangero, Ravindranath Duggirala, Sandra Laston, Charlotte Wenger, Teresa Cantu, Bennett Dyke, Kari North, Theodore Schurr, Lyle G. Best, Richard B. Devereux, Richard R. Fabsitz, Barbara V. Howard, Jean W. MacCluer

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To localize quantitative trait loci for insulin metabolism and obesity, genome scans/linkage analyses were performed on >900 members of 32 extended families participating in phase 3 of the Strong Heart Study, an investigation of the genetic and environmental determinants of cardiovascular disease in American-Indian populations from Arizona, Oklahoma, and North and South Dakota. Linkage analyses of fasting insulin and two obesity-related phenotypes, BMI and percent fat mass, were performed independently in each of the three populations. For log fasting insulin, we found a genome-wide maximum, robust logarithm of odds (LOD) score of 3.42 at 51 cM on chromosome 2p in the Dakotas. Bivariate linkage analyses of log fasting insulin with both BMI and fat mass indicate a situation of incomplete pleiotropy, as well as several significant bivariate LOD scores in the Dakotas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1874-1878
Number of pages5
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • LOD, logarithm of odds
  • QTL, quantitative trait locus
  • SHFS, Strong Heart Family Study
  • SHS, Strong Heart Study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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