Segregation analyses of asthma and respiratory allergy: The Humboldt family study

Chen, Y.; Schnell, A.H.; Rennie, D.C.; Elston, R.C.; Lockinger, L.A.; Dosman, J.A.

American Journal of Medical Genetics 104(1): 23-30

2001


ISSN/ISBN: 0148-7299
PMID: 11746023
DOI: 10.1002/ajmg.10026
Accession: 011334329

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Abstract
We performed segregation analyses of asthma and respiratory allergy based on data from 309 nuclear families comprising 1,053 individuals living in the town of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, in 1993, using the REGD program of the S.A.G.E. program package. For adults, information on asthma and history of respiratory allergy was provided by the subjects themselves, and for children by their parents. When asthma was considered as the trait in segregation analysis, models of no major effect, with or without familial effects, were rejected, but they were not rejected after adjusting for history of respiratory allergy. The major gene hypothesis was not rejected before adjusting for history of respiratory allergy. When respiratory allergy was analyzed as the trait, both major gene and multifactorial models fitted the data well, regardless of whether there was adjustment for asthma or not. Other covariates adjusted for in the segregation analyses were age, sex, number of household smokers, current smoking, number of household members, generation, and house type. The data suggest that a major gene related to respiratory allergy may explain the familial aggregation of asthma.

Segregation analyses of asthma and respiratory allergy: The Humboldt family study