Autosomal dominant restless legs syndrome maps to chromosome 20p13 (RLS-5) in a Dutch kindred


  • Potential conflict of interest: This study was supported by the Erasmus MC Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The authors report no conflicts of interest.


Six chromosomal loci have been mapped for restless legs syndrome (RLS) through family-based linkage analysis (RLS-1 to RLS-6), but confirmation has met with limited success, and causative mutations have not yet been identified. We ascertained a large multigenerational Dutch family with RLS of early onset (average 18 years-old). The clinical study included a follow-up of 2 years. To map the underlying genetic defect, we performed a genome-wide scan for linkage using high-density SNP microarrays. A single, strong linkage peak was detected on chromosome 20p13, under an autosomal-dominant model, in the region of the RLS-5 locus (maximum multipoint LOD score 3.02). Haplotype analysis refined the RLS-5 critical region from 5.2 to 4.5 megabases. In conclusion, we provide the first confirmation of the RLS-5 locus, and we reduce its critical region. The identification of the underlying mutation might reveal an important susceptibility gene for this common movement disorder. © 2010 Movement Disorder Society