ORMDL3 – guilt by association?

Authors

  • M. Wjst

    1. Institute of Inhalation Biology, GSF – Forschungszentrum für Umwelt und Gesundheit, Ingolstädter Landstrasse 1, Neuherberg/Munich, Germany
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Correspondence:
Matthias Wjst, Institute of Inhalation Biology, GSF – Forschungszentrum für Umwelt und Gesundheit, Ingolstädter Landstrasse 1, Neuherberg/Munich, Germany.
E-mail: m@wjst.de

Summary

A recent British–German study described ORMDL3 as a new asthma gene. Although the association with chromosome 17q12 marker is plausible from earlier linkage data, it is far from being clear which gene caused the association signal, as it is derived from a large linkage disequilibrium (LD) block. Not only Aiolos and GSDML but also distant genes that are regulated by this site may be relevant. There may be even unidentified RNA transcripts requiring a much more detailed genetic and functional analysis before finding ORMDL3 guilty by association.

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