The fibrillin gene (FBN1) is the disease locus for Marfan syndrome. This disorder shows a high degree of clinical and allelic heterogeneity. Direct mutation screening has proven difficult and inefficient and at present cannot be utilized for routine analysis. In familial cases linkage analysis represents a useful tool for molecular diagnosis. We have determined the allelic frequencies of 5 polymorphic markers within the FBN1 locus in the Italian population and have successfully employed them for prenatal diagnosis and resolution of clinically equivocal cases. Copyright (C) 2000 S. Karger AG, Basel.
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