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  1. Influence of gender on susceptibility to multiple sclerosis and age of onset in concordant sibships.

    Article - En anglais

    Background

    Research has produced conflicting findings about whether there is an excess of like-sexed pairs among concordant multiple sclerosis (MS) sibships.

    Although a positive correlation in onset age among sibling pairs overall has been reported, no data have been published describing age at onset correlations for like-sexed versus unlike-sexed pairs.

    The purpose of this study was to provide additional information on both issues.

    Methods

    Patients with an MS sibling were sought through the files of the University of Alberta MS Clinic (Edmonton, Canada).

    The clinic neurologist either reviewed clinical/autopsy material or assessed relatives of index cases prior to accepting the relative as having MS.

    Pairs of siblings (excluding twins) were divided into (1) male-male pairs, (2) female-female pairs, and (3) female-male pairs.

    Results

    A total of 62 concordant sibling pairs were identified.

    There were 33 like-sexed pairs (6 male-male/27 female-female) and 29 unlike-sexed pairs.

    The observed number of like-sexed pairs was not significantly different from the expected frequency using 2 x 2 khi2 analysis, where expected values represent the binomial distribution predicted from the frequency of each sex as determined by total number of males and females.

    The age at onset intraclass correlation coefficient was - 0.09 for sibling pairs overall, - 0.22 for like-sexed pairs and+0.02 for unlike-sexed pairs.

    Conclusions

    This study does not provide evidence for an a...

    Mots-clés Pascal : Sclérose en plaque, Age apparition, Déterminisme génétique, Fratrie, Sexe, Homme, Canada, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Système nerveux pathologie, Système nerveux central pathologie, Maladie inflammatoire

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Multiple sclerosis, Age of onset, Genetic inheritance, Sibling, Sex, Human, Canada, North America, America, Nervous system diseases, Central nervous system disease, Inflammatory disease

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 96-0123351

    Code Inist : 002B17F. Création : 199608.