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OBJECTIVE: The ank/ank mouse develops a phenotype similar to ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in humans. ANKH, the human homolog of the mutated gene in the ank/ank mouse, has been implicated in familial autosomal-dominant chondrocalcinosis and autosomal-dominant craniometaphyseal dysplasia. This study was undertaken to investigate the role of ANKH in susceptibility to and clinical manifestations of AS. METHODS: Sequence variants were identified by genomic sequencing of the 12 ANKH exons and their flanking splice sites in 48 AS patients; variants were then screened in 233 patients and 478 controls. Linkage to the ANKH locus was assessed in 185 affected-sibling-pair families. RESULTS: Five single-nucleotide polymorphisms were identified within the coding region and flanking splice sites. No association between either susceptibility to AS or its clinical manifestations and these novel polymorphisms, or between disease susceptibility and 3 known promoter variants, was seen. No linkage between the ANKH locus and AS was observed. Multipoint exclusion mapping rejected the hypothesis of a locus of a magnitude lambda>/=1.4 (logarithm of odds score <-2) (equivalent to a genetic contribution of >10% to the AS sibling recurrence risk ratio) within this area contributing to AS. CONCLUSION: These findings indicate that ANKH is not significantly involved in susceptibility to or clinical manifestations of AS.

Original publication




Journal article


Arthritis and rheumatism

Publication Date





2898 - 2902


Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Headington, UK.


Humans, Spondylitis, Ankylosing, Genetic Predisposition to Disease, Phosphate Transport Proteins, Membrane Proteins, Gene Frequency, Genotype, Phenotype, Polymorphism, Genetic, Adult, Female, Male, Genetic Linkage