The gene coding for a Na+,K+-ATPase α subunit (ATP1A3) has been localized to the q12åq13.2 region of human chromosome 19, potentially close to the myotonic dystrophy (DM) gene. In view of previous studies implicating a Na+,K+-ATPase in the pathology of DM, we have examined the possibility that ATP1A3 is a candidate for the DM locus. Although linked, several clear instances of recombination between ATP1A3 and DM rule out the possibility that mutations in ATP1A3 cause the disease. Examination of multiply informative pedigrees indicates the gene order DM-APOC2-ATP1A3.
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