Vesa Ollikainen

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We introduce a new method for linkage disequilibrium mapping: haplotype pattern mining (HPM). The method, inspired by data mining methods, is based on discovery of recurrent patterns. We define a class of useful haplotype patterns in genetic case-control data and use the algorithm for finding disease-associated haplotypes. The haplotypes are ordered by(More)
Developmental dyslexia is a neurofunctional disorder characterised by an unexpected difficulty in learning to read and write despite adequate intelligence, motivation, and education. Previous studies have suggested mostly quantitative susceptibility loci for dyslexia on chromosomes 1, 2, 6, and 15, but no genes have been identified yet. We studied a large(More)
Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder affecting approximately 1% of the world's population. Here, we report the results from a three-stage genomewide screen performed in a study sample from an internal isolate of Finland. An effort was made to identify genes predisposing for schizophrenia that are potentially enriched in this isolate, which has an(More)
Preeclampsia is a common, pregnancy-specific disorder characterized by reduced placental perfusion, endothelial dysfunction, elevated blood pressure, and proteinuria. The pathogenesis of this heterogeneous disorder is incompletely understood, but it has a familial component, which suggests that one or more common alleles may act as susceptibility genes. We(More)
S ystemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease with diverse and variable clinical manifestations and unknown aetiology. Epidemiological and animal studies indicate that environmental and genetic factors are involved in the development of the disease. Several candidate gene loci (including the human leucocyte antigen (HLA) region, Fcc(More)
The Van der Woude syndrome (VWS) is a dominantly inherited developmental disorder characterized by pits and/or sinuses of the lower lip, cleft lip and/or cleft palate. It is the most common cleft syndrome. VWS has shown remarkable genetic homogeneity in all populations, and so far, all families reported have been linked to 1q32-q41. A large Finnish pedigree(More)
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), the most common chronic lung disease in infancy, is influenced by a number of antenatal and postnatal risk factors and is mostly preceded by respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in the newborn. Surfactant protein (SP-A, -B, -C and -D) gene variations may play a role in both BPD and RDS. An association study between these(More)
We describe TreeDT, a novel association-based gene mapping method. Given a set of disease-associated haplotypes and a set of control haplotypes, TreeDT predicts likely locations of a disease susceptibility gene. TreeDT extracts, essentially in the form of haplotype trees, information about historical recombinations in the population: A haplotype tree(More)
We describe a new method for linkage disequilibrium mapping, Haplotype Pattern Mining (HPM). The method is based on discovering recurrent patterns, inspired by data mining methods. We define a class of useful haplotype patterns in genetic case-control data, and give an algorithm for finding disease-associated haplotypes. The haplotypes are ordered by their(More)
BACKGROUND Functional polymorphisms in the genes encoding superoxide dismutases (SOD)-that is, superoxide scavenging antioxidant enzymes-may play an important role in the development of inflammatory airway diseases such as asthma. METHODS The allele frequencies of two missense polymorphisms of SOD genes (Ala16Val in MnSOD (SOD2) and Arg213Gly in ECSOD(More)