Résumé : Previous linkage and allelic association studies using DNA polymorphisms, cosegregation of cytogenetic abnormalities with psychiatric illness, and assignment of genes involved in neutotransmitter metabolism suggested that chromosome 11 may harbor a gene predisposing to bipolar illness. The authors examined linkage in the families of 14 probands with bipolar illness, with the candidate genes tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), D4 dopamine receptor (DRD4) at 11p15, tyrosinase (TYR) at 11q14-q21, and D2 dopamine receptor (DRD2) at 11q22-q23, as well as with the c-Harvey-ras oncogene (HRAS) and insulin gene (INS), both located at 11p15, a region that previously showed linkage to bipolar illness.