We have studied the spectrum of mutations producing beta-thalassemia (beta-thal) in South China and Southeast Asia in two groups of patients. In randomly selected patients with beta-thal major we characterized 78 beta-thal genes. In patients with beta-thal intermedia, 22 beta-thal genes were studied. The relevant mutation was characterized in all 78 genes of the first group, and 21 of 22 (96%) of mutant genes in the second group. Eight point mutations were found among the 100 genes studied. Of these eight alleles, four constituted 90% of the total. Prenatal diagnosis of beta-thalassemia in this region should be feasible by simplified techniques for direct detection of point mutations.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Progress in clinical and biological research|
|State||Published - 1987|
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