Skin fibroblasts from five unrelated males with X-linked hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyl transferase deficiency and from their families have been exposed to medium containing 6-thioguanine. This purine analogue selects against cells with normal hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyl transferase activity and therefore permits detection of mutant cells in heterozygous populations. The results of these studies are compared to those obtained by autoradiography of single-cell clones of skin fibroblasts from the same subjects. In each case, the results of the selective method are similar to those obtained by clonal analysis. The use of selective medium therefore provides a sensitive means to detect heterozygosity at this locus and may provide a general method to select cells with X-linked markers from heterozygous populations.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Molecular Biology