We describe a new deletional form of alpha thalassaemia which encompasses the entire alpha-like globin gene cluster in a 15-year-old boy of Southern Italian descent. The deletion removes approximately 31 kb, the 5'-end point is located approximately 4 kb upstream of the xi gene, while the 3'-end point maps between the alpha 1- and theta 1-globin genes. The interaction of this deletion with the common-alpha 3.7 form gives origin to a classical form of haemoglobin (Hb) H disease in the propositus of this study. Deletional forms of xi alpha-thalassaemia are uncommon in the Mediterranean basin; as for other unusual xi alpha-thalassaemia forms, heterozygotes for this mutation may escape detection in population surveys based on zeta and alpha probes.

A newly-characterized alpha-thalassaemia-1 deletion removes the entire alpha-like globin gene cluster in an Italian family.

SERRA, Anna;SAGLIO, Giuseppe;PIGA, Antonio Giulio;
1991-01-01

Abstract

We describe a new deletional form of alpha thalassaemia which encompasses the entire alpha-like globin gene cluster in a 15-year-old boy of Southern Italian descent. The deletion removes approximately 31 kb, the 5'-end point is located approximately 4 kb upstream of the xi gene, while the 3'-end point maps between the alpha 1- and theta 1-globin genes. The interaction of this deletion with the common-alpha 3.7 form gives origin to a classical form of haemoglobin (Hb) H disease in the propositus of this study. Deletional forms of xi alpha-thalassaemia are uncommon in the Mediterranean basin; as for other unusual xi alpha-thalassaemia forms, heterozygotes for this mutation may escape detection in population surveys based on zeta and alpha probes.
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FORTINA P.; DIANZANI I.; SERRA A.; GOTTARDI E.; SAGLIO G.; FARINASSO L.; PIGA A.; GABUTTI V.; CAMASCHELLA C.
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