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Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research

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WENNING, M.R.S.C. et al. a-Globin genes: thalassemic and structural alterations in a Brazilian population. Braz J Med Biol Res [online]. 2000, vol.33, n.9, pp.1041-1045. ISSN 0100-879X.

Seven unrelated patients with hemoglobin (Hb) H disease and 27 individuals with a-chain structural alterations were studied to identify the a-globin gene mutations present in the population of Southeast Brazil. The -a3.7, --MED and -(a)20.5 deletions were investigated by PCR, whereas non-deletional a-thalassemia (aHpha, aNcoIa, aaNcoI, aIca and aTSaudia) was screened with restriction enzymes and by nested PCR. Structural alterations were identified by direct DNA sequencing. Of the seven patients with Hb H disease, all of Italian descent, two had the -(a)20.5/-a3.7 genotype, one had the --MED/-a3.7 genotype, one had the --MED/aHpha genotype and three showed interaction of the -a3.7 deletion with an unusual, unidentified form of non-deletional a-thalassemia [-a3.7/(aa)T]. Among the 27 patients with structural alterations, 15 (of Italian descent) had Hb Hasharon (a47Asp®His) associated with the -a3.7 deletion, 4 (of Italian descent) were heterozygous for Hb J-Rovigo (a53Ala®Asp), 4 (3 Blacks and 1 Caucasian) were heterozygous for Hb Stanleyville-II (a78Asn®Lys) associated with the a+-thalassemia, 1 (Black) was heterozygous for Hb G-Pest (a74Asp®Asn), 1 (Caucasian) was heterozygous for Hb Kurosaki (a7Lys®Glu), 1 (Caucasian) was heterozygous for Hb Westmead (a122His®Gln), and 1 (Caucasian) was the carrier of a novel silent variant (Hb Campinas, a26Ala®Val). Most of the mutations found reflected the Mediterranean and African origins of the population. Hbs G-Pest and Kurosaki, very rare, and Hb Westmead, common in southern China, were initially described in individuals of ethnic origin differing from those of the carriers reported in the present study and are the first cases to be reported in the Brazilian population.

Palabras clave : a-globin genes; a-globin structural variants; a-thalassemia; hemoglobin H; Hb H disease; hemoglobin variants; hemoglobinopathies.

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