This paper describes individuals of Sardinian descent with heterozygous normal-Hb A2 beta-thalassemia who have a chromosome with a 7.2 Kb deletion in the psi beta/delta globin intergenic region and a chromosome with the codon 39 nonsense mutation. The propositus has the typical thalassemia-like red cell indices with a relatively high Hb level (13.4 g/dl) for a beta-thalassemia carrier, indicating a normal function of the beta-globin gene in cis to the 7.2 Kb deletion. The deletion starts between the psi beta and delta genes and ends in the IVS-2 of the delta-gene. His breakpoints are identical to a previously described deletion detected in the homozygous state in a patient with thalassemia intermedia, homozygous for G-greater than A mutation at position 5 of IVS-1. Because the mutation herein described silences the delta-globin gene and leaves intact the function of the in cis beta-globin gene we propose the definition of deletion delta zero-thalassemia.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Progress in clinical and biological research|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1989|
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