alexa Beta-thalassaemia unlinked to the beta-globin gene interacts with sickle-cell trait in a Portuguese family.


Journal of Blood Disorders & Transfusion

Author(s): Pacheco P, Peres MJ, Faustino P, Pischedda C, Gonalves J,

Abstract Share this page

Abstract An autosomally transmitted hypochromic microcytic mild anaemia with elevated haemoglobin (Hb) A2 and globin chain imbalance has been observed in a three-generation family of Portuguese origin. Extensive DNA analysis of the beta-globin gene cluster, including the complete sequencing of the beta-globin gene and flanking regions, failed to reveal any genetic alteration. The co-segregation of sickle-cell trait in this family enabled us to postulate a defective erythroid trans-acting factor was playing a role in the down-regulation of both beta A- and beta S-globin genes. Among the transcription factors that could possibly have caused the reported phenotype, NF-E2 is unlikely to be implicated, whereas Nrf1 and Nrf2 cannot be ruled out. Thus, this family carries a novel beta-thalassaemia autosomal determinant unlinked to the beta-globin gene. This observation reinforces the notion of the haemoglobinopathies as single gene disorders under polygenic regulation.
This article was published in Br J Haematol and referenced in Journal of Blood Disorders & Transfusion

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version