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J Biochem Biophys Methods. 2001 Jan 30;47(1-2):39-51.

Evaluation of DHPLC in the analysis of hemophilia A.

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Department of Human Genetics, University of Würzburg, Biozentrum, Am Hubland, D-97074, Würzburg, Germany.


The manifestation of hemophilia A, a common hereditary bleeding disorder in humans, is caused by abnormalities in the factor VIII (FVIII) gene. A wide range of different mutations has been identified and provides the genetic basis for the extensive variability observed in the clinical phenotype. The knowledge of a specific mutation is of great interest as this may facilitate genetic counseling and prediction of the risk of anti-FVIII antibody development, the most serious complication in hemophilia A treatment to date. Due to its considerable size (7.2 kb of the coding sequence, represented by 26 exons), mutation detection in this gene represents a challenge that is only partially met by conventional screening methods such as denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) or single stranded conformational polymorphism (SSCP). These techniques are time consuming, require specific expertise and are limited to detection rates of 70-85%. In contrast, the recently introduced denaturing high performance liquid chromatography (dHPLC) offers a promising new method for a fast and sensitive analysis of PCR-amplified DNA fragments. To test the applicability of dHPLC in the molecular diagnosis of hemophilia A, we first assessed a cohort of 156 patients with previously identified mutations in the FVIII gene. Applying empirically determined exon-specific melting profiles, a total of 150 mutations (96.2%) were readily detected. Five mutations (3.2%) could be identified after temperatures were optimized for the specific nucleotide change. One mutation (0.6%) failed to produce a detectable heteroduplex signal. In a second series, we analyzed 27 hemophiliacs in whom the mutation was not identified after extensive DGGE and chemical mismatch cleavage (CMC) analysis. In 19 of these patients (70.4%), dHPLC facilitated the detection of the disease-associated nucleotide alterations. From these findings we conclude that the dHPLC technology is a highly sensitive method well suited to the molecular analysis of hemophilia A.

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