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Cytogenet Cell Genet. 1992;59(4):253-7.

The human catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene maps to band q11.2 of chromosome 22 and shows a frequent RFLP with BglI.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Genetics, Oulu University Central Hospital, Finland.


We have been able to assign the human catechol-O-methyltransferase gene (COMT) to chromosome 22q11.2 by using Southern blot analysis of panels of somatic cell hybrids and chromosomal in situ hybridization. Furthermore, Southern blot analysis of DNA from blood and bone marrow samples of a patient with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), having an extra Philadelphia chromosome (Ph1) in addition to the one produced by the reciprocal translocation between chromosomes 9 and 22, showed increased COMT and BCR gene dosage as compared to DNAs originating from CML patients with only one Ph1 chromosome or from chromosomally normal individuals. Control hybridizations of the same blot with TCRG- and TCRA-specific probes showed corresponding signal intensities in all samples. A relatively frequent two-allele COMT gene RFLP (PIC = 0.37) was recognized in DNAs digested with BglI. Our gene mapping result is in concordance with that previously reported by Brahe et al. (1986), who used an autoradiozymogram assay on different somatic cell hybrids to map this gene to chromosome 22.

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