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J Cyst Fibros. 2008 Nov;7(6):505-10. doi: 10.1016/j.jcf.2008.05.006. Epub 2008 Jun 24.

New strategy for the prenatal detection/exclusion of paternal cystic fibrosis mutations in maternal plasma.

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  • 1Department of Genetics. Fundacion Jimenez Diaz-Capio, CIBERER. 28040. Madrid, Spain.



Since the presence of fetal DNA was discovered in maternal blood, different investigations have focused on non-invasive prenatal diagnosis. The analysis of fetal DNA in maternal plasma may allow the diagnosis of fetuses at risk of cystic fibrosis (CF) without any risk of fetal loss. Here, we present a new strategy for the detection of fetal mutations causing CF in maternal plasma.


We have used a mini-sequencing based method, the SNaPshot, for fetal genotyping of the paternal mutation in maternal blood from three pregnancies at risk of CF.


The paternal mutation was detected in the analysis of plasma samples from cases 1 and 3 but not in case 2. Results of a posterior conventional molecular analysis of chorionic biopsies were in full agreement with those obtained from analysis of the plasma samples.


The knowledge about the inheritance of the paternal mutation in a fetus may avoid the conventional prenatal diagnosis in some cases. The SNaPshot technique has been shown to be a sensitive and accurate method for the detection of fetal mutations in maternal plasma. Its ease handling, rapid and low cost makes it appropriate for a future routine clinical use in non-invasive prenatal diagnosis of cystic fibrosis.

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