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Blood. 1987 Dec;70(6):1797-803.

The deletion in both common types of hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin is approximately 105 kilobases.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor 48109-0618.


The most common forms of hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin (HPFH) involve large deletions that remove the adult delta and beta genes but leave the paired fetal genes (G gamma and A gamma) intact. The size of these deletions has previously eluded exact definition. Using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and the enzyme SfiI, which cuts only rarely in genomic DNA, we have constructed a large-scale restriction map of the beta-globin cluster in normal and HPFH DNA. The deletions in HPFH-1, which occurs in American blacks, and in HPFH-2, which occurs in Ghanaian blacks, are found to be approximately 105 kilobases (kb) in length, though the endpoints are staggered by approximately 5 kb. The fact that two previously reported gamma delta beta-thalassemia deletions to the 5' side of the beta-globin cluster are also about 100 kb suggests a common mechanism, possibly involving the loss of a complete chromatin loop.

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