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Hum Genet. 1993 Mar;91(2):178-80.

Physical mapping identifies DXS265 as a useful genetic marker for carrier detection and prenatal diagnosis of X-linked agammaglobulinemia.

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Division of Cell and Molecular Biology, Institute of Child Health, London, UK.


The gene responsible for X-linked agammaglobulinemia (XLA) has not been identified; however, in the course of genetic linkage studies designed to map the locus more precisely, a number of closely linked polymorphic loci have been identified. These have proved to be useful in identifying carriers and in pre-natal diagnosis of this disease. The DXS178 locus was found to be closest to the XLA locus and has been the most usefully employed probe to date. Using physical mapping techniques, we have identified a previously cloned genetic marker, DXS265, as being situated within 5 kb of DXS178. So far, we have found one family that is not informative for DXS178 but that is informative for DXS265; females in this family can now be offered the possibility of carrier determination and pre-natal diagnosis for this life-threatening disease.

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