Characterization of an Indian (delta beta)0 thalassaemia
Wainscoat JS., Old JM., Wood WG., Weatherall DJ.
The molecular basis of delta beta thalassaemia in an Indian family is shown here to be due to a previously undescribed deletion within the beta globin gene complex. Starting 3 kilobases from the 3' end of the A gamma gene, the deletion removes the delta and beta globin genes and continues to an unknown extent in the 3' direction. Heterozygotes for this deletion have about 25% Hb F with a G gamma:A gamma ratio of 70:30 while interaction with beta+ thalassaemia results in the clinical picture of thalassaemia intermedia.