Article Text

PDF

A PCR-SSP method for detecting the Cys282Tyr mutation in the HFE gene associated with hereditary haemochromatosis.
  1. D Smillie
  1. Histocompatibility Laboratory, National Blood Service (Trent Centre), Sheffield, UK.

    Abstract

    Hereditary haemochromatosis is a common genetic disorder that causes hyperabsorption of dietary iron, leading to increased deposition and various organic diseases. Early diagnosis is important if effective treatment is to be applied and the iron overload corrected before the onset of clinical symptoms. Recently, a candidate gene has been identified in which a single point mutation shows a very close association with hereditary haemochromatosis. A polymerase chain reaction method using sequence specific primers (PCR-SSP) is described that, in conjunction with a simple DNA extraction method, would provide a specific diagnostic test or rapid screening procedure for this putative haemochromatosis associated mutation.

    Statistics from Altmetric.com

    Request permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.