Mutational screening of thrombopoietin receptor gene (c-mpl) in patients with congenital thrombocytopenia and absent radii (TAR)

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Thrombocytopenia with absent radii (TAR) is a rare autosomal recessive disease characterized by hypomegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia and bilateral radial aplasia. We performed mutational screening of coding and promoter regions of the c-mpl gene, encoding thrombopoietin (TPO) receptor, by sequence analysis in four unrelated patients affected by TAR syndrome. Our results indicate that c-mpl gene mutations are not a common cause of thrombocytopenia in TAR syndrome.

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