A comparison of the allelic frequencies of ten DNA polymorphisms associated with factor VIII and factor IX genes in Thai and Western European populations

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The frequency of five factor VIII gene intragenic and linked DNA polymorphisms and five factor IX gene intragenic polymorphisms was studied in Thai females. The polymorphisms in the FVIII gene were detected by restriction enzymes BelI, XbaI, BglI and at linked loci DX13 (DXS15) and Stl4 (DXS52) by BqlII and TaqI, respectively, and in the FIX gene by MseI, DdeI, XmnI, TaqI and HhaI. With the exception of the BglI restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP), which is absent in Thais, factor VIII polymorphism frequencies were similar in Thais and Caucasians. Combined use of XbaI and TaqI/St14 resulted in a heterozygosity rate of greater than 90% in Thai females. For FIX, the recently described MseI RFLP in the 5‘ flanking region was the most informative polymorphism in Thais, 43% of females being heterozygous. The other four polymorphisms added little to the overall heterozygosity rate. The appropriate polymorphisms were used to track defective factor VIII and IX genes through 22 Thai pedigrees with haemophilia to enable carrier status to be assigned to female family members. The information obtained during this study will form the basis for carrier detection and prenatal diagnosis of haemophilia A and B by DNA polymorphism analysis in Thailand.

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