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Borderline hemoglobin A levels in northern Thai population: HBB genotypes and effects of coinherited alpha-thalassemia.

Chaweephisal, Phumin; Phusua, Arunee; Fanhchaksai, Kanda; Sirichotiyakul, Supatra; Charoenkwan, Pimlak.
Blood Cells Mol Dis; 74: 13-17, 2019 Feb.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30309760


Identification of beta-thalassemia carrier in prenatal screening relies on the elevated Hb A level. Borderline Hb A levels pose a diagnostic challenge. We determined the HBB genotypes in subjects with borderline Hb A in northern Thailand and studied the effects of coinherited alpha -thalassemia on Hb A levels.


Blood samples with Hb A 3.1-10.0% from 2193 samples submitted for prenatal thalassemia screening were selected. Information on HBB genotypes and coinherited alpha -thalassemia were collected. All samples with unknown HBB genotypes underwent an automated DNA sequencing. The Hb A levels were compared according to the coinherited alpha -thalassemia.


HBB mutations were found in 298 (98.7%) of 302 samples with Hb A 4.0-10.0%. In the 106 samples with Hb A 3.1-3.9%, six had HBB mutations; four Hb Dhonburi [codon 126 (T > G)], one CAP site mutation [CAP + 1 (A > C)] and one beta -thalassemia [codon 41/42 (-TTCT)] with a coinherited HBD mutation [nt-77 (T > C)]. The Hb A levels in beta-thalassemia carriers with and without coinherited alpha -thalassemia were not significantly different.


HBB mutations in northern Thais with borderline Hb A levels comprise an unstable variant Hb Dhonburi and CAP + 1 (A > C) mutation. Coinherited HBD mutation lowers Hb A and can cause a misidentification of a beta-thalassemia carrier.