The results of a collaborative study involving about one third of the total DMD and BMD cases living in the Italian territory are reported. The analysis of the breakpoint frequency by intron revealed significant differences among regional groups of DMD patients (for introns 2, 11 and 50 in Sardinia and for introns 9 and 45 in northeastern Italy), whereas no regional differences were observed among regional groups of BMD patients. These differences involve the same Italian regions which previous studies, performed by different markers, identified as "genetically differentiated". The data support the possibility of a differential distribution among populations of some intronic sequences, facilitating the origin of deletion breakpoints within the dystrophin gene.
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1994|
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