Simultaneous screening for β-thalassemia mutations by chemical cleavage of mismatch

Irma Dianzani, Clara Camaschella, Giuseppe Saglio, Susan M. Forrest, Susan Ramus, Richard G H Cotton

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


We used the chemical cleavage of mismatch (CCM) method to screen the β-globin gene simultaneously for Mediterranean β-thalassemia mutations. The β-globin gene was amplified in two segments encompassing the whole gene and hybridized to a corresponding labeled PCR product from a normal subject. All the known mutations tested were identified and discriminated. Three β-thalassemic subjects with previously undiagnosed mutations were identified as carriers of two rare DNA changes. The inheritance of the mutations could be traced in family studies, showing the reliability of the method even for prenatal diagnosis. The β-globin gene polymorphisms were also detected and the framework was determined for most alleles. Our results suggest further applicability of the CCM method as a means to screen a gene simultaneously for multiple mutations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-53
Number of pages6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


Dive into the research topics of 'Simultaneous screening for β-thalassemia mutations by chemical cleavage of mismatch'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this