Haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a severe disorder of early infancy consistent with an autosomal recessive inheritance. Neither the genetic locus nor the biochemical defect is known for the disease. A constitutional pericentric inversion of chromosome 9. with breakpoints in bands 9p23 and 9q31, has been reported in a case of HLH, suggesting a possible relationship between this chromosome abnormality and the disease. We investigated such an association, performing a genetic linkage analysis in a set of five consanguineous HLH families. 27 polymorphic markers on chromosome 9 were studied, excluding most of chromosome 9 as a putative site for the HLH gene.
- Chromosome 9
- Haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis
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