A recently isolated cDNA clone from the iduronate sulfatase (IDS) gene has been used both to seed a contig of overlapping yeast artificial chromosomes (YACs) and to investigate the molecular defect in patients with Hunter syndrome (MPS II). Six YAC clones were found to span the IDS gene, and those and 14 other YACs were assembled into a 1.2-Mb contig around the gene in Xq27-q28. The physical map of the region identifies several putative CpG islands, suggesting the presence of other genes in the vicinity. DNA from a patient with a translocation breakpoint in the gene also permitted the orientation of the contig in the chromosome. Southern analysis of DNA from 25 unrelated Italian Hunter syndrome patients revealed 4 with deletions or rearrangements in the IDS gene.
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