Prevalence of HFE mutations in people from North Africa living in southernFrance

Citation
P. Aguilar-martinez et al., Prevalence of HFE mutations in people from North Africa living in southernFrance, BR J HAEM, 114(4), 2001, pp. 914-916
Citations number
10
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Hematology,"Cardiovascular & Hematology Research
Journal title
BRITISH JOURNAL OF HAEMATOLOGY
ISSN journal
0007-1048 → ACNP
Volume
114
Issue
4
Year of publication
2001
Pages
914 - 916
Database
ISI
SICI code
0007-1048(200109)114:4<914:POHMIP>2.0.ZU;2-A
Abstract
The two main mutations of the HFE (haemochromatosis) gene, C282Y and H63D, were found previously to be rare or absent among Africans. Dried blood samp les of 1276 newborns from southern France were analysed for both HFE mutati ons, and the origins of the four grandparents of each newborn were recorded . The allele frequency of C282Y and H63D was 3.0% +/- 0.7% and 16.9% +/- 1. 5% respectively. In a subgroup of 171 newborns with four North African ance stries (mainly from Morocco and Algeria) the allele frequency was 0.9% (+2. 5%)(-0.2%) for the C282Y and 13.2% +/- 3.6% for H63D. HFE mutations are not absent in individuals with North African origins living in southern Europe . This finding has implications for the diagnosis and screening of heredita ry haemochromatosis in these populations.