Familial erythrocytosis, associated with high haemoglobin levels and low serum erythropoietin (Epo), has been shown to co-segregate with a sequence repeat polymorphism at the 5' region of the erythropoietin receptor (EpoR) in a large Finnish family. We have investigated the cause of erythrocytosis in an English boy. Sequencing of the cytoplasmic region of the EpoR detected a de novo transition mutation of G to A at nucleotide 6002. This mutation resulted in the formation of a stop codon at amino acid 439 with the loss of 70 amino acids from the carboxy terminus. The mutation (G6002A) has arisen independently in a Finnish family and de novo in this English boy. Patients with unexplained erythrocytosis and low serum Epo levels should be investigated for EpoR mutations.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||British Journal of Haematology|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 1998|
- Receptors, Erythropoietin
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