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Hereditary spherocytosis (HS) is the most common inherited haemolytic anaemia in Northern Europeans. The primary molecular defects reside in the red blood cell (RBC) membrane, particularly in proteins that link the membrane skeleton to the overlying lipid bilayer and its integral membrane constituents. Ankyrin-1 is the predominant linker molecule. It(More)
Nonsense/stop mutations in the ankyrin-1 gene (ANK1) are a major cause of dominant HS (dHS) (frequency of 23% in German dHS patients). To date, no common mutation has been found and therefore a simple mutation screening is not feasible. The reduced expression of one cDNA allele in the (AC)n microsatellite polymorphism of the ankyrin-1 gene, as seen in about(More)
Hereditary spherocytosis (HS) is the most common hemolytic anemia of congenital origin in the Japanese population. Among 844 cases of 520 kindred with congenital red cell membrane disorders studied at the Kawasaki Medical School in the last 25 years (1975-1999), 407 cases (48.2%) of 215 kindred had HS. Among the recent 60 kindred with HS, autosomal dominant(More)
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