Beta-thalassemia with the IVS-I-1 (G-->T) mutation in a Japanese girl.

We analyzed the hemoglobins of a Japanese girl with beta-thalassemia and those of her immediate family. DNA sequencing of the cloned beta-globin gene from this patient revealed a point mutation at the IVS-I position 1 (G-->T). This rare point mutation has been found in Asian Indians, but this is the first reported Japanese case.