Homozygosity for a null allele of SMIM1 defines the Vel-negative blood group phenotype

@article{Storry2013HomozygosityFA,
  title={Homozygosity for a null allele of SMIM1 defines the Vel-negative blood group phenotype},
  author={Jill R. Storry and Magnus J{\"o}ud and Mikael Kronborg Christophersen and Britt Thuresson and Bo Åkerström and Birgitta Nilsson Sojka and Bj{\"o}rn Nilsson and Martin L. Olsson},
  journal={Nature Genetics},
  year={2013},
  volume={45},
  pages={537-541}
}
The Vel antigen is present on red blood cells (RBCs) from all humans except rare Vel-negative individuals who can form antibodies to Vel in response to transfusion or pregnancy. These antibodies may cause severe hemolytic reactions in blood recipients. We combined SNP profiling and transcriptional network modeling to link the Vel-negative phenotype to SMIM1, located in a 97-kb haplotype block on chromosome 1p36. This gene encodes a previously undiscovered, evolutionarily conserved transmembrane… 

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