Novel point mutation in a leucine-rich repeat of the GPIbalpha chain of the platelet von Willebrand factor receptor, GPIb/IX/V, resulting in an inherited dominant form of Bernard-Soulier syndrome affecting two unrelated families: the N41H variant.

In Italy, a significant proportion of patients with autosomal dominant inheritance of macrothrombocytopenia have been recognized as having heterozygous Bernard-Soulier syndrome carrying the Bolzano-type defect. This condition prompted a systematic review of our out-patients with chronic isolated macrothrombocytopenia. We recognized that the affected members… (More)