, Volume 87, Issue 9, pp 735-740
Date: 10 Jun 2008

Frequencies of the haemochromatosis gene (HFE) variants C282Y, H63D and S65C in 6,020 ethnic Danish men

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The objective was to assess the frequencies of haemochromatosis (HFE) gene mutations or variants C282Y, H63D and S65C in ethnic Danes. This is a prospective epidemiologic population study. A cohort of 6,020 Danish men aged 30–50 years was screened for HFE C282Y (c845G→A), H63D (c187C→G) and S65C (c193A→T) gene variants, assessed on saliva or blood samples by restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis. The C282Y gene variant allele was present in 5.6%, H63D in 12.8% and S65C in 1.8% of the chromosomes. In the entire series, we observed 1.4% H63D/C282Y, 0.1% S65C/C282Y and 0.4% H63D/S65C compound heterozygotes. The C282Y allele frequency in Denmark is of similar order as reported in other Scandinavian countries: Iceland 5.1%, Faeroe Islands 6.6%, Norway 6.8% and Sweden 5.8%. Also, the H63D frequency in Denmark is close to the frequencies in other Scandinavian countries: Iceland 10.9%, Faeroe Islands 15.2%, Norway 11.4% and Sweden 12.1%.