Human Genetics

, Volume 74, Issue 3, pp 219–222 | Cite as

Leftward deletion α-thalassaemia in the Saudi Arabian population

  • M. A. F. El-Hazmi
Original Investigations


Restriction endonucleases Bam HI and Bgl II were used to investigate the molecular basis of the deletion type of α-thalassaemia in the Saudi population. Four homozygous cases and six heterozygous cases of the leftward deletion type of α-thalassaemia (-α) were identified. So far, the leftward type of α-thalassaemia has been identified mainly in the Asiatic population, while the rightward deletion is universally distributed. This paper reports for the first time the presence of leftward deletion in the Saudi population and discusses the possibility of a more universal distribution of leftward deletion.


Internal Medicine Restriction Endonuclease Metabolic Disease Molecular Basis Asiatic Population 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. F. El-Hazmi
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.College of MedicineRiyadh
  2. 2.King Khalid HospitalRiyadh

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