First analysis of the F508 deletion in cystic fibrosis patients from the GDR
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Cystic fibrosis (CF) patients (n = 157) from the GDR were analysed for the occurrence of the recently discovered 3bp deletion causing CF. About 50% of all investigated patients were homozygotes and about 30% heterozygotes for this deletion. Of the analysed CF chromosomes from these patients, 62% carry the deletion, which is in strong linkage disequilibrium with the KM19 restriction fragment length polymorphism allele 2 and the 1/2 XV2c/KM19 haplotype.