In view of the reported variations of cystic fibrosis (CF) associated haplotypes among populations, a detailed analysis of the distribution of two tightly linked DNA markers (Xv-2c and KM.19) in 18 Italian regions was performed. Haplotypes were determined for 405 CF chromosomes carrying the mutation, and showed significant heterogeneity between the North, Center, and South of Italy and the island of Sardinia. KM.19/PstI Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (RFLP) showed significant heterogeneity in these four areas, and was statistically correlated with the geographic distribution of the disease, while Xv-2c/TaqI polymorphism, like the haplotypes of normal chromosomes, was more uniformly distributed over the same four areas. Correlation coefficients between the markers and the mutation have been used to obtain additional indications on the physical distance between the markers and the fibrosis locus.
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1990|
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