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Transfus Med 2005 Feb;15(1):49-55.

High frequency of partial DIIIa and DAR alleles found in sickle cell disease patients suggests increased risk of alloimmunization to RhD.

Castilho L, Rios M, Rodrigues A, Pellegrino J Jr, Saad ST, Costa FF


We have set out to determine the frequency of DIIIa and DAR alleles among sickle cell disease (SCD) patients. These D variants permit the unexpected development of antibodies to RhD among individuals who are otherwise classified as RhD+. DNA samples from 130 SCD patients were tested for 455A>C (specific for DIIIa), 602C>G, 667T>G (common for both DIIIa and DAR) and 1025T>C (specific for DAR) by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) and sequence analysis. The PCR-RFLP showed that 12 (9.2%) of the SCD patients were carrying DIIIa and DAR alleles. Genomic DNA analysis performed by sequence showed that three samples were heterozygous DIIIa (2.3%), seven heterozygous DAR (4.6%) and two (1.5%) samples carried a partial D with four mutations: 455A>C (heterozygous), 602C>G and 667T>G (homozygous) and 1025T>C (heterozygous), indicating compound heterozygosity for one DIIIa allele and one DAR allele. The predicted phenotypes of eight (6.2%) SCD patients were DIIIa, DAR and DIIIa/DAR. Three patients were anti-D immunized (DAR, n = 1; DIIIa/DAR, n = 2). These findings suggest that SCD patients who are candidates for chronic transfusion may benefit from genotyping for DIIIa and DAR to prevent alloimmunization.

Category: Journal Article
PubMed ID: #15713129
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Biologics
Entry Created: 2011-10-04 Entry Last Modified: 2012-08-29