Fanconi anemia (FA) is an autosomal recessive cancer susceptibility syndrome with at least eight complementation groups (A-H). Two of the FA genes (FAA and FAC) have been cloned, and mutations in these genes account for approximately 80% of FA patients. Subtyping of FA patients is an important first step forward identifying candidates for FA gene therapy. In the current study, we analyzed a reference group of 26 FA patients of known subtype. Most of the patients (18/26) were confirmed as either type A or type C by immunoblot analysis with anti-FAA and anti-FAC antisera. In order to resolve the subtype of the remaining patients, we generated retroviral constructs expressing FAA and FAC for tranduction of FA cell lines (pMMP-FAA and pMMP-FAC). The pMMP-FAA construct specifically complemented the abnormal phenotype of cell lines from FA-A patients, while pMMP-FAC complement FA-C cells. In summary, the combination of immunoblot analysis and retroviral- mediated phenotypic correction of FA cells allows a rapid method of FA subtyping.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||12|
|State||Published - Sep 22 1998|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Medicine
- Molecular Biology