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Title: Mutations in Krüppel-like factor 1 cause transfusion-dependent hemolytic anemia and persistence of embryonic globin gene expression
Authors: Vip Viprakasit
Supachai Ekwattanakit
Suchada Riolueang
Nipon Chalaow
Chris Fisher
Karen Lower
Hitoshi Kanno
Kalaya Tachavanich
Sasithorn Bejrachandra
Jariya Saipin
Monthana Juntharaniyom
Kleebsabai Sanpakit
Voravarn S. Tanphaichitr
Duantida Songdej
Christian Babbs
Richard J. Gibbons
Sjaak Philipsen
Douglas R. Higgs
Mahidol University
Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine
Flinders University
Tokyo Women's Medical University
Khon Kaen Regional Hospital
Erasmus University Medical Center
Keywords: Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology;Immunology and Microbiology;Medicine
Issue Date: 6-Mar-2014
Citation: Blood. Vol.123, No.10 (2014), 1586-1595
Abstract: In this study, we report on 8 compound heterozygotes for mutations in the key erythroid transcription factor Krüppel-like factor 1 in patients who presented with severe, transfusion-dependent hemolytic anemia. In most cases, the red cells were hypochromic and microcytic, consistent with abnormalities in hemoglobin synthesis. In addition, in many cases, the red cells resembled those seen in patients with membrane defects or enzymopathies, known as chronic nonspherocytic hemolytic anemia (CNSHA). Analysis of RNA and protein in primary erythroid cells from these individuals provided evidence of abnormal globin synthesis, with persistent expression of fetal hemoglobin and, most remarkably, expression of large quantities of embryonic globins in postnatal life. The red cell membranes were abnormal, most notably expressing reduced amounts of CD44 and, consequently, manifesting the rare In(Lu) blood group. Finally, all tested patients showed abnormally low levels of the red cell enzyme pyruvate kinase, a known cause of CNSHA. These patients define a new type of severe, transfusion-dependent CNSHA caused by mutations in a trans-acting factor (Krüppel-like factor 1) and reveal an important pathway regulating embryonic globin gene expression in adult humans. © 2014 by The American Society of Hematology.
ISSN: 15280020
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