Hb S/β°-Thalassemia due to the ˜1.4-kb deletion is associated with a relatively mild phenotype
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We report a relatively mild phenotype associated with two siblings who are compound heterozygotes for Hb S and a beta zero-thalassemia mutation due to a approximately 1.4-kb deletion of the 5' region of the beta-globin gene. Each is found to have unusually high levels of Hb A2 and Hb F, accounting for more than 20% of the total hemoglobin. These may interfere with intracellular Hb S polymerization, thus leading to a mild clinical course.
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