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Fannin-Lubbock-I [α2β2119(GLY>ASP)], a rare mutation in the beta-globin gene, has been detected for the first time in a Hindu Brahmin family in West Bengal, India

  • Jayasri Basak1Email author,
  • Deboshree M. Bhattacharyya1 and
  • Ashis Mukhopadhyay2
Cellular & Molecular Biology LettersAn International Journal201419:192

Received: 30 September 2013

Accepted: 4 April 2014

Published: 6 May 2014


This study aims to describe the hemoglobin Fannin-Lubbock-I, which has a rare mutation substituting the amino acid glycine with aspartic acid at codon 119 of the β-globin chain. A Bengalee Hindu Brahmin family from Kolkata in West Bengal was the focus of this study. Molecular analysis using ARMS-PCR and direct DNA sequencing revealed the presence of a GGC > GAC mutation in codon 119 of the β-globin gene in a heterozygote state in three women of the same family. This is the first report of the hemoglobin Fannin-Lubbock-I from India. Our results will help to identify this mutation, which is relatively infrequent in our population.


Hb Fannin-Lubbock-IBengaleeBrahmin familyβ-globin geneRare mutationThalassemiaWest BengalIndiaARMS-PCRSequencing