Hb Ullevaal [β78(EF2)Leu→Val; HBB: c.235C>G], a new hemoglobin variant interfering with Hb A1c measurement using a cation exchange high performance liquid chromatography method

Hemoglobin. 2014;38(2):130-2. doi: 10.3109/03630269.2013.858640. Epub 2013 Nov 25.


A new hemoglobin (Hb) variant was detected during Hb A1c measurement. DNA sequencing showed heterozygosity for the single nucleotide substitution (C > G) on the β-globin gene causing an amino acid change [β78(EF2)Leu→Val; HBB: c.235C > G]. The new Hb variant was designated Hb Ullevaal after the hospital at which it was discovered. Heterozygosity for Hb Ullevaal appears to have no clinical significance. However, it interferes with Hb A1c measurement by cation exchange high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), causing falsely low Hb A1c concentration when using the Tosoh G7 apparatus in variant mode.

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • Cations
  • Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid / methods*
  • DNA Mutational Analysis
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A / analysis*
  • Hemoglobins, Abnormal / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Ion Exchange
  • Leucine / genetics
  • Mutation, Missense*
  • Valine / genetics
  • beta-Globins / genetics*


  • Cations
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A
  • Hemoglobins, Abnormal
  • beta-Globins
  • hemoglobin Ullevaal
  • Leucine
  • Valine