Characterization of six partial deletions in the low-density-lipoprotein (LDL) receptor gene causing familial hypercholesterolemia (FH)

Am J Hum Genet. 1988 Jul;43(1):60-8.


Two hundred thirty-four unrelated heterozygotes for familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) were screened to detect major rearrangements in the low-density-lipoprotein (LDL) receptor gene. Total genomic DNA was analyzed by Southern blot hybridization to probes encompassing exons 1-18 of the LDL receptor gene. Six different mutations were detected and characterized by the use of exon-specific probes and detailed restriction mapping. Each mutation is unique and suggests that molecular heterogeneity underlies the molecular pathology of FH. There appear to be preferential sites within the LDL receptor gene for major rearrangements resulting in deletions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Chromosome Deletion*
  • DNA / genetics
  • DNA Restriction Enzymes
  • Exons
  • Heterozygote
  • Humans
  • Hyperlipoproteinemia Type II / genetics*
  • Mutation
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Receptors, LDL / genetics*


  • Receptors, LDL
  • DNA
  • DNA Restriction Enzymes