Diagnosis and Prenatal Diagnosis in a Chinese Family Carrying the Rare α-Thalassemia Gene HBA2: c.1A>G Mutation

Hemoglobin. 2020 Jan;44(1):51-54. doi: 10.1080/03630269.2020.1711771. Epub 2020 Jan 14.


The aim of this study was to identify the rare thalassemia genotype in a family and perform prenatal diagnosis (PND) on the proband's unborn child. Peripheral blood was collected from the family members for hematology analysis and capillary electrophoresis (CE) analysis. Peripheral blood and cord blood were analyzed by gap-polymerase chain reaction (gap-PCR), reverse dot-blot and Sanger sequencing for genotypes of α-thalassemia (α-thal). A heterozygous mutation, HBA2: c.1A>G, was identified in the proband and his father. Two compound heterozygous variants, HBA2: c.1A>G and the - -SEA (Southeast Asian) deletion, were revealed in the proband's unborn child. The hemoglobin (Hb) CE result of the fetal cord blood indicated the fetus had Hb H disease. We have identified a rare thalassemia mutation (HBA2: c.1A>G) in a Chinese family and enriched the rare α-thal gene pool in the Chinese population. When the patient's phenotype does not match the genotype detected by thalassemia gene detection kits, further investigation of rare genotypes should be conducted to avoid missed diagnosis or misdiagnosis, which can help guide clinical diagnosis, population screening and genetic counseling.

Keywords: HBA2: c.1A>G mutation; People’s Republic of China (PRC); analysis; family pedigree; α-Thalassemia (α-thal).

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Asian Continental Ancestry Group
  • Base Sequence
  • Female
  • Fetus
  • Gene Expression
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Genotype
  • Hemoglobin A2 / genetics*
  • Hemoglobin H / genetics*
  • Heterozygote
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mutation*
  • Pedigree
  • Phenotype
  • Prenatal Diagnosis*
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • alpha-Globins / genetics*
  • alpha-Thalassemia / diagnosis*
  • alpha-Thalassemia / ethnology
  • alpha-Thalassemia / genetics*
  • alpha-Thalassemia / pathology


  • alpha-Globins
  • Hemoglobin A2
  • Hemoglobin H