Germline mutations in the RB1 gene in patients with hereditary retinoblastoma

Genes Chromosomes Cancer. 1995 Dec;14(4):277-84. doi: 10.1002/gcc.2870140406.


We have analyzed the 27 exons and the promoter region of the RB1 gene in familial or sporadic bilateral retinoblastoma by using single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis. For improvement over previous studies, a new set of primers has been designed, which allow for amplification of the coding and splicing sequences only. The positioning of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) primers was such that the resulting PCR products were of different sizes, which enabled us to analyze two different exons simultaneously and still distinguish between the banding profiles for both (biplex analysis). By using this approach, we were able to identify mutation in 22 new patients, but the overall efficiency of the procedure when we used a single-pass regimen was only 48%. The mutations were small insertions and deletions and point mutations in roughly equal proportions.

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • Exons
  • Genes, Retinoblastoma*
  • Germ Cells
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutation*
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Polymorphism, Single-Stranded Conformational
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic
  • Retinoblastoma / genetics*
  • Retinoblastoma Protein / genetics*
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA


  • Retinoblastoma Protein