Proportion and pattern of dystrophin gene deletions in north Indian Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy patients

Hum Genet. 1997 Feb;99(2):206-8. doi: 10.1007/s004390050340.


Population-based variations in frequency and distribution of dystrophin gene deletions have been recognized in Duchenne/Becker (DMD/BMD) muscular dystrophy patients. In the present study, DNA samples from 121 unrelated DMD/BMD patients from North India were analyzed for deletional studies with multiplex PCR and Southern hybridization. A total of 88 (73%) patients showed intragenic deletions in the dystrophin gene. The observed proportion of gene deletions is relatively high, particularly compared with that of Asian counterparts. However, the distribution of breakpoints across the gene does not show significant variations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Dystrophin / genetics*
  • Gene Deletion*
  • Humans
  • India
  • Muscular Dystrophies / ethnology
  • Muscular Dystrophies / genetics*


  • Dystrophin