Missense mutation of FUT1 and deletion of FUT2 are responsible for Indian Bombay phenotype of ABO blood group system

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1997 Sep 8;238(1):21-5. doi: 10.1006/bbrc.1997.7232.


The Bombay phenotype fails to express the ABH antigens of ABO blood group system on red blood cells and in secretions because of a lack in activities of the H gene (FUT1)- and Secretor gene (FUT2)-encoded alpha (1,2)fucosyltransferases. In this study, we have examined the FUT1 and the FUT2 from three unrelated Indian individuals with the Bombay phenotype. These three individuals were found to be homozygous for a T725G mutation in the coding region of the FUT1, which inactivated the enzyme activity. In addition, we did not detect any hybridized band corresponding to the FUT2 by Southern blot analysis using the catalytic domain of the FUT2 as a probe, indicating that the three individuals were homozygous for a gene deletion in the FUT2. These results suggest that the T725G mutation of FUT1 and the gene deletion of FUT2 are responsible for the classical Indian Bombay phenotype.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • ABO Blood-Group System / genetics*
  • Alleles
  • Animals
  • COS Cells
  • Fucosyltransferases / deficiency
  • Fucosyltransferases / genetics*
  • Fucosyltransferases / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Mutation*
  • Phenotype
  • Sequence Deletion


  • ABO Blood-Group System
  • Fucosyltransferases
  • galactoside 2-alpha-L-fucosyltransferase