We have identified eight independent transversions at CpG in 290 consecutive families with hemophilia B. These eight transversions account for 16.3% of all independent transversions in our sample, yet the expected frequency of CpG transversions at random in the factor IX gene is only 2.6% (P<.01). The aggregate data suggest that the two types of CpG transversions (G:C→T:A and G:C→C:G) possess similar mutation rates (24.8 x 10-10 and 20.6 x 10-10, respectively), which are about fivefold greater than the comparable rates for transversions at non-CpG dinucleotides. The enhancement of transversions at CpG suggests that the model by which mutations occur at CpG may need to be reevaluated. The relationship, if any, between deamination of 5-methyl cytosine and enhancement of transversions at CpG remains to be defined.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||American journal of human genetics|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1994|
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