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Disease Markers
Volume 12 (1996), Issue 4, Pages 247-251

HLA-B27 Determination by Polymerase Chain Reaction

D. C. Kilpatrick

Department of Transfusion Medicine, 2 Forrest Rood, Edinburgh EH1 2QN., Scotland

Received 3 August 1995

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A method for determining the presence or absence of HLA-827 by selective amplification of a region in the third exon of the HLA-B27 gene common to B*270 I to B*2705 inclusive, was evaluated. This polymerase chain reaction/sequence specific primer (PCR-SSP) method gave perfect correlation with serological typing on 40 individuals of previously determined HLA type and on 50 further clinical samples elaluated blind. It was concluded that HLA-B27 determination by PCR-SSP is simple, reliable. cost-effectile and convient for laboratory staff.