Thioguanine-resistant T lymphoblast populations were selectively amplified using T cell growth factor in the cultures of peripheral blood T cells from four Lesch-Nyhan heterozygotes. Although Lesch-Nyhan T lymphoblasts were all thioguanine-resistant, none of the cultures from 13 control subjects yielded the growth of such defective cell populations. These data provide direct evidence for the existence of a small percentage (5%–40%) of hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase (HGPRT) deficient T cells in the heterozygotes, but not in normal individuals. Conversely, culture of the T lymphoblasts with azaserine plus hypoxanthine permitted the growth of the other part of the cell population that was enzyme positive. The low percentages of HGPRT-negative cells among T cells in heterozygotes suggest that the presence of this enzyme is beneficial for differentiation of lymphocytes of T cell linkage. Considering the ease and the reliability, culture of the peripheral T cells with thioguanine and T cell growth factor is very likely of practical use for detecting Lesch-Nyhan syndrome carriers among predisposed females.
A new method for the detection of Lesch-Nyhan heterozygotes by peripheral blood T cell culture using T cell growth factor
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N Kamatani, H Yamanaka, K Nishioka, T Nakamura, K Nakano, K Tanimoto, T Mizuno, Y Nishida; A new method for the detection of Lesch-Nyhan heterozygotes by peripheral blood T cell culture using T cell growth factor. Blood 1984; 63 (4): 912–916. doi: https://doi.org/10.1182/blood.V63.4.912.bloodjournal634912
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