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High resolution HLA-DRB1 identification of a Caucasian population.

Polymerase chain reaction-sequence-specific oligonucleotide probes typing methods have been applied to 1000 individuals from the Northern Ireland population to give human leukocyte antigen DRB1 ( HLA-DRB1) allele assignment. HLA-DRB1 allele frequencies and four-locus haplotypes (A/B/C/DR) for this Caucasian population, based on HLA class I and class II allele assignment, are now presented. No significant deviations from Hardy-Weinberg proportions were observed. The HLA-C locus exhibited marginal evidence of selection (p<0.03, uncorrected one-sided test) in the direction of balancing selection; the HLA-A, -B, and -DRB1 allele frequency distributions were compatible with expectations under a neutral model (which does not mean that selection is not operating). Evidence for selection was seen on haplotypes HLA-A*010101-B*0801-DRB1*030101 and HLA-A*290201-B*440301-DRB1*070101 based on their patterns of linkage disequilibrium.[1]


  1. High resolution HLA-DRB1 identification of a Caucasian population. Williams, F., Meenagh, A., Single, R., McNally, M., Kelly, P., Nelson, M.P., Meyer, D., Lancaster, A., Thomson, G., Middleton, D. Hum. Immunol. (2004) [Pubmed]
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