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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Molecular characterization of human complement factor B subtypes.

While several laboratories have agreed that there are two subtypes of the BF*F alleles, no information has been available until now at the molecular level. The region of the BF gene corresponding to the Ba fragment [1.7 kilobases (kb)] of the BF*S, BF*FA, and BF*FB alleles has been sequenced after specific amplification using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). A point mutation at codon 7 has been revealed converting a cytosine in the BF*S allele to a thymidine in BF*FB. At the translational level an arginine residue in BF*S is substituted for a tryptophan residue in BF*FB. The amino-terminal sequencing of factor B immunoprecipitated from serum has been carried out from microquantities of protein blotted onto polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membranes. We have shown that the difference between the BF*FA and the BF*FB subtypes in characterized by a glutamine at position 7 in BF*FA and a tryptophan in BF*FB.[1]


  1. Molecular characterization of human complement factor B subtypes. Davrinche, C., Abbal, M., Clerc, A. Immunogenetics (1990) [Pubmed]
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