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Short-form HLA-DP typing with 48 primer mixes using the polymerase chain reaction and sequence-specific primers

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We have developed a short-form SSP-based HLA-DP typing system for routine use adapted from a comprehensive HLA-DP typing method described by Gilchrist et al. (1998). Our short-form system detects 93 alleles, including the 18 most common HLA-DPB1 alleles and eight HLA-DPA1 alleles. The primer mixes described were tested using the PCR-SSP Manager (Bunce et al., 1998) database to confirm the specificity of selected primers, and to detect potentially ambiguous amplifications. This short-form HLA-DP typing system was validated using 50 fully typed samples obtained through the UCLA International DNA Exchange. All samples gave 100% concordance with the consensus type. Our laboratory routinely uses a PCR-SSP based system of 48 primer mixes for HLA-DRB and HLA-DQB typing. The advantage of the short-form HLA-DP typing system described here is that the additional 48 HLA-DP primer mixes required can be included on the second half of a 96-well format tray. This method now enables a full HLA class II typing at the level of allele group resolution in 21/2 h.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2001-10-01

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