We determined that the molecular defect of 2 patients with hemoglobin (Hb) M-Kankakee [Hb M-Iwate, α87 (F8) His → Tyr] resides in the α1-globin gene. The proportion of Hb M observed is higher than that predicted for an α1-globin variant. Our evidence suggests that the greater-than-expected proportion of Hb M-Kankakee results from preferential association of the electronegative β-globin chains with the α(M)-globin chains that are more electropositive than normal α-globin chains.
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- Cell Biology