The human BAT1 gene, located in the central MHC region (–170kb centrometric of HLA‐B), is polymorphic and the polymorphism correlates with MHC ancestral haplotypes. Allelic RFLP patterns have been assigned to several ancestral haplotypes and have been shown to be ‘haplotypic’ (i.e. found on all examples of the same ancestral haplotype) and in some cases ‘haplospecific’ (i.e. unique to one ancestral haplotype). The relevance of the BAT1 polymorphism to susceptibility to Myasthenia Gravis (MG) has been investigated. The frequency of the BAT1 B allelic pattern is increased in patients with MG (n= 16) compared to an equal number of control subjects. The increase is due to the association between MG and the 8.1 ancestral haplotype (HLA A1, Cw7, B8, BfS, C4AQ0, C4B1, DR3, DQw2).
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||International Journal of Immunogenetics|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1992|