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GFI1B Mutation Causes a Platelet Function Defect With Reduced Alpha-Granule Content and Abnormal Aggregation Response

Christopher M Ward, Marie-Christine Morel-Kopp, Qiang Chen, Hai Po Liang, Ashley P Ng, Andrew W Roberts, Melanie Bahlo, William S Stevenson

BLOOD | AMER SOC HEMATOLOGY | Published : 2013


Abstract GFI1B is a transcription factor important for erythropoiesis and megakaryocyte development, but previously unknown to be associated with human disease. We have identified a family with an autosomal dominant bleeding disorder associated with thrombocytopenia, red cell anisopoikilocytosis and platelet dysfunction. The severity of bleeding is variable with some affected individuals experiencing spontaneous bleeding while other family members only exhibit abnormal bleeding with surgery. All affected individuals had a moderate thrombocytopenia ranging from 72-149 x109/L with an elevated mean platelet volume. Platelet function was perturbed with prolonged collagen/epinephri..

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