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Molecular Protocols in Transfusion Medicine

This essential methods manual for immunohematologists (or hematologists and immunohematologists) provides information on genes that encode antigens on red blood cells, platelets and neutrophils. The book begins by covering general concepts in molecular biology and specific protocols such as DNA preparation, PCR-RFLP and allele-specific PCR. Information on the erythrocyte, platelet and neutrophil antigen systems and the molecular basis of polymorphisms are presented clearly in a gene facts sheet format. Database accession numbers and useful adjuncts such as Request forms, worksheets for PCR/enzyme digests also serve to benefit the user. The information is clearly presented and easily accessible and is complemented by the excellent diagrams and tabular material. This book is invaluable for both new and experienced researchers in the field and other related disciplines.

Hematologists, blood bank technologists and students, and immunologists.

Paperback, 186 Pages

Published: April 2000

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-209370-8


  • Preface

    List of Abbreviations

    Part 1: Introduction

    1.1 Background

    1.2 Aim, Scope and Purpose of the Book

    1.3 Organization of the Book

    1.4 Terminology

    1.5 Regulatory Compliance

    1.6 References

    Part 2: General Considerations

    2.1 Clinical Information

    2.2 Basic Principles of Molecular Analysis

    2.3 Troubleshooting

    2.4 References

    Part 3: Protocols

    3.1 Sample Shipment and Storage

    3.2 Reagents

    3.3 Harvesting WBCs by RBC Sedimentation

    3.4 Short-term Cell Cultures from Amniotic Fluid

    3.5 Cultured Amniocyte Cell Harvesting

    3.6 Cell Preparation and DNA Extraction

    3.7 Assessment of DNA Quality, Quantity and Purity

    3.8 PCR Amplification

    3.9 Restriction Enzyme Digestion for PCR-RFLP Analysis

    3.10 Allele-specific PCR

    3.11 Agarose Gel Preparation and Electrophoresis

    3.12 Acrylamide Gel Preparation and Electrophoresis

    3.13 Single-strand Conformation Polymorphism (SSCP)

    3.14 Optimizing a PCR

    3.15 Gene Zygosity Assessment by Quantitative PCR Amplification

    3.16 VNTR and STR Analysis by PCR Amplification

    3.17 Multiplex PCR Analysis

    3.18 Southern Analysis

    3.19 References

    Part 4: Red Cell Blood Groups

    4.1 Terminology

    4.2 Clinical Applications

    4.3 Situations where Genotype and Phenotype do not Agree

    4.4 References

    4.5 Facts Sheets, Gene Maps and Molecular Protocols

    Part 5: Platelet Blood Groups

    5.1 Terminology

    5.2 Clinical Applications

    5.3 References

    5.4 Facts Sheets, Gene Maps and Molecular Protocols

    Part 6: Neutrophil Blood Groups

    6.1 Terminology

    6.2 Clinical Applications

    6.3 References

    6.4 Facts Sheets, Gene Maps and Molecular Protocols

    Part 7: Appendices

    7.1 Database Information

    7.2 Glossary

    7.3 References

    7.4 Works Sheets and Request Forms


    Useful Tables


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