Background: Typing of human platelet antigens (HPA) has proven to be useful in some clinical situations related to platelet alloimmunization.
Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate HPA 1–16 and to determine genotype and allele frequencies by polymerase chain reaction-sequence specific primer (PCR-SSP) in apheresis platelet donors in Guangzhou Blood Center.
Methods: A total of 200 random samples from donors were involved in the study. Genotype and allele frequencies of HPA 1 to 16 were detected by PCR-SSP method.
Results: The frequencies obtained from these donors were 99·50 and 0·50% for HPA-1a and -1b; 96·25 and 3·75% for HPA-2a and -2b; 54·25 and 45·75% for HPA-3a and -3b; 99·50 and 0·50% for HPA-4a and -4b; 99·00 and 1·00% for HPA-5a and -5b; 97·00 and 3·00% for HPA-6a and -6b and 42·25 and 57·75% for HPA-15a and -15b. There is only a/a homozygosis detected in HPA-7, -8, -9, -10, -11, -12, -13, -14 and -16. In this study, none of HPA-1b/ 1b, -2b/2b, -5b/5b homozygosis were detected which were found in other racial groups. One homozygosis of HPA-6b/6b in 200 individuals was detected which was not found in a study involving 1000 Chinese (Feng et al., 2006).
Conclusion: The HPA-3 and -15 appear to the highest priority and HPA-2, -6, -5 -1 and -4 to be the second priority in Chinese Cantonese when it comes to the diagnosis of neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia and to provide the HPA-matched platelet for patients with platelet transfusion refractoriness. The PCR-SSP method makes it possible to detect genotype of HPA-1 to -16 in less than 4 h and to establish a donor database for HPA genotype in a blood bank.