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Keywords:

  • haplotypes;
  • mannose-binding lectin;
  • MBL2;
  • sequencing

Abstract

Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) is a major component of the lectin pathway of complement activation. High and low MBL levels have been associated with susceptibility and severity of a variety of infectious and autoimmune diseases. Several single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the promoter region and exon 1 of the MBL2 gene are responsible for variations in serum MBL levels. We developed a sequence-based typing method for allele-specific MBL2 genotyping and measured serum MBL protein levels in 24 German blood donors. We identified the common MBL2 haplotypes including five promoter polymorphisms in linkage with the Q allele and correlated serum MBL levels with the respective genotypes. The genotyping method presented here could provide a basis for confirmatory studies in larger cohorts.