Fabry disease, an X‐linked recessive disorder of glycosphingolipid catabolism, results from lesions in the α‐galaciosidase A gene leading to deficient or absent activity of the lysosomal hydrolase. To facilitate the detection of rearrangements in this 14‐kb gene, a method was developed for the PCR amplification of all seven exons from genomic DNA in a single multiplex reaction. The entire coding region and all the intron/exon boundaries were amplified as four products. Application of this method permitted the detection of all five partial deletions previously identified by Southern analysis. This rapid method can be used to identify gene rearrangements in affected hemizygotes and determine heterozygosity for at risk females in families with Fabry disease. © 1993 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.
- Gene deletions
- Lysosomal hydrolase
- Lysosomal storage disease
- Multiplex polymerase chain reaction
- α‐Galactosidase A