WAS is an X-linked immunodeficiency characterised by thrombocytopenia and abnormal B- and T-cell functions. In carrier women this manifests as a skewed X-inactivation pattern in their whole blood. Affected individuals can be diagnosed on the basis of an abnormality or deficiency of the Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (WASP). The WAS gene (encoding for WASP) has 12 exons and family specific mutations are found throughout the gene.
Also known as
WAS protein (WASP), Aldrich syndrome, Eczema-thrombocytopenia-immunodeficiency syndrome, Immunodeficiency 2 (IMD2), Neutropenia severe congenital X-linked, Thrombocytopenia X-linked, Thrombocytopenia X-linked intermittent
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The guidelines for the NCG service for immunodeficiencies apply to the molecular analysis of WAS (details on request). Affected patients should be referred to the Molecular Immunology laboratory at GOSH for WAS protein analysis. This requires prior arrangement and completion of specific request forms (contact Dr Kimberly Gilmour in Molecular Immunology, GOSH � Tel: +44 (0) 20 7829 8835, Email: Kimberly.Gilmour@gosh.nhs.uk). We work closely with this department and will undertake mutation screening in appropriate patients.
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Great Ormond Street Hospital NE Thames Regional Genetics Service Laboratories
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
37 Queen Square
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Prenatals must be arranged in advance, through a Clinical Genetics department if possible. Amniotic fluid or CV samples should be sent to Cytogenetics for dissecting and culturing, with instructions to forward the sample to the Regional Molecular Genetics laboratory for analysis