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Peripheral marginalisation of endoplasmic reticulum membranes in cultured erythroblasts of congenital dyserythropoietic anaemia type II
  1. D J P Ferguson1,
  2. C A Green2,
  3. M Ahmed3,
  4. M-J King4
  1. 1Nuffield Department of Clinical Laboratory Science, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  2. 2Bristol Institution of Transfusion Science, NHS Blood and Transplant, Bristol, UK
  3. 3Department of Haematology, University College London Cancer Institute, London, UK
  4. 4International Blood Group Reference Laboratory, NHS Blood and Transplant, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr May-Jean King, International Blood Group Reference Laboratory, NHS Blood and Transplant, 500 North Bristol Park, Northway, Filton, Bristol BS34 7QH, UK; drmjking{at}

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Congenital dyserythropoietic anaemia type II (CDAII, MIM 224100) is an autosomal recessive disorder of the bone marrow resulting in ineffective erythropoiesis. A characteristic diagnostic ultrastructural feature is a peripherally located ‘double membrane’ in late-stage erythroblasts. Both a patient study1 and a culture of erythroblasts of CDAII using plasma clot technique2 reported dyserythropoiesis at the early and late stages of erythroid maturation. Using electron microscopy of cultured erythroblast from two patients with molecularly confirmed CDAII enabled us to follow the increasing peripheral location of the strands of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) between days 9 and 14. Our electron micrographs have shown the development of double membrane in CDAII in cultured erythroblasts and its origin from the ER.

Material and methods

Two consenting patients with CDA II (F1P1-age 11 years and F4P1-age 17 years) from two unrelated families were recruited from the large Vaish/Agrawal community in North India for this study. The diagnosis of CDA II was based on their clinical picture and laboratory tests results (figure 1). Both patients were confirmed to have biallelic mutations in SEC23B (both were homozygous for the Y462C mutation).3 Peripheral blood (10 mL) anticoagulated in EDTA was collected from both patients with CDAII and one gender matched normal blood donor. Their CD34+ cells were isolated from the peripheral blood mononuclear cells by positive selection using the mini MACS kit (Miltenyi, Surrey, UK) within 12–16 h of collection. The number of CD34+ at the start of each culture was 6×105 cells (F1P1), 7.6×105 cells (F4P1) and 1×105 cells (normal control). Cells were seeded at 1×105/mL in static …

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  • Contributors DJPF performed the EM work, and collated the data for figure 2. CAG carried out the preparation of CD34+ cells and the culture of erythroid progenitor cells. MA undertook clinical examination of the patients with CDAII and bone marrow examination (including the preparation of figure 1). M-JK performed gel electrophoresis of patient red cells to confirm band 3 abnormality, and prepared the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval REC reference number 09/H0102/2 (National Research Ethics Service, UK).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.