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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 143  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 633-635

Frequency of Mia antigen: A pilot study among blood donors


Department of Transfusion Medicine, Molecular Biology & Transplant Immunology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr Raj Nath Makroo
Department of Transfusion Medicine, Molecular Biology & Transplant Immunology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi 110 076
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0971-5916.187112

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The Miltenberger (Mi) classes represent a group of phenotypes for red cells that carry low frequency antigens associated with the MNSs blood group system. This pilot study was aimed at determining the Mia antigen positivity in the blood donor population in a tertiary care hospital in New Delhi, India. The study was performed between June to August 2014 on eligible blood donors willing to participate. Antigen typing was performed using monoclonal anti-Mia antiserum by tube technique. Only one of the 1000 blood donors (0.1%) tested was found to be Mia antigen positive. the Mia antigen can, therefore, be considered as being rare in the Indian blood donor population.


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