Retraction of publication entitled “Characterization of the alternate
allelic forms of human PAX7.” Mammalian Genome 11: 332–337, 2000
Janelle T. Pelham and Peter H. Kay
Department of Pathology, The University of Western Australia
Since publication of our paper referring to polymorphism of hu-
man PAX7 (Ziman et al., 2000), recent work by Pelham and Kay
has been unable to reproduce the electrophoretically slow PCR
products and DNA sequence data used to assign PAX7 alleles and
conclude duplication of the gene. Moreover, we have shown that
electrophoretically slow PCR products which include the hyper-
variable region described in our previous paper comprise “bulge”
type (Nataraj et al., 1999) heteroduplex PCR artefacts. Conse-
quently, our recent findings completely invalidate all the conclu-
sions drawn in our publication by Ziman et al. (2000). Our previ-
ous paper (Ziman et al., 2000) should now be recognized as com-
Dr P.H. Kay and J.T. Pelham wish to apologize to the scientific
community for any inconveniences caused by publication of this
previously incorrect genomic structure of PAX7.
Nataraj AJ, Olivos-Glander I, Kusukawa N, Highsmith WE Jr. (1999)
Single-strand conformation polymorphism and heteroduplex analysis for
gel-based mutation detection. Electrophoresis 20, 1177–1185.
Ziman MR, Pelham JT, Mastaglia FL, Kay PH (2000) Characterization of
the alternate allelic forms of human PAX7. Mamm. Genome 11, 332–
© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 2001Mammalian Genome 12, 943 (2001).