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Brief Communication


The frequency of the butyrylcholinesterase K mutation was calculated on the basis of data obtained by polymerase chain reaction primer-introduced restriction analysis (PCR-PIRA). The population sample was composed of 177 Brazilians: 95 whites of predominantly European ancestry and 82 admixed individuals (European and African origin). The frequencies—18.4 ± 2.8% for whites and 17.1 ± 2.9% for admixed did not differ from those previously obtained in North America, Scotland, Japan, and Denmark. The occurrence of the K mutation in Europeans, East Asians, and Africans suggests a relatively old origin for this mutation, and the similar frequencies found in these populations may suggest the operation of selective forces.