PvuII restriction analysis and DNA blot hybridization of the amplified ACHE and BCHE sequences demonstrated apparent aberrations in both genes, suggesting that malfunctioning of modified, partially amplified cholinesterase genes may be involved in the etiology of thrombocytopenia associated with SLE. At the clinical level, abnormal expression of both ACHE and BCHE and the in vivo amplification of the ACHE and BCHE genes has been variously associated with abnormal megakaryocytopoiesis, leukemias and brain and ovarian tumors.