Deleterious nonsynonymous single nucleotide polymorphisms in human solute carriers: the first comparison of three prediction methods.
ABSTRACT Abundant nsSNPs have been found in genes coding for human solute carrier (SLC) transporters, but there is little known about the relationship between the genotype and phenotype of nsSNPs in these membrane proteins. It is unknown which prediction method is better suited for the prediction of nonneutral nsSNPs of SLC transporters. We have identified 2,958 validated nsSNPs in human SLC family members 1-47 from the Ensembl genome database and the NCBI SNP database. Using three different algorithms, 37-45 % of nsSNPs in SLC genes were predicted to have functional impacts on transporter function. Predictions largely agreed with the available experimental annotations. Overall, 76.5, 74.4, and 73.5 % of nonneutral nsSNPs were predicted correctly as damaging by SNAP, SIFT, and PolyPhen, respectively, while 67.4, 66.3, and 76.7 % of neutral nsSNPs were predicted correctly as nondamaging by the three methods, respectively. This study identified many amino acids that were likely to be functionally critical but have not yet been studied experimentally. There was a significant concordance between the predicted results of different methods. Evolutionarily nonneutral (destabilizing) amino acid substitutions are predicted to be the basis for the pathogenic alteration of SLC transporter activity that is associated with disease susceptibility and altered drug/xenobiotic response.
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ABSTRACT: Pendred syndrome is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by sensorineural hearing loss, with malformations of the inner ear, ranging from enlarged vestibular aqueduct (EVA) to Mondini malformation, and deficient iodide organification in the thyroid gland. Nonsyndromic EVA (ns-EVA) is a separate type of sensorineural hearing loss showing normal thyroid function. Both Pendred syndrome and ns-EVA seem to be linked to the malfunction of pendrin (SLC26A4), a membrane transporter able to exchange anions between the cytosol and extracellular fluid. In the past, the pathogenicity of SLC26A4 missense mutations were assumed if the mutations fulfilled two criteria: low incidence of the mutation in the control population and substitution of evolutionary conserved amino acids. Here we show that these criteria are insufficient to make meaningful predictions about the effect of these SLC26A4 variants on the pendrin-induced ion transport. Furthermore, we functionally characterized 10 missense mutations within the SLC26A4 ORF, and consistently found that on the protein level, an addition or omission of a proline or a charged amino acid in the SLC26A4 sequence is detrimental to its function. These types of changes may be adequate for predicting SLC26A4 functionality in the absence of direct functional tests.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 12/2008; 105(47):18608-13. · 9.81 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Congenital chloride diarrhea (CLD) is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by defective intestinal electrolyte absorption, resulting in voluminous osmotic diarrhea with high chloride content. A variety of mutations in the solute carrier family 26, member 3 gene (SLC26A3, previously known as CLD or DRA) are responsible for the disease. Since the identification of the SLC26A3 gene and the determination of its genomic structure, altogether three founder and 17 private mutations have been characterized within miscellaneous ethnic groups. We screened for mutations in seven unrelated families with CLD. The diagnoses were confirmed by fecal chloride measurements. The combined PCR-SSCP and sequencing analyses revealed altogether seven novel mutations including two missense mutations (S206P, D468V), two splicing defects (IVS12-1G>C, IVS13-2delA), one nonsense mutation (Q436X), one insertion/deletion mutation (2104-2105delGGins29-bp), and an intragenic deletion of SLC26A3 exons 7 and 8. Two previously identified mutations were also found. This is the first report of rearrangement mutations in SLC26A3. Molecular features predisposing SLC26A3 for the two rearrangements may include repetitive elements and palindromic-like sequences. The increasingly wide diversity of SLC26A3 mutations suggests that mutations in the SLC26A3 gene may not be rare events.Human Mutation 10/2001; 18(3):233-42. · 5.21 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) studies and random mutagenesis projects identify amino acid substitutions in protein-coding regions. Each substitution has the potential to affect protein function. SIFT (Sorting Intolerant From Tolerant) is a program that predicts whether an amino acid substitution affects protein function so that users can prioritize substitutions for further study. We have shown that SIFT can distinguish between functionally neutral and deleterious amino acid changes in mutagenesis studies and on human polymorphisms. SIFT is available at http://blocks.fhcrc.org/sift/SIFT.html.Nucleic Acids Research 08/2003; 31(13):3812-4. · 8.81 Impact Factor