Alu-repeat-induced deletions within the NCF2 gene causing p67-phox-deficient chronic granulomatous disease (CGD).
ABSTRACT Mutations that impair expression or function of the components of the phagocyte NADPH oxidase complex cause chronic granulomatous disease (CGD), which is associated with life-threatening infections and dysregulated granulomatous inflammation. In five CGD patients from four consanguineous families of two different ethnic backgrounds, we found similar genomic homozygous deletions of 1,380 bp comprising exon 5 of NCF2, which could be traced to Alu-mediated recombination events. cDNA sequencing showed in-frame deletions of phase zero exon 5, which encodes one of the tandem repeat motifs in the tetratricopeptide (TPR4) domain of p67-phox. The resulting shortened protein (p67Delta5) had a 10-fold reduced intracellular half-life and was unable to form a functional NADPH oxidase complex. No dominant negative inhibition of oxidase activity by p67Delta5 was observed. We conclude that Alu-induced deletion of the TPR4 domain of p67-phox leads to loss of function and accelerated degradation of the protein, and thus represents a new mechanism causing p67-phox-deficient CGD.
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ABSTRACT: Alus, the short interspersed repeated sequences (SINEs), are retrotransposons that litter the human genomes and have long been considered junk DNA. However, recent findings that these mobile elements are transcribed, both as distinct RNA polymerase III transcripts and as a part of RNA polymerase II transcripts, suggest biological functions and refute the notion that Alus are biologically unimportant. Indeed, Alu RNAs have been shown to control mRNA processing at several levels, to have complex regulatory functions such as transcriptional repression and modulating alternative splicing and to cause a host of human genetic diseases. Alu RNAs embedded in Pol II transcripts can promote evolution and proteome diversity, which further indicates that these mobile retroelements are in fact genomic gems rather than genomic junks.Scientifica. 01/2012; 2012:545328.
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ABSTRACT: Recent reports have associated NCF2, encoding a core component of the multi-protein NADPH oxidase (NADPHO), with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) susceptibility in individuals of European ancestry. To identify ethnicity-specific and -robust variants within NCF2, we assessed 145 SNPs in and around the NCF2 gene in 5325 cases and 21 866 controls of European-American (EA), African-American (AA), Hispanic (HS) and Korean (KR) ancestry. Subsequent imputation, conditional, haplotype and bioinformatic analyses identified seven potentially functional SLE-predisposing variants. Association with non-synonymous rs17849502, previously reported in EA, was detected in EA, HS and AA (PEA = 1.01 × 10-54, PHS = 3.68 × 10-10, PAA = 0.03); synonymous rs17849501 was similarly significant. These SNPs were monomorphic in KR. Novel associations were detected with coding variants at rs35937854 in AA (PAA = 1.49 × 10-9), and rs13306575 in HS and KR (PHS = 7.04 × 10-7, PKR = 3.30 × 10-3). In KR, a 3-SNP haplotype was significantly associated (P = 4.20 × 10-7), implying that SLE predisposing variants were tagged. Significant SNP-SNP interaction (P = 0.02) was detected between rs13306575 and rs17849502 in HS, and a dramatically increased risk (OR = 6.55) with a risk allele at each locus. Molecular modeling predicts that these non-synonymous mutations could disrupt NADPHO complex assembly. The risk allele of rs17849501, located in a conserved transcriptional regulatory region, increased reporter gene activity, suggesting in vivo enhancer function. Our results not only establish allelic heterogeneity within NCF2 associated with SLE, but also emphasize the utility of multi-ethnic cohorts to identify predisposing variants explaining additional phenotypic variance ('missing heritability') of complex diseases like SLE.Human Molecular Genetics 11/2013; · 6.68 Impact Factor
- Annals of Hematology 12/2012; 92(7). · 2.40 Impact Factor