Whole-exome sequencing identifies ALMS1, IQCB1, CNGA3 , and MYO7A mutations in patients with leber congenital amaurosis
ABSTRACT It has been well documented that mutations in the same retinal disease gene can result in different clinical phenotypes due to difference in the mutant allele and/or genetic background. To evaluate this, a set of consanguineous patient families with Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) that do not carry mutations in known LCA disease genes was characterized through homozygosity mapping followed by targeted exon/whole-exome sequencing to identify genetic variations. Among these families, a total of five putative disease-causing mutations, including four novel alleles, were found for six families. These five mutations are located in four genes, ALMS1, IQCB1, CNGA3, and MYO7A. Therefore, in our LCA collection from Saudi Arabia, three of the 37 unassigned families carry mutations in retinal disease genes ALMS1, CNGA3, and MYO7A, which have not been previously associated with LCA, and 3 of the 37 carry novel mutations in IQCB1, which has been recently associated with LCA. Together with other reports, our results emphasize that the molecular heterogeneity underlying LCA, and likely other retinal diseases, may be highly complex. Thus, to obtain accurate diagnosis and gain a complete picture of the disease, it is essential to sequence a larger set of retinal disease genes and combine the clinical phenotype with molecular diagnosis.
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- "This new phenomenon extends our understanding of genotype-phenotype correlations. How a mutated gene can cause a complex, extensive syndrome in one patient and isolated RP in another is currently not understood, but it is postulated to result from the complex interaction between genetic modifiers and environmental differences (Wang et al. 2011). One of the utilities of molecular information is to improve diagnostic accuracy when coupled with clinic information. "
ABSTRACT: Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a devastating form of retinal degeneration, with significant social and professional consequences. Molecular genetic information is invaluable for an accurate clinical diagnosis of RP due to its high genetic and clinical heterogeneity. Using a gene capture panel that covers 163 of the currently known retinal disease genes, including 48 RP genes, we performed a comprehensive molecular screening in a collection of 123 RP unsettled probands from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, including 113 unrelated simplex and 10 autosomal recessive RP (arRP) cases. As a result, 61 mutations were identified in 45 probands, including 38 novel pathogenic alleles. Interestingly, we observed that phenotype and genotype were not in full agreement in 21 probands. Among them, eight probands were clinically reassessed, resulting in refinement of clinical diagnoses for six of these patients. Finally, recessive mutations in CLN3 were identified in five retinal degeneration patients, including four RP probands and one cone-rod dystrophy patient, suggesting that CLN3 is a novel non-syndromic retinal disease gene. Collectively, our results underscore that, due to the high molecular and clinical heterogeneity of RP, comprehensive screening of all retinal disease genes is effective in identifying novel pathogenic mutations and provides an opportunity to discover new genotype-phenotype correlations. Information gained from this genetic screening will directly aid in patient diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment, as well as allowing appropriate family planning and counseling.Human Genetics 10/2013; 133(3). DOI:10.1007/s00439-013-1381-5 · 4.52 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: To identify the underlying mutation and describe the phenotype in a consanguineous Kurdish family with Leber's congenital amaurosis (LCA)/early onset severe retinal dystrophy (EOSRD). Members of the index family were followed up to 22 years by ophthalmological examinations, including best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), Goldmann visual field (GVF), two-color-threshold perimetry (2CTP) and Ganzfeld electroretinogram (ERG), fundus photographs, fundus autofluorescence (FAF), and optical coherence tomography (OCT). After excluding seven of nine known LCA/EOSRD genes in the index patient, linkage analysis was performed in the family using a microarray followed by microsatellite fine mapping and direct sequencing of candidate genes. RD3 was screened by direct sequencing of 85 independent patients with LCA/EOSRD presenting with a BCVA ≥ 1.0 LogMAR before the age of 2 years to assess the prevalence of RD3 mutations in LCA/EOSRD. Since RD3 and RetGC1 have a functional relation, study authors screened for a modifying effect of RD3 mutations in 17 independent patients with mutations in GUCY2D. BCVA was severely reduced from the earliest examinations (as early as 3 months), never exceeding 1.3 LogMAR. The disease presented as cone-rod dystrophy with dystrophic changes in the macula and bone spicules in the periphery on progression. Linkage analysis narrowed the region of interest towards the LCA12 locus. Direct sequencing of RD3 revealed a homozygous nonsense mutation (c.180C > A) in all affected members tested. Screening of additional unrelated LCA/EOSRD patients revealed only polymorphisms in RD3. This is the second family reported so far with mutations in RD3. Mutations in RD3 are a very rare cause of LCA associated with an extremely severe form of retinal dystrophy.Investigative ophthalmology & visual science 04/2012; 53(7):3463-72. DOI:10.1167/iovs.12-9519 · 3.66 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) is a blinding retinal disease that presents within the first year after birth. Using exome sequencing, we identified mutations in the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) synthase gene NMNAT1 encoding nicotinamide mononucleotide adenylyltransferase 1 in eight families with LCA, including the family in which LCA was originally linked to the LCA9 locus. Notably, all individuals with NMNAT1 mutations also have macular colobomas, which are severe degenerative entities of the central retina (fovea) devoid of tissue and photoreceptors. Functional assays of the proteins encoded by the mutant alleles identified in our study showed that the mutations reduce the enzymatic activity of NMNAT1 in NAD biosynthesis and affect protein folding. Of note, recent characterization of the slow Wallerian degeneration (Wld(s)) mouse model, in which prolonged axonal survival after injury is observed, identified NMNAT1 as a neuroprotective protein when ectopically expressed. Our findings identify a new disease mechanism underlying LCA and provide the first link between endogenous NMNAT1 dysfunction and a human nervous system disorder.Nature Genetics 07/2012; 44(9):1035-9. DOI:10.1038/ng.2356 · 29.65 Impact Factor