ABSTRACT: Late infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, LINCL, is one of the most common pediatric neurodegenerative disorders. It is caused by mutations in the CLN2 gene, which encodes a lysosomal pepstatin-insensitive peptidase (LPIP). We have identified a novel mutation, T523-1G --> A, by molecular analyses of three unrelated LINCL cases. The mutation was found to affect a 3' intronic splicing acceptor site, resulting in an aberrant mRNA with an insertion of 146 bp of intronic sequence. This causes a frame shift, produces a nonfunctional truncated protein, and results in LINCL.
Molecular Genetics and Metabolism 07/1999; 67(2):162-8. · 3.19 Impact Factor