[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: From a large collection of families with autosomal recessive non-syndromic hearing impairment (NSHI) from Pakistan, linkage has been established for two unrelated consanguineous families to 19p13.2. This new locus was assigned the name DFNB68. A 10 cM genome scan and additional fine mapping were carried out using microsatellite marker loci. Linkage was established for both families to DFNB68 with maximum multipoint LOD scores of 4.8 and 4.6. The overlap of the homozygous regions between the two families was bounded by D19S586 and D19S584, which limits the locus interval to 1.9 cM and contains 1.4 Mb. The genes CTL2, KEAP1 and CDKN2D were screened but were negative for functional sequence variants.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To date, 37 genes have been identified for nonsyndromic hearing impairment (NSHI). Identifying the functional sequence variants within these genes and knowing their population-specific frequencies is of public health value, in particular for genetic screening for NSHI. To determine putatively functional sequence variants in the transmembrane inner ear (TMIE) gene in Pakistani and Jordanian families with autosomal recessive (AR) NSHI, four Jordanian and 168 Pakistani families with ARNSHI that is not due to GJB2 (CX26) were submitted to a genome scan. Two-point and multipoint parametric linkage analyses were performed, and families with logarithmic odds (LOD) scores of 1.0 or greater within the TMIE region underwent further DNA sequencing. The evolutionary conservation and location in predicted protein domains of amino acid residues where sequence variants occurred were studied to elucidate the possible effects of these sequence variants on function. Of seven families that were screened for TMIE, putatively functional sequence variants were found to segregate with hearing impairment in four families but were not seen in not less than 110 ethnically matched control chromosomes. The previously reported c.241C>T (p.R81C) variant was observed in two Pakistani families. Two novel variants, c.92A>G (p.E31G) and the splice site mutation c.212 -2A>C, were identified in one Pakistani and one Jordanian family, respectively. The c.92A>G (p.E31G) variant occurred at a residue that is conserved in the mouse and is predicted to be extracellular. Conservation and potential functionality of previously published mutations were also examined. The prevalence of functional TMIE variants in Pakistani families is 1.7% [95% confidence interval (CI) 0.3-4.8]. Further studies on the spectrum, prevalence rates, and functional effect of sequence variants in the TMIE gene in other populations should demonstrate the true importance of this gene as a cause of hearing impairment.
Full-text · Article · Mar 2006 · Journal of Molecular Medicine