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Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2010 Apr;51(4):2236-42. doi: 10.1167/iovs.09-4437. Epub 2009 Nov 20.

Compound heterozygosity of two novel truncation mutations in RP1 causing autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa.

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  • 1Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.


Purpose. To evaluate the phenotypic effects of two novel frameshift mutations in the RP1 gene in a Chinese pedigree of autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa (ARRP). Methods. Family members of a proband with ARRP were screened for RP1, RHO, NR2E3, and NRL mutations by direct sequencing. Detected RP1 mutations were genotyped in 225 control subjects. Since one family member with the RP1 deletion mutation in exon 2 was found to have age-related macular degeneration (AMD) but not RP, exons 2 and 3 of RP1 were screened in 120 patients with exudative AMD. Major AMD-associated SNPs in the HTRA1 and CFH genes were also investigated. Results. Two novel frameshift mutations in RP1, c.5_6delGT and c.4941_4942insT, were identified in the pedigree. They were absent in 225 control subjects. Family members who were compound heterozygous for the nonsense mutations had early-onset and severe RP, whereas those with only one mutation did not have RP. No mutations in RHO, NR2E3, and NRL were identified in the pedigree. Subject I:2 with AMD carried both at-risk genotypes at HTRA1 rs11200638 and CFH rs800292. No mutation in RP1 exons 2 and 3 was identified in 120 AMD patients. Conclusions. This report is the first to associate ARRP with compound heterozygous nonsense mutations in RP1. Identification of the nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD)-sensitive mutation c.5_6delGT provided further genetic evidence that haploinsufficiency of RP1 is not responsible for RP. The authors propose four classes of truncation mutations in the RP1 gene with different effects on the etiology of RP.

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