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J Neurochem. 1988 Jan;50(1):316-8.

Mutation in GM2-gangliosidosis B1 variant.

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  • 1Department of Neurology, University of North Carolina, School of Medicine, Chapel Hill 27599-7250.


Fibroblasts from a patient with GM2-gangliosidosis B1 variant contained mRNA of normal size but in reduced quantity for the beta-hexosaminidase alpha subunit. The nucleotide sequence of a cDNA clone that included the entire protein coding sequence was completely normal except for a single base substitution from G to A at no. 533, resulting in a change from arginine to histidine at amino acid no. 178. The same mutation was found in two other cDNA clones. The position of the mutation is approximately 90 amino acids from the N-terminus of the mature, processed enzyme. Computer analysis predicted substantial alterations in the secondary structure of the enzyme protein. These results provide new insight into functional domains of this enzyme.

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