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Nat Genet. 1998 Feb;18(2):177-9.

TULP1 mutation in two extended Dominican kindreds with autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa.

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  • 1Department of Genetics & Development, College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York 10032, USA.

Abstract

The RP14 autosomal recessive Retinitis pigmentosa (arRP) locus has been mapped to a 2cM region of chromosome 6p21.3. TULP1 (the gene encoding tubby-like protein 1) is a candidate target for the disease mutation because it maps to the RP14 minimum genetic region and because a mutation in the highly homologous mouse tub gene leads to obesity, deafness and early progressive retinal degeneration. Here we report a splice-site mutation (IVS14+1, G-->A) that is homozygous in all affected individuals (N=33) and heterozygous in all obligate carriers (N=50) from two RP14-linked kindreds. The mutation was not observed in 210 unrelated controls. The data indicate that impairment of TULP1 protein function is a rare cause of arRP and that the normal protein plays an essential role in the physiology of the retina.

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