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Cells Tissues Organs. 2011;194(2-4):279-83. doi: 10.1159/000324339. Epub 2011 May 19.

Amelogenesis imperfecta: genotype-phenotype studies in 71 families.

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Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.


Amelogenesis imperfecta (AI) represents hereditary conditions affecting the quality and quantity of enamel. Six genes are known to cause AI (AMELX, ENAM, MMP20, KLK4, FAM83H, and WDR72). Our aim was to determine the distribution of different gene mutations in a large AI population and evaluate phenotype-genotype relationships. Affected and unaffected family members were evaluated clinically and radiographically by one examiner. Genotyping was completed using genomic DNA obtained from blood or saliva. A total of 494 individuals were enrolled, with 430 (224 affected, 202 unaffected, and 4 not definitive) belonging to 71 families with conditions consistent with the diagnosis of AI. Diverse clinical phenotypes were observed (i.e. hypoplastic, hypocalcified, and hypomaturation). Genotyping revealed mutations in all 6 candidate genes. A molecular diagnosis was made in 132 affected individuals (59%) and in 26 of the families (37%). Mutations involved 12 families with FAM83H (46%), 6 families with AMELX (23%), 3 families with ENAM (11%), 2 families with KLK4 and MMP20 (8% for each gene), and 1 family with a WDR72 mutation (4%). Phenotypic variants were associated with allelic FAM83H and AMELX mutations. Two seemingly unrelated families had the same KLK4 mutation. Families affected with AI where candidate gene mutations were not identified could have mutations not identifiable by traditional gene sequencing (e.g. exon deletion) or they could have promoter sequence mutations not evaluated in this study. However, the results suggest that there remain new AI causative genes to be identified.

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