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JIMD Rep. 2012;4:55-65. doi: 10.1007/8904_2011_68. Epub 2011 Oct 20.

Identification of 11 Novel Homogentisate 1,2 Dioxygenase Variants in Alkaptonuria Patients and Establishment of a Novel LOVD-Based HGD Mutation Database.

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Laboratory of Genetics, Institute of Molecular Physiology and Genetics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Vlarska 5, 833 34, Bratislava, Slovakia,


Enzymatic loss in alkaptonuria (AKU), an autosomal recessive disorder, is caused by mutations in the homogentisate 1,2 dioxygenase (HGD) gene, which decrease or completely inactivate the function of the HGD protein to metabolize homogentisic acid (HGA). AKU shows a very low prevalence (1:100,000-250,000) in most ethnic groups, but there are countries with much higher incidence, such as Slovakia and the Dominican Republic. In this work, we report 11 novel HGD mutations identified during analysis of 36 AKU patients and 41 family members from 27 families originating from 9 different countries, mainly from Slovakia and France. In Slovak patients, we identified two additional mutations, thus a total number of HGD mutations identified in this small country is 12. In order to record AKU-causing mutations and variants of the HGD gene, we have created a HGD mutation database that is open for future submissions and is available online ( ). It is founded on the Leiden Open (source) Variation Database (LOVD) system and includes data from the original AKU database ( ) and also all so far reported variants and AKU patients. Where available, HGD-haplotypes associated with the mutations are also presented. Currently, this database contains 148 unique variants, of which 115 are reported pathogenic mutations. It provides a valuable tool for information exchange in AKU research and care fields and certainly presents a useful data source for genotype-phenotype correlations and also for future clinical trials.

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