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Eye (Lond). 2013 Oct;27(10):1204-13. doi: 10.1038/eye.2013.137. Epub 2013 Jul 26.

Contribution of SNRNP200 sequence variations to retinitis pigmentosa.

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Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.



Mutations in the SNRNP200 gene have been reported to cause autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa (adRP). In this study, we evaluate the mutation profile of SNRNP200 in a cohort of southern Chinese RP patients.


Twenty adRP patients from 11 families and 165 index patients with non-syndromic RP with mixed inheritance patterns were screened for mutations in the mutation hotspots of SNRNP200. These included exons 12-16, 22-32, and 38-45, which covered the two helicase ATP-binding domains in DEAD-box and two sec-63 domains. The targeted regions were amplified by polymerase chain reaction and analyzed by direct DNA sequencing, followed by in silico analyses.


Totally 26 variants were identified, 18 of which were novel. Three non-synonymous variants (p.C502R, p.R1779H and p.I698V) were found exclusively in patients. Two of them, p.C502R and p.R1779H, were each identified in one simplex RP patient, whereas p.I698V occurred in one patient with unknown inheritance pattern. All three residues are highly conserved in SNRNP200 orthologs. Nevertheless, only p.C502R and p.R1779H were predicted to affect protein function by in silico analyses, suggesting these two variants are likely to be disease-causing mutations. Notably, all mutations previously identified in other study populations were not detected in this study.


Our results reveal a distinct mutation profile of the SNRNP200 gene in a southern Chinese cohort of RP patients. The identification of two novel candidate mutations in two respective patients affirmed that SNRNP200 contributes to a proportion of overall RP.

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