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Am J Hum Genet. 1997 Apr;60(4):790-7.

Mutational analysis of the PEX gene in patients with X-linked hypophosphatemic rickets.

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Division of Genetics, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


X-linked hypophosphatemic rickets (HYP) is a dominant disorder characterized by renal phosphate wasting and abnormal vitamin D metabolism. PEX, the gene that is defective in HYP and is located on Xp22.1, is homologous to members of the neutral endopeptidase family. However, the complete coding sequence of the PEX cDNA, the structure of the PEX gene, and the role that PEX plays in phosphate transport remain unknown. We determined the genomic structure of the published PEX gene, which was found to be composed of 18 short exons, and demonstrated that the genomic organization of PEX shares homology to members of the family of neutral endopeptidases. Primer sets were designed from the intron sequence, to amplify each PEX exon from genomic DNA of HYP patients. Mutations in PEX were identified in 9/22 unrelated HYP patients, confirming that defects in PEX are responsible for HYP. The mutations detected included three nonsense mutations, a 1-bp deletion leading to a frameshift, a donor splice-site mutation, and missense mutations in four patients. Although the entire PEX gene has not been identified and some mutations may have been missed, the lack of detection of mutations in the remaining 13 patients, especially in 1 patient who has an apparently balanced, de novo 9;13 translocation, implies that there may be other loci involved in the generation of the HYP phenotype.

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