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11.08.2018 | Original Research Article | Ausgabe 2/2018

Documenta Ophthalmologica 2/2018

A novel mutation in the PRPF31 in a North Indian adRP family with incomplete penetrance

Documenta Ophthalmologica > Ausgabe 2/2018
Sofia Bhatia, Shiwali Goyal, Indu R. Singh, Daljit Singh, Vanita Vanita
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Sofia Bhatia and Shiwali Goyal have contributed equally to this work.



To identify the underlying genetic defect for non-syndromic autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa (adRP) with incomplete penetrance in a North Indian family.


Family history and clinical data were collected. Linkage analysis using 72 fluorescently labeled microsatellite markers flanking all the 26 candidate genes known for adRP was performed. Mutation screening in candidate gene at the mapped region was performed by bi-directional DNA sequencing.


Positive two-point lod scores > 1.0 (θ = 0.000) suggestive of linkage were obtained with markers D19S572, D19S927 and D19S926 at 19q13.42, in the vicinity of PRPF31 gene. Mutation screening in all the 14 exonic regions and intron–exon boundaries of PRPF31 revealed a novel change, i.e. c.896G>A (p.Cys299Tyr) in exon eight. The observed change segregated in heterozygous form in all the six affected members and in three carriers, consistent with incomplete penetrance. This substitution was not observed in tested 15 unaffected members and in 200 ethnically matched controls.


Present study describes mapping of a locus for non-syndromic adRP with incomplete penetrance at 19q13.42 in a North Indian family and identifies a novel missense mutation (p.Cys299Tyr) in PRPF31 localized at the mapped interval. The observed substitution lies in the NOP domain of PRPF31 that exhibit RNA and protein binding surfaces and thus may interfere in the formation of spliceosome complex. Due to p.Cys299Tyr substitution hydrogen bonds are generated, which may result in conformational changes and PRPF31 protein deformity. Present findings further substantiate the role of PRPF31 in adRP with incomplete penetrance and expand the mutation spectrum of PRPF31.

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